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The Sino-American War[Non-game 1] was a war involving the People's Republic of China and the United States as the two superpowers clashed in a struggle to control the last remaining resources on Earth. The two key participants and their client states and annexed nations engaged in total war against each other, as both civilian and military resources were harnessed to achieve victory over the other side, in a struggle that was as much about resources as it was about ideology.

The war was marked by atrocities on both sides, both against foreign and domestic populations, steady escalation of hostilities up to and including the use of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, and gradual transition of both states into totalitarian dictatorships no different from each other.

Resource shortages made this a war of position, rather than the maneuver. Trench warfare was common, particularly in Alaska, and until new models of power armor were introduced into the fray by United States forces, stalemates were extremely common.[1][Non-game 2]

The Sino-American War, culminating in the Great War, was the most destructive war in human history, resulting in unprecedented casualties among soldiers and civilians alike, due to the deployment of nuclear weapons on a global scale. The Sino-American War can be therefore understood as the war that ended the Old World.


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The United States felt the bite of resource shortages, though its reliance on nuclear power for energy lessened the impact, allowing the American Dream to continue.

The immediate cause of the war was resource shortages. In 2060, available fuel reserves ran out worldwide. Traffic on the streets died as fuel became too valuable to waste on automobiles.[Non-game 3] The automotive industry desperately tried to come up with a solution to the problem, but electric and early fusion cars were too little, too late to help solve the growing needs of society.[Non-game 3] The fuel problem was further emphasized by the collapse of the European Commonwealth and the Middle Eastern oil powers, as the oil fields were allegedly exhausted.[Non-game 4]

The situation across the United States worsened, both as a result of the deteriorating economy, and as a result of the New Plague continuing to wreak havoc despite increased quarantine measures.[Non-game 5] The federal government attempted to use the increasing national paranoia to control the situation by discouraging assemblies, fueling the anti-communist sentiment, and encouraging the reporting of subversive elements.[2] The Vigilant Citizen's Hotline was even established to allow hysterical citizens to report neighbors to the government for any behavior that could be construed as in support of communism.[3] The next red scare unfolded as a response to the increased hostility of the People's Republic of China and its operations on American soil.[4] Research efforts were undertaken that could have alleviated the resource crisis entirely. The military, seeking to increase the mobility of its mechanized cavalry units, initiated a research program seeking to develop power armor in 2065.[Non-game 6] Research, development, and prototyping paved the way for future advances in military, construction, and most importantly, fusion technology.[Non-game 7] Research in other areas continued as well, including more powerful nuclear weapons.[Non-game 8]

However, these efforts would lead to Chinese conflict with the United States. As the economy of the communist state was dependent to a much greater degree on fossil fuels than that of the U.S., China found itself on the brink of collapse by the spring of 2066, with oil fields finally drying up globally.[Non-game 9] With the United States unwilling to export its own reserves of crude oil, China had become more aggressive in its negotiations.[Non-game 9] Adding further insult to the world crises, the first crude fusion cell developed for the power armor project was revealed to the American public in the summer of 2066.[5][Non-game 10][Non-game 11]

In desperation, China launched an invasion of Alaska at the tail end of 2066 to seize its oil reserves. This daring military operation marked the beginning of the Sino-American War.[6][7][Non-game 12]

Pre-War events[]

Invasion of Mexico (2051)[]

Though predating the Sino-American War by more than two decades, the invasion of Mexico in 2051 can be considered the first of the Resource Wars: To protect U.S. economic interests in Mexico, primarily the crude oil supply,[Non-game 13] the U.S. deliberately destabilized the country using economic sanctions, paving the way for a military invasion. Once they ran their course, the U.S. invaded Mexico, citing its political instability and pollution as a threat. American military units seized oil refineries and infrastructure to ensure that the flow of petroleum to the American market did not cease - all at Mexico's expense.[Non-game 13]

The reasons for the invasion became clear the following year: A landmark television documentary revealed the depth of the energy crisis to the population at large, revealing withered husks of Texan oil fields, no longer capable of supplying the nation's ever-growing energy demand.[Non-game 14]

