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The NCR-Legion War is an ongoing military conflict in 2281 between the New California Republic and Caesar's Legion.

Background

In 2274, President Aaron Kimball rose to prominence as the "Hero of the Mojave" by mitigating tribal threats to NCR citizens in the region.[2] The president sent the NCR army into the Mojave with the objective of occupying and repairing Hoover Dam. Meanwhile, an army of conquered slaves, Caesar's Legion, established a presence on Fortification Hill in 2277, overlooking the Hoover Dam from the east.[3]

The war, described as belonging to Kimball, and the NCR's occupation of the Mojave is inextricably bound to his political career.[4] With the conflict between the Legion and NCR looming, during a time of political unrest, Kimball serves more so than ever as a symbol of the NCR occupation of the Mojave.[5] Caesar himself notes that his troops will capitalize on the moment of Kimball's death, watching the NCR subsequently recoil from the Mojave, providing the opportunity for the Legion to strike.[5]

First Battle of Hoover Dam

Shortly after arriving in the Mojave, Caesar ordered the Malpais Legate to attack NCR forces at Hoover Dam, known as the First Battle of Hoover Dam. The NCR fended off the attack, managing to both successfully prevent Hoover Dam from getting overrun by Legion troops and trap the Legion in the middle of the dam, at the same time. Taking advantage of the situation, NCR sharpshooters targeted the officers and battle-hardened veterans from afar. In an attempt to salvage the deteriorating situation, the Legion's elite forces were ordered to pursue the sharpshooters. Assuming it was a retreat, the Malpais Legate ordered Legion forces to follow into Boulder City.[6]

When the Legion's elite forces stormed the city, they were unaware that the NCR had rigged explosives and C4 across the entire town, the detonation of which eliminated what remained of the attacking forces, resulting in 107 NCR casualties.[7] Furious at the Malpais Legate's humiliating defeat at the dam, Caesar ordered his men to cover the legate with pitch, set him on fire, and throw him into the Grand Canyon. He then bestowed the rank on Lanius.

Destruction of Hopeville and Ashton

In 2277, Caesar's Legion committed a significant force to capture the independent towns of Ashton and Hopeville near the state line of California and Nevada, recognizing that the area was a major supply line for the NCR's efforts.[8] The NCR contested the Legion's control, in the process of annexing the area and solidifying its position by way of special forces.[9][10]

Meanwhile, a courier arrived from Navarro with a package, the contents of which were unknown to both the courier and recipient. This shipment contained a detonator that when in range, remotely linked with the ICBM computers, sending a signal to the dormant nuclear missiles lying in the silos beneath the ground.[Non-game 1]

The weapons began to detonate one after another, splitting the earth, cracking and twisting the landscape, causing massive earthquakes. The disaster created the Divide, comprised of a wind-beaten maze of twisting canyons, skin-flaying dust storms, and abominations.

The detonation had significant effects on the war in the Mojave. Firstly, both the NCR and the Legion suffered casualties, the survivors being transformed into Marked men. Secondly, the Divide was rendered impassable, greatly hindering the NCR's logistics.[11] They were not able to properly capitalize on their victory at Hoover Dam, with the Malpais Legate having survived, crediting this event with the Legion being able to persist after the battle.[11]

Willow Beach and Arizona Spillway

Despite their major setback, the Legion found some success in conducting smaller operations against the NCR in the following years. In 2281, they opened the radioactive waste containers from San Onofre in the firehouse within Camp Searchlight,[12] and established the Cottonwood Cove outpost, and raiding bases such as Ranger Station Charlie, and the towns of Nipton and Nelson. They also sent spies into the New Vegas Strip. They secretly plotted their second assault on the dam at Fortification Hill. As they had finally rebuilt their strength, Caesar ordered his forces to expel the NCR from the east side of the river in what would be known as the Battle of Willow Beach, Battle of Arizona Spillway and the Battle of Nelson. All three of these battles would prove to be victorious for the Legion.[Non-game 2] Chief Hanlon remarks that the NCR loses over a thousand troopers every year.[13]

Events

The following events took place or ran concurrently with the NCR and the Legion conflict.

Conflicts
Events Concurrent

Forces

Legion

Aside from their main base at Fortification Hill, the Legion currently has control of Cottonwood Cove, Camp Nelson, the Techatticup Mine, and Nipton. The area around Camp Forlorn Hope is also populated heavily by Legion forces.

After the Courier enters the Lucky 38, they are subsequently approached by Vulpes Inculta or Alerio on behalf of Caesar, inviting them to the Fort. Caesar instructs them to enter a nearby underground bunker and destroy it. Caesar also orders the Courier to execute Robert House and asks them to assist in forging alliances with the Boomers and the White Glove Society.

Legion forces
Leadership Potential alliances

NCR

Although the NCR struggles against various enemies such as the Great Khans and the Powder Gangers, they hold various strongholds including the Mojave Outpost. Ambassador Crocker noted the Courier's entry into the Lucky 38, summoning them to the embassy. Crocker asks them to assist in forging alliances with the Boomers as well as help ease the tension between NCR and the Kings in Freeside.

