Founded in 1865, shortly after the American Civil War, as part of the federal Department of the Treasury to combat the widespread counterfeiting of the U.S. Dollar, the Secret Service later became the de facto federal police force alongside the United States Marshals Service until the creation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Shortly before the Great War, the United States government quietly removed the gold bullion from Fort Knox to a new installation in Appalachia, Vault 79. By removing the gold from the well-known Fort Knox, the intent was to assist the re-establishment of government by ensuring that the federal reserve would be hidden from Chinese nuclear strikes and survive for use by members of the federal government. The Secret Service was placed in charge of protecting the vault and its gold reserves, alongside members of the United States Armed Forces, with Derek Garrison acting as the agent in charge.
This Secret Service has no direct relation to the Enclave, but the Enclave continued the purpose of a Secret Service with their own version.
Behind the scenes
- The Secret Service is based on the real world United States Secret Service.
- Unlike the real world, the Secret Service is still overseen by the Department of the Treasury. In the real world, the Secret Service has been under the United States Department of Homeland Security since 2003 after the passing of the Homeland Security Act in 2002 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that damaged the Pentagon and destroyed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Their duties still include defending the Federal Reserve and protecting the President, Vice President, their families, and other high-ranking members of the federal government.
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- Vault Dweller: "Who are you guys?"
Derek Garrison: "We're what's left of the Secret Service. As part of the Treasury Department, we look after the nation's currency, as well as protecting it's leaders. When it looked like everything was going sideways, the government ordered all the gold reserves moved to Vault 79. We were put here to protect it. From people like you to be honest."
(Derek Garrison's dialogue)[verification needed]
- United States Secret Service on wikipedia