War in the Middle East (2052)[]

The energy crisis was not limited to the United States. Skyrocketing oil prices triggered a global crisis in 2052, outright bankrupting smaller nations, and prompting the European Commonwealth to invade the Middle East. Reliant on oil imports from the region, the Commonwealth refused to pay the exorbitant prices and instead resorted to military action. This further destabilized the global situation, deeply affecting the economies of the United States and particularly China, whose economy was reliant on fossil fuels.[Non-game 15] The dissolution of the United Nations in July signaled the beginning of the Resource Wars.[8][9]

New Plague (2053)[]

Main article: New Plague

Another blow was struck in 2053, when the New Plague virus emerged. The virulent nature of the plague and the speed at which it had spread led to the first-ever national quarantine and the closing of American borders, as tens of thousands died.[Non-game 16] In 2055, the government commissioned West Tek to develop a cure for the virus. Though no cure was known to have ever been found, the research into a cure paved the way for subsequent biochemical research efforts.[10]

Project Safehouse (2054)[]

Main article: Vault

The global security situation, in particular the nuclear exchanges in the Middle East, the Euro-Middle Eastern War and the New Plague led the U.S. federal government to establish Project Safehouse in 2054. Bankrolled by junk bonds, the program envisioned creating a network of fallout shelters that would protect some of the United States' population in the event of a nuclear war or other world-ending scenario.[Non-game 17]

The Vault-Tec Corporation won the contract, and this massive national defense project was set in motion. Breakthroughs in construction technology allowed for these shelters, called Vaults, to be constructed at a rapid pace, although Vault-Tec's status as a critical defense contractor, and the classified nature of its enterprises, lead to many instances of fraud and mismanagement.[Non-game 17][Non-game 18]

Anchorage Front Line (2059)[]

By the end of the decade, in 2059, the United States started to prepare for war. The Anchorage front line had been established in Alaska, to protect its oil reserves from foreign invaders. Canada became the target of a pressure campaign, as the U.S. demanded that American military units should be able to protect the strategic Alaskan pipeline on Canadian soil.[Non-game 19]

Niagara Sabotage (2062)[]

Main article: Niagara Sabotage

Chinese intelligence efforts and attempts to penetrate the civilian and military sectors in the United States played a part in beginning the war. Wan Yang, a major Chinese intelligence asset, was apprehended following the Niagara Sabotage.[4]

Course of the war[]

Invasion (2066-2067)[]

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Chinese airborne troops landed in Alaska as part of the invasion.

Under the command of General Jingwei, Chinese forces landed in Alaska as part of a massive invasion supported by a massive airborne assault. Carried out in winter, the landing allowed the Chinese to usurp control of Alaska's oil pipeline, derricks, and reserves, and secure the flow of resources to the homeland, propping up its economy.[6][Non-game 20] The American military retreats on all fronts as the Chinese gamble pays off. Unable to sustain the war effort without establishing safe supply routes on land, away from the Chinese Navy, the United States pressures Canada into granting military access on land and its airspace. When Ottawa yields, despite initial resistance, the stage is set for the subsequent occupation and annexation of Canada ten years later.[Non-game 21][Non-game 1]

With the pressure for a functional suit of power armor greater than ever, the United States military and its contractors created the first, stopgap model of power armor. Designated T-45, it was a crude construction. However, its ability to wield heavy weapons with ease greatly increased the firepower and mobility of American troops, allowing them to counter Chinese tanks and infantry. After the first suits are deployed in January 2067, China rushes to create its own versions but is unable to come up with a counter. The crude nature of the armor only allows for stabilizing the front. The situation devolves into a stalemate rapidly.[Non-game 22] General Constantine Chase and his command of the newly formed power armor units became instrumental in stabilizing the front and even retaking land from the Chinese army.[Non-game 1]

