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The '''Great Midwest Commonwealth''' or '''Midwest Commonwealth'''<ref>Named ''Midwest Commonwealth'' in ''[[J.E. Sawyer's Fallout Role-Playing Game]]''.</ref> was one of the thirteen commonwealths of the pre-[[Great War|War]] [[United States of America]]. Created in 1969<ref>Plaque on the Massachusetts statehouse in Fallout 4 gives 1969 as the formation date of the "Thirteen commonwealths"</ref>, it was comprised of the former states of [[wikipedia:Wisconsin|Wisconsin]], [[wikipedia:Minnesota|Minnesota]], [[wikipedia:Illinois|Illinois]], [[wikipedia:Indiana|Indiana]] and [[wikipedia:Michigan|Michigan]].
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The '''Great Midwest Commonwealth''' or '''Midwest Commonwealth''' was one of the thirteen commonwealths of the pre-[[Great War|War]] [[United States of America]].
   
==Former Illinois==
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==Background==
It seems that the Illinois Wasteland was conquered by stranded [[Brotherhood of Steel]] members known as the [[Brotherhood of Steel (Midwest)|Midwestern Brotherhood]], although the exact amount of territory that they own is unknown. They led a harsh rule on the state. [[Enclave]] outposts are also said to be located in the boundaries of [[Chicago]].
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Created in 1969, it was comprised of the former states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.<ref>Plaque on the [[Massachusetts State House]] in ''Fallout 4'' gives 1969 as the formation date of the "Thirteen commonwealths."</ref><ref>Named ''Midwest Commonwealth'' in ''[[J.E. Sawyer's Fallout Role-Playing Game]]''.</ref> The commonwealth bordered the [[Northern Commonwealth]], the [[Plains Commonwealth]], the [[East Central Commonwealth]], and the country of [[Canada]].
   
