According to Raul Tejada, a ghoul who lived before the Great War, the city had a high crime rate. During the Great War, Mexico City was hit by nuclear weapons, turned into a radioactive crater, to a lesser degree than Washington, D.C. and Bakersfield. The collapse of society resulted in total chaos, and Mexico City was quickly taken over by looters, who formed the beginning of the raider tribes. Many citizens were forced to flee to surrounding areas such as Hidalgo Ranch.
Mexico City is mentioned only in Fallout: New Vegas.
Behind the scenes
- Mexico City is a real-world city, the capital of Mexico.
- In 2042, a major earthquake hit the city, destroying large amounts of it. Use of Mister Handy robots in the reconstruction made them one of the most popular robots of the 21st century.[Non-canon 1][Non-canon 2]
- Raul Tejada: "After the fire, I knew my sister and I couldn't stay at Hidalgo Ranch anymore. The refugees still wanted me dead - they even put a bounty on me. I remember how scared Rafaela was. I told her if she came with me, we'd see the vaqueros - she used to love the rodeo, especially the trick riders. We figured maybe we could find help in Mexico City - we were young, we didn't know what had happened, really. We didn't understand about the bombs."
The Courier: "Wasn't Mexico City basically annihilated in the Great War?"
Raul Tejada: "I don't think it was as hard hit as DC or Bakersfield, but it was bad enough. By the time we got there, the city was a radioactive ruin. Still, the city was full of looters, already forming into the beginnings of raider tribes. Crime was bad before the War, but now it was a nightmare. We were living like scavengers, scraping by on what little food we could find, always looking for medicine for my burns. And then, of course, the radiation started to kick in, turning me into this handsome devil you see before you."
(Raul Tejada's dialogue)
- Raul Tejada: "I grew up in a place called Hidalgo Ranch just outside Mexico City. It wasn't much, just a bit of farm with a house for three generations of Tejadas. I wasn't the best-behaved kid. I was quick with my hands, with a pistol or a wrench, and I wasn't afraid to get into fights over it. I never killed anybody, but I had my share of run-ins with the police. Mostly my family kept me in line. This was before the war. We were far enough away from Mexico City when the bombs fell that we missed the worst of it - but things got bad quick."
The Courier: "Go on."
Raul Tejada: "Just a few days after Mexico City was vaporized, refugees started pouring down the road to our ranch. We helped who we could, but there were so many. Eventually, my father started turning people away before we ran out of food. Things got violent. My father and I got our guns, and we drove them off."
(Raul Tejada's dialogue)
- Mr. Handy design document
- Fallout: The Roleplaying Game Rulebook p.236: "Despite their wide sphere of influence, by the late 2030s, GAI became a global standout for their robots. Mister Handy, one of the first modern and autonomous robots produced, hit the market in 2037. This construction and maintenance model saw widespread use in Mexico and the United States. It was rugged, flexible, and reliable, receiving strong reviews and playing a prominent role in rescue operations after the 2042 earthquake in Mexico City."