The Chinese nuclear threat was thought contained at the time, as an ideal nuclear first strike scenario (according to DIA intelligence at the time) would only succeed in destroying 41% of the American nuclear stockpile.[11]

Stabilization and escalation (2068-2073)[]

The war effort in Alaska continued to consume ever-increasing amounts of resources. With the Chinese occupying and exploiting the resources and infrastructure of Alaska, the United States drew on Canadian resources to support its war effort. Entire stretches of timberland were destroyed as the military consumes Canadian wealth to battle the Chinese across the western front. By 2069, the pressure became unbearable, but Canadian protests went unheard. The entire country slowly became Little America in the minds of U.S. citizens.[Non-game 23] The tensions culminated in a sabotage attempt on the newly-reclaimed Trans-Alaskan Pipeline by Canadian forces.[Non-game 24] Faced with open hostility and rioting in several Canadian cities, the United States responds by beginning the annexation of Canada on June 3,[12] 2072.[6][Non-game 24] The United States Army also commissioned the development of Liberty Prime, intended to be as a superweapon meant to establish the dominance of the United States on the Alaskan front. However, despite significant resources poured into the project, it failed to produce usable results, only drawing assets away from the war.[13][14]

Drawn into a war of attrition in a remote theater of war, China authorized the use of biological weapons on the front.[15] In response, the American government ordered West Tek to develop a Pan-Immunity Virion on September 15, 2073. This research eventually evolved into the Forced Evolution Virus project.[15][Non-game 25] Since West Tek was effectively nationalized two years prior, the scientists had no other choice but to obey their military masters.[10]

Stalemate (2074-2076)[]

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A missile launcher escorted through an American town.

One of the turning points of the war came in 2074, as, despite claims of fighting a defensive war, American infantry and mechanized divisions launched a mainland counter-invasion of China itself. The American economy strained as American soldiers, Marines, sailors, and airmen fought a war on three fronts: Canada, Alaska, and mainland China. Neither side was willing to yield, despite eight years of constant warfare. The situation rapidly deteriorated into a stalemate, just like in Alaska.[Non-game 26] Conflicts also took place in Shantou,[16] the Gobi Desert and Nanjing, while other troops were present in Mambajao.[17][18][19] In 2075, the DIA reported the possibility that Chinese were able to develop stealth submarines, explaining reports of the Ghost Fleet submitted by field agents.[20]

By 2076, the war had raged for a decade, stuck in a stalemate. For both soldiers and citizens alike, the long war caused intense psychological effects, several soldiers returning home with post-traumatic stress disorder.[21][22] Chinese forces still held their own in Alaska, with the reclamation of Anchorage no closer to completion,[Non-game 1] while expeditionary forces in the Chinese mainland struggled to make headway. Shanghai would remain in Chinese hands well into 2077,[23] with fighting raging for months after the months-long battle for Nanjing.[24] Other campaigns would go deep into the Chinese interior, such as the Gobi Campaign, and Yangtze Campaign.

The annexation of Canada in January bolstered the sagging economy. As American units occupied locations throughout its provinces, martial law was enacted and all protesters were shot on sight.[6][Non-game 27] However, both superpowers struggled to maintain the war effort. The US further ramped-up production, and ordered experimental project turnaround cut in half.[25] The completion of the T-51 power armor model in June started to shift the tide of the war. After the first batch of T-51 model B units arrived in China, the new series performed exceedingly well against the remaining Chinese tanks, armored vehicles, and infantry. The Chinese rallied and resisted the invasion, even as supply lines began to break down across the board, with nations annexed by China beginning to break down and revolt.[Non-game 28][Non-game 1]

However, the United States was unable to fully exploit this advantage, as food and energy riots broke out in urban centers across the United States in August. A state of emergency and eventually martial law was declared, with U.S. military forces being deployed on the domestic[Non-game 29] China would continue to invest in espionage and sabotage operations within the United States, in areas such as DC, Point Lookout, and West Virginia. This in turn fueled American paranoia of communist infiltration, and anti-Chinese sentiment with Chinese-Americans becoming a persecuted minority, many of whom were rounded into concentration camps.