==Former Minnesota==
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==Former Midwest==
In [[Timeline#2198|2198]], three large craters can be seen in southern Minnesota roughly corresponding with the area encompassing the city of Minneapolis.<ref>Fallout: Tactics world map</ref>
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John Cassidy mentions that there are miles-wide twisters in the Midwest and this region is one big radioactive dustbowl.<ref>[[John Cassidy]]: ''"{363}{}{I hear they got twisters miles wide in the Midwest. It's a big ol' radioactive dustbowl now.}"''<br />([[VCCasidy.msg|John Cassidy's dialogue]])</ref> He mentions that he regrets not exploring the area in his youth.<ref>[[John Cassidy]]: ''"{362}{}{If I was twenty years younger, I'd go east and explore the Midwest. Too late now, I s'pose.}"''<br />([[VCCasidy.msg|John Cassidy's dialogue]])</ref>
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===Former Illinois===
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{{icon|FOT}} {{color|gray|Corporal [[Armstrong (Van Buren)|Armstrong]] is mentioned as serving in either the 4th or 13th Great Midwest Commonwealth Armored Infantry Division.}}
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{{color|gray|Following the defeat of the Master, the [[Brotherhood of Steel]] suffered an internal conflict between reformists and traditionalists. Ultimately those that wished for reforms were sent east on an expedition to survey the extent of the remaining super-mutant threat. A small fleet of airships was used in this task, with all but one being taken down by a storm as they crossed the Rocky Mountains. The surviving members of the expedition landed just outside of Chicago.}}
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{{color|gray|Far from the elders in Lost Hills, a new [[Midwestern Brotherhood]] chapter was formed. It diverged heavily from Brotherhood orthodoxy, incorporating many small towns, protecting the locals from raiders and other threats, and distributing advanced technology. They also began openly recruiting not just wastelanders, but ghouls, super mutants, and even talking deathclaws. By 2197, they had firmly established a neo-feudal society around Chicago.}}
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{{color|gray|The Brotherhood would expand outwards into the state as threats presented themselves. The local raider bands would try to take over [[Rock Falls]], while [[Beastlords]] would threaten the city of [[Quincy (Fallout Tactics)|Quincy]].}}
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Another expedition would be sent east by the Brotherhood of Steel in 2254, this time with the destination being Washington D.C. as part of this expedition, contact was to be made with chapters of the Brotherhood in the region. The Midwestern Brotherhood was contacted and confirmed they were still operating out of Chicago, having recently waged a war against a band of super mutants.
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[[Elizabeth Jameson]] mentions Chicago when explaining to the [[Lone Wanderer]] the ongoing super mutant conflict the [[Brotherhood of Steel (East Coast)|Brotherhood of Steel]] has been embroiled in over the last few decades.<ref name="JamesonChicago" >The [[Lone Wanderer]]: ''"Care to share anything about the Super Mutants?"''<br />[[Elizabeth Jameson]]: ''"The Brotherhood has been battling Super Mutants for decades. First out West, then in Chicago. Now here. But this group of Super Mutants is different, somehow. Physically, yes, but mentally as well. If we knew where they came from, we'd know why."''<br />([[ScribeJameson.txt|Elizabeth Jameson's dialogue]])</ref><ref>[[Fallout 3 Official Game Guide]] Game of the Year Edition p. 71: ''Elder Owyn Lyons''<br />''"Lyons, 75, was already highly decorated when he set out from the order's West Coast headquarters, leading a party of soldiers on a mission to reestablish contact with the "Eastern Brotherhood." He discovered this abandoned Pentagon military complex. The presence of Super Mutants sent a chill up the collective spine of the Brotherhood; these weren't the children of the dreaded Master, nor were they the remnants of the band that fled east and were ultimately destroyed (or assimilated into the Brotherhood of Steel) in the Chicago area. No, this was a new breed of Super Mutant, one with a local origin. But where did they come from? What did they want? How were they reproducing? Elder Lyons was ordered to discover the source of this new Super Mutant infestation and wipe it from the face of the earth. Recent weeks have seen him galvanize his "Pride" to thwart the remnants of the Enclave forces, and to provide drinking water to all."''<br />([[Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census]])</ref>
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The [[Enclave]] maintained an outpost in Chicago. In the message [[Whitley]] recorded and stored before sending [[ED-E]] to [[Navarro]], he requests anyone at the Chicago outpost to give the unit any repairs it needs.<ref name="FNVWhitley">[[Whitley]]: ''"Subject E: Diagnosis complete. Begin Recording.''<br />''My name is Whitley. I'm a researcher at Adams Air Force base. Until recently I was in charge of the Duraframe reinforcement project for the combat model Eyebots. Eyebot Duraframe Subject E is both the prototype, and the last functional model in this test group. I was prepared to make several significant upgrades to the machines. However, as the project was canceled and all Duraframe assets are being diverted to Hellfire Armor, I am sending this model to the Navarro outpost. If you are listening to this log from one of our Enclave Outposts in Chicago, give this unit whatever repairs it needs so it can continue to Navarro."''</ref> When ED-E made it to Chicago, it was a young boy named [[Tommy (Lonesome Road)|Tommy]], his [[The Dad|father]] and [[The Mom|mother]] that helped with the repairs.<ref name="EDEFNVLR">The [[Courier]]: ''"Sounds like that kid was pretty fond of you. Why did you leave?"''<br />[[ED-E (Lonesome Road)|ED-E]]: ''Wistful beeping''<br />The Courier: ''"Where did this happen?"''<br />ED-E: ''Happy beeping''<br />The Courier: ''"Illinois? So that's where you got that plate. The other you, I mean."''<br />ED-E: ''Happy beeping''<br />The Courier: ''"What's a Chicago?"''<br />ED-E: ''Expository beeping''<br />([[NVDLC04EDE.txt|ED-E's dialogue]])</ref>
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Before the Great War, Detective [[Nick Valentine (human)|Nick Valentine]] together with his fiance [[Jennifer Lands]] transferred from the Chicago Police to [[Boston]] to assist the [[Boston Police Department]] in [[Operation Winter's End (police task force)|Operation Winter's End]].
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An [[Appalachia]]n resident named [[Shawn Aaronholt]] wrote a note that mentions Chicago, and that he disagreed with his brother [[Lowell Aaronholt|Lowell]] about moving there, wanting to head to the south instead.<ref>[[Shawn's journal]]: ''"John and I are sick of hearing Lowell talk about Chicago all the damn time. Lowell wants us to pack up and head that way. Who gives a shit about Chicago? I always thought we should travel more south to see if any of our cousins survived."''</ref> A note titled [[Lowell Aaronholt's last will and testament|Last will and testament]] written by Lowell also mentions Chicago, in that he wishes he would have gone there.<ref>[[Lowell Aaronholt's last will and testament]]: ''"To whomever finds my body- The granary shed holds provisions that should last you a little while. I ponder what became of my brothers Shawn and John. I should have gone to Chicago."''</ref>
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===Former Michigan===
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Detroit is mentioned in the [[Eden Meadows Cinemas]] terminal entries as having manufactured Roborilla, a fictional American-made robot featured in an upcoming movie ''[[Manzilloid vs. Roborilla]]''.<ref>[[Eden Meadows Cinemas terminal entries#Manzilloid vs. Roborilla|Eden Meadows Cinemas terminal entries; Manzilloid vs. Roborilla]]</ref>
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In [[Appalachia]], a man named [[Johnny Weston]] mentions to the player character that he may or may not be from Detroit and refuses to tell them his origins.<ref>[[Resident (Vault 76)|Resident]]: ''"Where are you from originally?"''<br />[[Johnny Weston]]: ''"I don't really talk about it. I'm from all over. I used to see a lot of military bases as a kid, until I struck out on my own. When the [[Great War|bombs dropped]], I was living in [[Eastern Commonwealth|New York]]. Or maybe, [[Boston]]. Or coulda been Detroit, or [[Boneyard|LA]]. Maybe even [[United Kingdom|England]]. Sorry you don't get to know. No one does. I've got my reasons for keeping it that way, and I'm safer for it."''</ref>
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==Major factions==
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* [[Brotherhood of Steel (Midwest)|Midwestern Brotherhood]]
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* The [[Enclave]]
   
