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On October 23, 2077, the world was plunged into nuclear war. But what if you expected the worst? And planned for it? In Appalachia, a group of doomsday preppers did exactly that. Organized as the Free States, they holed up in their bunkers. And survived. At least, for a while…— @Fallout[1]

The Appalachian Free States, or simply the Free States, were a secessionist militia movement primarily consisting of Appalachian survivalists. Following the Great War, they attempted to create a new society, but by 2102 they had been exterminated.


In the years before the Great War, the Appalachian Free States movement formed in West Virginia as a group of local survivalists with separatist overtones. They were staunchly championed by controversial U.S. Senator Sam Blackwell, a close friend of founder Raleigh Clay, even as they came into increasingly violent conflict with local law enforcement.[2] Many people viewed the Free States as "tinfoil hats" obsessed with conspiracy theories about the government.[3] The Free States declared they were seceding from the United States shortly before the Great War.[4]

Many members of the Free States survived the War in self-constructed concrete bunkers.[5] By 2079, they had emerged from their bunkers to rebuild. They began by occupying the ruins of Harpers Ferry,[3] though they were surprised to find the area, which would come to be known as the Mire, plagued by clouds of radiation and heavily mutated wildlife and vegetation.[6] The Free States established tentative ties over the following years with other emerging factions, such as the Responders and the Brotherhood of Steel, but were skeptical of outsiders and careful to maintain their isolation in order to preserve their supply stockpiles.[6]

Sometime before 2102, the Free States were attacked and overwhelmed by the Scorched at Harpers Ferry, and were forced to abandon the town. They began researching countermeasures against the Scorched and Scorchbeasts, but were wiped out before they made any significant headway.[6]

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The Free States appear in Fallout 76.



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