Mutually assured destruction (2077)[]

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An Army serviceman in T-60 power armor waits as his armor is repaired and weapons resupplied.

Through a combination of attrition, loss of supply routes, and offensives conducted by the United States across the front, Chinese units in Alaska found themselves surrounded and cut off from reinforcements. The liberation of Anchorage spearheaded by winterized T-51 power armor units under the command of General Constantine Chase marked the end of the Anchorage Reclamation, after a decade of war.[26][27][Non-game 30][Non-game 1] General Jingwei, commander of the Alaskan theater, was killed in action.[28]

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An Army patrol moves through Alaska.

The campaign in mainland China was reinvigorated by the victory in Alaska and the deployment of T-51 units. Army troops clad in T-51 regularly witnessed Chinese troops surrendering upon sighting them and their miniguns.[29] However, the effect did not last. As American troops pushed deeper into the mainland, Chinese resistance increased. By October, the situation transitioned from a rout into a stalemate.[30] After a decade of war, there was no end in sight. Billions of dollars and thousands of lives were spent in vain. Although taxes and various wartime revenues ensured the United States government has been able to fund a standing army the likes of which the United States has never before seen,[31] even after ten years of war China had millions of citizens and soldiers to draw on,[32] and remained one of the best fighting forces on Earth.[33] Meanwhile, the United States turned to automation, shuttering bases and converting them to automated strongpoints and redeploying personnel to the front line[34] and to fight the Canadian resistance that continued to defy American occupiers.[Non-game 1]

The situation was made worse by the fact that the President and key Enclave officials in the United States retreated to remote locations, expecting a last-ditch nuclear strike from China at any moment. The oil rig was claimed by the president and key members of this inner circle, becoming the foundation of the future Enclave.[Non-game 31] Though contingency efforts were made, the United States was effectively leaderless: Even a rebelling Army unit at a top secret location did not cause a government response, as late as October.[35][Non-game 32]

One of the last conflicts of the war being actively reported on was fighting in Mambajao, one of the Philippine islands. The American forces had managed to push out Chinese troops from the island, though it's unknown where the Philippine government stood in the conflict. Both sides started to realize that the war was essentially unwinnable and started negotiations to find an alternative solution to the conflict. However, with the absence of the President, the negotiations proceeded at a snail's pace and the war continued unabated.[36]

Great War[]

Main article: Great War

The talks collapsed on the morning of October 23, 2077, at Anchorage, liberated at the beginning of the year.[37] The war would be resolved with nuclear weapons. Pressed against the wall, the Chinese launched a nuclear strike. First Chinese subs were identified by the Pacific Fleet at 00:03 EST off the coast of California. At 03:37 EST, a squadron of high-altitude bombers was sighted off the Bering Strait. Six hours later, at 09:13 EST, the Integrated Operational Nuclear Detection System detected the first four missile launches and the United States went to DEFCON 2. Four minutes later, NORAD confirmation sealed the fate of the world. At 09:26 EST, the President ordered a retaliatory strike according to scenario MX-CN91. As American weapons were launched, the first Chinese nukes hit in Pennsylvania and New York at 09:42 EST. By 09:47 EST, the Great War pulled most of the American facilities offline.[38]