 
==Known locations==
 
==Known locations==
* [[Vault 1]] (''[[Van Buren]]'')
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{| class="va-table sortable"
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! style="width: 40%;" | '''Name of location'''
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! style="width: 20%;" | '''Former state'''
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! style="width: 40%;" | '''Game(s)'''
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| [[Bunker Alpha]]
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| Illinois
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| {{icon|FOT}}
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|-
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|-
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| [[Bunker Beta]]
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| Illinois
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| {{icon|FOT}}
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|-
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|-
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| [[Bunker Gamma]]
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| Illinois
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| {{icon|FOT}}
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|-
   
* Former Illinois
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** [[Bunker Alpha]] (''[[Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel|Fallout Tactics]]'')
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| [[Chicago]]
** [[Bunker Beta]] (''Fallout Tactics'')
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| Illinois
** [[Bunker Gamma]] (''Fallout Tactics'')
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| {{icon|FOT}} {{icon|FO3}} {{icon|FNV}} {{icon|FO4}} {{icon|FO76}}
** [[Chicago]] (Appears in ''Fallout Tactics''; mentioned in ''[[Fallout 3]]'', ''[[Fallout: New Vegas]]'', ''[[Fallout 4]]'' and ''[[Fallout 76]]'')
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** [[Dirt Haven]] (''Fallout Tactics'')
 
** [[Freeport]] (''Fallout Tactics'')
 
** [[Macomb]] (''Fallout Tactics'')
 
** [[Peoria]] (''Fallout Tactics'')
 
** [[Quincy (Fallout Tactics)|Quincy]] (''Fallout Tactics'')
 
** [[Rock Falls]] (''Fallout Tactics'')
 
** [[Springfield]] (''Fallout Tactics'')
 
   
* Former Michigan
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** [[Detroit]] (Mentioned in ''[[Fallout 4]]'')
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| [[Dirt Haven]]
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| Illinois
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| {{icon|FOT}}
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* Former Wisconsin
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** [[Appleton]] (Mentioned in ''[[Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel|Fallout Tactics]]'')
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| [[Freeport]]
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| Illinois
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| {{icon|FOT}}
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|-
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|-
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| [[Macomb]]
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| Illinois
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| {{icon|FOT}}
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|-
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|-
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| [[Peoria]]
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| Illinois
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| {{icon|FOT}}
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|-
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|-
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| [[Freeport]]
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| Illinois
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| {{icon|FOT}}
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|-
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|-
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| [[Quincy (Fallout Tactics)|Quincy]]
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| Illinois
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| {{icon|FOT}}
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|-
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| [[Rock Falls]]
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| Illinois
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| {{icon|FOT}}
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|-
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| [[Springfield]]
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| Illinois
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| {{icon|FOT}}
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| [[Detroit]]
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| Michigan
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| {{icon|FO4FH}} {{icon|FO76WL}}
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==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
Places in the Great Midwest Commonwealth appear in ''[[Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel|Fallout Tactics]]'', and were mentioned in ''[[Fallout 3]]'', ''[[Fallout: New Vegas]]'' and its [[Fallout: New Vegas add-ons|add-on]] ''[[Lonesome Road (add-on)|Lonesome Road]]'', ''[[Fallout 4]]'', ''[[Fallout 76]]'', and ''[[Van Buren]]''. Additionally, it was also the setting of [[Van Buren tech demo]] because of the presence of [[Armstrong (Van Buren)|Armstrong]], a corporal serving in either the 4th or 13th Great Midwest Commonwealth Armored Infantry Division.
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The Great Midwest Commonwealth appears in ''[[Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel|Fallout Tactics]]'', and is mentioned in ''[[Fallout 3]]'', ''[[Fallout: New Vegas]]'' and its [[Fallout: New Vegas add-ons|add-on]] ''[[Lonesome Road (add-on)|Lonesome Road]]'', ''[[Fallout 4]]'', ''[[Van Buren]]'', its [[Van Buren tech demo|tech demo]], and in the ''[[Fallout 76]]'' ''[[Wastelanders]]'' [[Fallout 76 updates|update]].
   