Colonel Moore asks the Courier to gain the support of the Great Khans or destroy them, then destroy or sign a truce with the Brotherhood of Steel. The Courier is then tasked with protecting President Kimball during his visit to Hoover Dam.

NCR forces
Leadership Potential alliances

Outcome

The Mojave Campaign ends with the Second Battle of Hoover Dam, and the outcome of the campaign ultimately depends on the decisions made by the Courier. If NCR is supported, it secures Hoover Dam, all major Mojave territories (including the Strip and Freeside), and Fortification Hill. If Caesar's Legion is supported, it conquers Hoover Dam and the entire Mojave region up to the Mojave Outpost. Legate Lanius will express a desire to go on to conquer California.

Alternatively, the war is brought to an abrupt halt if the Courier either supports Mr. House or works with Yes Man to take over the Mojave for themself. The NCR initially defeats Caesar's Legion at Hoover Dam while Mr. House's Securitron army destroys Fortification Hill. After this, the Securitron army ejects all NCR military presence from the region, the violence of this forced withdrawal depending on the Courier's negotiation with General Oliver.

Ending slides

Caesar's Legion

Narrated by Ron Perlman

# Slide Voice-over narration In-game condition
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Caesar entered The Strip as though it was his Triumph. The Legion pushed the NCR out of New Vegas entirely, driving them back to the Mojave Outpost. The Legion occupied all major locations, enslaving much of the population and peacefully lording over the rest. Under the Legion's banner, civilization - unforgiving as it was - finally came to the Mojave Wasteland. Do not allow Caesar to die in Et Tumor, Brute?, complete the endgame quest Veni, Vidi, Vici for Caesar's Legion.
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The Legate is crowned as the new Caesar. He entered The Strip as though it was a military target, destroying anyone who resisted him. The Legion brutally occupied all major locations, killing and enslaving a large amount of the population. Under the Legion's banner, civilization - savage as it was - finally came to the Mojave Wasteland. Allow Caesar to die in Et Tumor, Brute?, complete the endgame quest Veni, Vidi, Vici for Caesar's Legion.

New California Republic

Narrated by Ron Perlman

# Slide Voice-over narration In-game condition
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The New California Republic celebrated its second victory at Hoover Dam, establishing definitive control over the entire Mojave Wasteland. Soon after, they negotiated terms to annex The Strip, Freeside, and many surrounding communities. The Mojave Wasteland, at long last, had entirely fallen under the NCR's banner. Complete the endgame quest Eureka! for the NCR.

Independent

Narrated by Ron Perlman

# Slide Voice-over narration In-game condition
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The Courier, with the aid of Yes Man, drove both the Legion and the NCR from Hoover Dam, securing New Vegas' independence from both factions. With Mr. House out of the picture, the remaining Securitrons on The Strip were hard-pressed to keep order. Anarchy ruled the streets. When the fires died, New Vegas remained, assuming its position as an independent power in the Mojave. Complete Wild Card: You and What Army? for an independent New Vegas without upgrading the Securitrons.
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The Courier, with the aid of Yes Man, drove both the Legion and the NCR from Hoover Dam, securing New Vegas' independence from both factions. With Mr. House out of the picture, part of the Securitron army was diverted to The Strip to keep order. Any chaos on the streets was ended, quickly. Chaos became uncertainty, then acceptance, with minimal loss of life. New Vegas assumed its position as an independent power in the Mojave. Complete Wild Card: You and What Army? for an independent New Vegas with the upgraded Securitrons.

Mr. House

Narrated by Ron Perlman

# Slide Voice-over narration In-game condition
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Mr. House's Securitron army took control of Hoover Dam and The Strip, pushing both the Legion and the exhausted NCR out of New Vegas. Mr. House continued to run New Vegas his way, a despotic vision of pre-War glory. The streets were orderly, efficient, cold. New Vegas continued to be the sole place in the wasteland where fortunes were won and lost in the blink of an eye. Complete The House Always Wins for Mr. House.