  1. Depiction of the Battle of Anchorage in the Anchorage Reclamation simulation
  2. Disaster relief outpost terminal entries; Terminal, Know the Signs!
  3. Neighborly letter
  4. 4.0 4.1 Turtledove Detention Camp terminal entries; Terminal, Intelligence Report, Yang, Wan (alias)
  5. Pioneer Scout Badge Exam answers; Atomics Fan
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Fallout intro
  7. Rivet City terminal entries; Welcome to the Capital Preservation Society, U.S. Declaration of War on China
  8. Capitol Post terminal entries; Capital Post Top Stories -- July 27, 2052, United Nations Disbanded!
  9. Capitol Post newspaper Saturday, July 27, 2052
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Vault Dweller: "{207}{}{Base Information}"
    Terminal: "{211}{}{West Tech Research Facility: Founded in 2002 as a private contractor for the United States government, the company initially consisted of two divisions--the Advanced Weapons Research and the Biomedical Sciences divisions.}"
    "{241}{}{ In 2069, West Tech was the single largest contractor for the United States government; its largest contract being Powered Infantry Armor Model T-51b. }"
    "{242}{}{In light of significant advances in 2076 by the NBC on the Pan-Immunity Virion Project, the United States Defense Department, in fear of international espionage,}"
    "{243}{}{ moved a team onto the site to secure and oversee the project, now dubbed the FEV (Forced Evolutionary Virus) project.}"
  11. The Switchboard terminal entries; Research Terminal, > 2067 Jun 19
  12. Capitol Post terminal entries; Capital Post Top Stories -- June 3, 2072, U.S. to Annex Canada!
  13. Citadel terminal entries; Liberty Prime Operation, Project Summary
  14. Citadel terminal entries; Liberty Prime Operation, Capital Post Article -- June 3, 2072
  15. 15.0 15.1 FEV research holodisk in Fallout
  16. Boston Bugle building terminal entries; Boston Bugle article terminal, Article 2: China Showdown - the Atomic Ultimatum
  17. Cover of Future Weapons Today mentions Nanjing
    File:Future Weapons Today.jpg
  18. Desert Ranger helmet back.png
  19. Newscaster: "It would also appear our troops stationed overseas are experiencing some unusual weather, as well. On the Island of Mambajao the nights are cold. Unseasonably so for Southeast Asia. But for the 5th Infantry, that's as comfortable as an Autumn jamboree. All the easier for our mechanized hellcats to drive any screaming Commie meamies right into the Bohol Sea."
    (Newscaster's dialogue)
  20. The Switchboard terminal entries; Research Terminal, > 2075 Dec 17
  21. Curie: "There were studies showing the long war had an intense psychological effect on all America. They gave examples very similar to this."
    (Curie's dialogue)
  22. Charleston terminal entries; Davis, P
  23. American soldier: "Man, Anchorage ain't nothin'. You know what all this is? Practice. Next stop, Shanghai. Just you wait."
    (Operation: Anchorage conversations)
  24. Desert Ranger helmet writing
  25. Fort Strong terminal entries; General Brock's Terminal, General Brock's Report - February 2076
  26. Capitol Post terminal entries; Capital Post Top Stories -- January 11, 2077, Commies Crushed - Alaska Liberated!
  27. Capitol Post newspaper Monday, January 11, 2077.
  28. Operation: Anchorage
  29. Fort Strong terminal entries; General Brock's Terminal, General Brock's Report - June 2076
  30. Newscaster: "And now, our exclusive coverage of the continuing volatile situation with Communist China. Chinese forces may have finally been driven from Anchorage, but the conflict has transitioned into a frighteningly tense stalemate. With diplomacy all but suspended, and conventional warfare taking a historic toll on both sides, many have wondered if the good old U-S-of-A hasn't finally entered into a fight it just can't win."
    (Newscaster's dialogue)
  31. Boston Bugle building terminal entries; Boston Bugle Article Terminal, Article 2
  32. American soldier: "Well, now, remember... We got a lot of damn Chinese to kill. Millions of 'em. You're gonna have to step up your game. Do some real soldierin'."
    (Operation: Anchorage conversations)
  33. Lieutenant Morgan: "You watch yourself out there... the Chinese Army is one of the best fighting forces on Earth."
    (Thomas Morgan's dialogue)
  34. Sierra mission statement
  35. Captain Maxson's diary
  36. Radio: "...negotiations were scheduled to continue today as the White House had no comment about the President's whereabouts."
    (The End)
  37. News announcer: "...between America and her adversaries crumbled this morning in Anchorage, Alaska. The specter of nuclear war facing this nation for ten long years is final..."
    (The End)
  38. The Switchboard terminal entries; Central Terminal, DEFCON Status - 2077