 
==References==
 
==References==

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The Great Midwest Commonwealth or Midwest Commonwealth was one of the thirteen commonwealths of the pre-War United States of America.

BackgroundEdit

Created in 1969, it was comprised of the former states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.[1][2] The commonwealth bordered the Northern Commonwealth, the Plains Commonwealth, the East Central Commonwealth, and the country of Canada.

Former MidwestEdit

John Cassidy mentions that there are miles-wide twisters in the Midwest and this region is one big radioactive dustbowl.[3] He mentions that he regrets not exploring the area in his youth.[4]

Former IllinoisEdit

Gametitle-FOT Corporal Armstrong is mentioned as serving in either the 4th or 13th Great Midwest Commonwealth Armored Infantry Division.

Following the defeat of the Master, the Brotherhood of Steel suffered an internal conflict between reformists and traditionalists. Ultimately those that wished for reforms were sent east on an expedition to survey the extent of the remaining super-mutant threat. A small fleet of airships was used in this task, with all but one being taken down by a storm as they crossed the Rocky Mountains. The surviving members of the expedition landed just outside of Chicago.

Far from the elders in Lost Hills, a new Midwestern Brotherhood chapter was formed. It diverged heavily from Brotherhood orthodoxy, incorporating many small towns, protecting the locals from raiders and other threats, and distributing advanced technology. They also began openly recruiting not just wastelanders, but ghouls, super mutants, and even talking deathclaws. By 2197, they had firmly established a neo-feudal society around Chicago.

The Brotherhood would expand outwards into the state as threats presented themselves. The local raider bands would try to take over Rock Falls, while Beastlords would threaten the city of Quincy.

Another expedition would be sent east by the Brotherhood of Steel in 2254, this time with the destination being Washington D.C. as part of this expedition, contact was to be made with chapters of the Brotherhood in the region. The Midwestern Brotherhood was contacted and confirmed they were still operating out of Chicago, having recently waged a war against a band of super mutants.

Elizabeth Jameson mentions Chicago when explaining to the Lone Wanderer the ongoing super mutant conflict the Brotherhood of Steel has been embroiled in over the last few decades.[5][6]

The Enclave maintained an outpost in Chicago. In the message Whitley recorded and stored before sending ED-E to Navarro, he requests anyone at the Chicago outpost to give the unit any repairs it needs.[7] When ED-E made it to Chicago, it was a young boy named Tommy, his father and mother that helped with the repairs.[8]

Before the Great War, Detective Nick Valentine together with his fiance Jennifer Lands transferred from the Chicago Police to Boston to assist the Boston Police Department in Operation Winter's End.

An Appalachian resident named Shawn Aaronholt wrote a note that mentions Chicago, and that he disagreed with his brother Lowell about moving there, wanting to head to the south instead.[9] A note titled Last will and testament written by Lowell also mentions Chicago, in that he wishes he would have gone there.[10]

Former MichiganEdit

Detroit is mentioned in the Eden Meadows Cinemas terminal entries as having manufactured Roborilla, a fictional American-made robot featured in an upcoming movie Manzilloid vs. Roborilla.[11]

In Appalachia, a man named Johnny Weston mentions to the player character that he may or may not be from Detroit and refuses to tell them his origins.[12]