References

  1. The Courier: "What will you do if I don't turn you in?"
    Hanlon: "Oliver can't stand that rangers got credit for victory at Hoover. Whatever I recommend, he does the opposite. I said I wanted them on the ridge. He put them right on the western part of the dam itself. We don't have enough firepower to hold that spot. If the troopers fall back, and they will, the rangers will advance to cover Oliver's retreat. We lose the dam, Oliver and the senate are ruined."
    The Courier: "That's crazy."
    Hanlon: "Maybe fifty rangers will die on that dam. We lose over a thousand troopers every year. Being here is crazy. Getting out's the only sane thing to do."
    (Hanlon's dialogue)
  2. Courier: "Why do you care whether Kimball lives or dies?"
    Robert House: "I care because he is a known quantity - not the man so much as the political context he inhabits. Kimball rose to prominence as the "Hero of the Mojave" when he led a campaign of reprisals against tribals who dared to attack NCR citizens. Ordering the occupation of Hoover Dam was his first act of office. As water and electricity flowed to NCR cities, his popularity soared. Conversely, his failure to annex the Mojave these seven years, and the immense costs of occupying a foreign land, have eroded his popular support."
    (Robert House's dialogue)
  3. Caesar: "Down the hill, at the west edge of camp, is an old building. It was here when the Fort was taken in 2277."
    (Caesar's dialogue)
  4. Courier: "So why don't you want the NCR President to die?"
    Robert House: "Kimball's entire political career is inextricably bound up with the NCR's occupation of the Mojave. It's his war. If I compel the NCR to retreat, Kimball will be the sacrifice offered to the gods, so decent NCR citizens can get on with their lives. In retrospect, the Mojave and Hoover Dam will seem like one man's misadventure. Kimball will be blamed, not me. Not New Vegas."
    (Robert House's dialogue)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Courier: "You have to understand that Kimball is a symbol. Without him, there would be no NCR occupation of the Mojave. He mustered the troops - as many as his senate would allow - and sent them in. All the right reasons, done all the wrong ways. Any invasion by a democracy is a half-measure. When Kimball dies, the NCR will recoil from the Mojave, and from his legacy. By the time they recover and try to strike back, I'll be invading them."
    (Caesar's dialogue)
  6. The Courier "Tell me about the first battle."
    Alex Richards: "The Legion attacked in full force. Chief Hanlon had the troopers fall back pulling the enemy in, before entrenching into secure positions. The Legion got bogged down and Rangers and 1st Recon sharpshooters started taking out the Legion officers. They sent their best men to stop the Rangers and 1st Recon, but the Rangers pulled them into a trap at Boulder City and blew them all to hell. After that the Legion's forces were in disarray and tried to retreat. However, our forces advanced rapidly and routed them. And that was that."
    (Alex Richards' dialogue)
  7. Boulder City Memorial
  8. The Courier: "That's what made the Legion come to the Divide."
    Ulysses: "Caesar's orders. {Emph} Every supply line gets cut, every community that feeds the Bear... cut its throat, starve the Mojave."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  9. Courier: "On the High Road, you mentioned NCR and Legion fought here... before and after the Divide?"
    Ulysses: "The two-headed Bear made its claim, dug its claws into the trail you made. For once, it seemed like it might succeed - cut a route to the Mojave. Couldn't let NCR stay in the Divide. Trade route, road the military could use... can't have two roads into the Mojave. Not after the work we'd done to cut off New Canaan, other routes, killing caravans... all we'd done to make the West bleed."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  10. Courier: "[NCR] Those bodies in the silo were NCR soldiers... some special forces."
    Ulysses: "Might have been. Once. To the Divide they came... in the Divide, they rest."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Courier: "I'm guessing you don't like Caesar very much."
    Joshua Graham: "Love the sinner, hate the sin. With Caesar, it's often very difficult to see through all of that sin to the person inside. I can say that we were both lucky that NCR's supply lines and land routes north of Mojave Outpost were destroyed before the Battle of Hoover Dam. Something bad happened near Death Valley, at a place called the Divide. NCR couldn't cut across anymore and it slowed down their reinforcements. Terrible storms ripped entire companies apart before they even got to Nevada soil. The aftermath of Hoover Dam could have been even worse for Caesar."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  12. Camp Searchlight terminal entries; NCR communications terminal, Communications Entry #937
  13. Courier: "What will you do if I don't turn you in?"
    Hanlon: "Oliver can't stand that rangers got credit for victory at Hoover. Whatever I recommend, he does the opposite. I said I wanted them on the ridge. He put them right on the western part of the dam itself. We don't have enough firepower to hold that spot. If the troopers fall back, and they will, the rangers will advance to cover Oliver's retreat. We lose the dam, Oliver and the senate are ruined."
    Courier: "That's crazy."
    Hanlon: "Maybe fifty rangers will die on that dam. We lose over a thousand troopers every year. Being here is crazy. Getting out's the only sane thing to do."
    (Hanlon's dialogue)

Non-game

  1. Chris Avellone at Obsidian Entertainment forums
  2. Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p.372-376: "[3.33] Hoover Dam
    All of the Main Quest in Act III centers around this location, as do the Main Quests involving the visit of President Aaron Kimball. A stronghold of extreme strategic importance for centuries, this location has seen recent turmoil between major Faction too. A few years before current events, Caesar's Legion rolled in, led by ex-Mormon missionary Joshua Graham, Caesar's Legate. Not considering NCR's army to be a serious threat, Graham exercised somewhat lax control over the Legion. During the Battle of Hoover Dam, NCR Rangers and Sharpshooters from First Recon employed risky tactics against the Legion with the help of the enlisted Troopers, and despite horrific loss of life, Caesar's forces were pushed back, but not routed.
    The NCR has been holding the dam continuously since, and have fortified positions along the dam and up and down the west side of the Colorado River. Recently, the Legion pushed the NCR off of the east side of the river at the Battle of Willow Beach (which destroyed an NCR military camp) and the Battle of Arizona Spillway. Day to day military operations at the dam are under the command of Colonel Moore. While troopers are active here, there are also a large number of civilian contractors who are trying to keep the dam running. They are of a secondary concern to Moore, who is preparing from for an impending attack by Caesar and a visit by President Kimball."
    (Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition Tour of the Mojave Wasteland)
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