Major factionsEdit

Known locationsEdit

Name of location Former state Game(s)
Bunker Alpha Illinois Gametitle-FOT
Bunker Beta Illinois Gametitle-FOT
Bunker Gamma Illinois Gametitle-FOT
Chicago Illinois Gametitle-FOT Gametitle-FO3 Gametitle-FNV Gametitle-FO4 Gametitle-FO76
Dirt Haven Illinois Gametitle-FOT
Freeport Illinois Gametitle-FOT
Macomb Illinois Gametitle-FOT
Peoria Illinois Gametitle-FOT
Freeport Illinois Gametitle-FOT
Quincy Illinois Gametitle-FOT
Rock Falls Illinois Gametitle-FOT
Springfield Illinois Gametitle-FOT
Detroit Michigan Gametitle-FO4 FH Gametitle-FO76 WL

AppearancesEdit

The Great Midwest Commonwealth appears in Fallout Tactics, and is mentioned in Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas and its add-on Lonesome Road, Fallout 4, Van Buren, its tech demo, and in the Fallout 76 Wastelanders update.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Plaque on the Massachusetts State House in Fallout 4 gives 1969 as the formation date of the "Thirteen commonwealths."
  2. Named Midwest Commonwealth in J.E. Sawyer's Fallout Role-Playing Game.
  3. John Cassidy: "{363}{}{I hear they got twisters miles wide in the Midwest. It's a big ol' radioactive dustbowl now.}"
    (John Cassidy's dialogue)
  4. John Cassidy: "{362}{}{If I was twenty years younger, I'd go east and explore the Midwest. Too late now, I s'pose.}"
    (John Cassidy's dialogue)
  5. The Lone Wanderer: "Care to share anything about the Super Mutants?"
    Elizabeth Jameson: "The Brotherhood has been battling Super Mutants for decades. First out West, then in Chicago. Now here. But this group of Super Mutants is different, somehow. Physically, yes, but mentally as well. If we knew where they came from, we'd know why."
    (Elizabeth Jameson's dialogue)
  6. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p. 71: Elder Owyn Lyons
    "Lyons, 75, was already highly decorated when he set out from the order's West Coast headquarters, leading a party of soldiers on a mission to reestablish contact with the "Eastern Brotherhood." He discovered this abandoned Pentagon military complex. The presence of Super Mutants sent a chill up the collective spine of the Brotherhood; these weren't the children of the dreaded Master, nor were they the remnants of the band that fled east and were ultimately destroyed (or assimilated into the Brotherhood of Steel) in the Chicago area. No, this was a new breed of Super Mutant, one with a local origin. But where did they come from? What did they want? How were they reproducing? Elder Lyons was ordered to discover the source of this new Super Mutant infestation and wipe it from the face of the earth. Recent weeks have seen him galvanize his "Pride" to thwart the remnants of the Enclave forces, and to provide drinking water to all."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  7. Whitley: "Subject E: Diagnosis complete. Begin Recording.
    My name is Whitley. I'm a researcher at Adams Air Force base. Until recently I was in charge of the Duraframe reinforcement project for the combat model Eyebots. Eyebot Duraframe Subject E is both the prototype, and the last functional model in this test group. I was prepared to make several significant upgrades to the machines. However, as the project was canceled and all Duraframe assets are being diverted to Hellfire Armor, I am sending this model to the Navarro outpost. If you are listening to this log from one of our Enclave Outposts in Chicago, give this unit whatever repairs it needs so it can continue to Navarro."
  8. The Courier: "Sounds like that kid was pretty fond of you. Why did you leave?"
    ED-E: Wistful beeping
    The Courier: "Where did this happen?"
    ED-E: Happy beeping
    The Courier: "Illinois? So that's where you got that plate. The other you, I mean."
    ED-E: Happy beeping
    The Courier: "What's a Chicago?"
    ED-E: Expository beeping
    (ED-E's dialogue)
  9. Shawn's journal: "John and I are sick of hearing Lowell talk about Chicago all the damn time. Lowell wants us to pack up and head that way. Who gives a shit about Chicago? I always thought we should travel more south to see if any of our cousins survived."
  10. Lowell Aaronholt's last will and testament: "To whomever finds my body- The granary shed holds provisions that should last you a little while. I ponder what became of my brothers Shawn and John. I should have gone to Chicago."
  11. Eden Meadows Cinemas terminal entries; Manzilloid vs. Roborilla
  12. Resident: "Where are you from originally?"
    Johnny Weston: "I don't really talk about it. I'm from all over. I used to see a lot of military bases as a kid, until I struck out on my own. When the bombs dropped, I was living in New York. Or maybe, Boston. Or coulda been Detroit, or LA. Maybe even England. Sorry you don't get to know. No one does. I've got my reasons for keeping it that way, and I'm safer for it."
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