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.43: "Chinese Army (Simulated), U.S. Army (Simulated)
    With conditions deteriorating between the United States and China, a military presence in Alaska was established to prevent a possible invasion across the Bering Strait. With increasingly scarce oil reserves, a last deep-sea deposit below the Pacific Ocean was claimed by China before allegedly being sabotaged by American special operatives. Strained relationships spiraled downwards into escalated conflict, as China marched on Alaska, and the Sino-American War of 2066—2077 erupted. Under the command of General Jingwei, the Chinese Army usurped control of Alaska's oil pipeline and reserves. In response, the Americans had begun what came to be called "The Alaskan Reclamation Operation" (2067—2077).
    Under the leadership of General Constantine Chase, the U.S. Army battled fiercely to the front lines of the conflict before General Chase deployed specialized power armor units that began pushing the Chinese back. Future power armor suits were further refined as the conflict dragged on, and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline was reclaimed. With resources flowing through Canada, strained diplomatic tensions between Canada and the United States becoming problematic, and as the Canadian forces attacked the pipeline, the country was annexed.
    A combination of inclement weather, constant American bombardment and trench warfare, and U.S. powered armor unit attacks sweeping through mainline China, the Chinese supply lines weakened and finally broke down completely. By the beginning of 2077, the city of Anchorage was finally liberated, the Chinese invaders eradicated, and the operation had been deemed a success. A commemorative memorial was erected in Washington, D.C., in honor of the soldiers who fought and perished for the greater American good. Violence between America and pockets of Canadian freedom fighters continued throughout 2077, until the Great War obliterated almost all infrastructure, commerce, and human life."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide faction profiles)
  2. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p. 43:
    "A combination of inclement weather, constant American bombardment and trench warfare, and U.S. powered armor unit attacks sweeping through mainline China, the Chinese supply lines weakened and finally broke down completely. By the beginning of 2077, the city of Anchorage was finally liberated, the Chinese invaders eradicated, and the operation had been deemed a success."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide faction profiles)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fallout Bible 0: "2060 Traffic on the streets of the world stops moving. Fuel becomes too precious to waste on automobiles, so alternatives are explored - electric and fusion cars begin to be manufactured, but factories can only make limited amounts. Pressure on fusion research increases."
  4. Fallout Bible 0: "2060 The Euro-Middle Eastern War ends as the oil fields in the Middle East run dry... there is no longer a goal in the conflict, and both sides are reduced almost to ruin."
  5. Fallout Bible 0: "2062 Despite quarantine measures, the New Plague continues to spread, fueling national paranoia."
  6. Fallout Bible 0: "2065 August Increasing need for mobility in the United States mechanized cavalry leads the military to focus the efforts on creating a man-based tank - essentially, a two-legged walking armored unit: Power Armor."
  7. Fallout Bible 0: "2065-2067 Power Armor research grows and several prototypes are developed, many of which prove to be unworkable in the field. These prototypes pave the way for future advances in military, construction, and fusion technology."
  8. Newspaper from the Fallout 3 E3 trailer
  9. 9.0 9.1 Fallout Bible 0: "2066 Spring As the oil resources dry up across the globe, China's fossil fuel dependency causes an energy crisis in the nation. China, bordering on collapse, becomes more aggressive in its trade talks with the United States. Unwilling to export oil to China, talks between the United States and China break down."
  10. Fallout Bible 0: "2066 Summer Adding further insult to the Chinese-American relations, the first crude fusion cell is unveiled, one of the results of the Power Armor project. Devices designed for the fusion cell begin to be manufactured. Incorporating fusion power into the general US infrastructure begins, but the process is too slow to supply power to the regions that need it. Nearly thirteen years later, few sections of the United States were supplied with fusion power."
  11. Fallout Bible 5: "2066Summer Adding further insult to the Chinese-American relations, the first crude fusion cell is unveiled, one of the results of the Power Armor project. Devices designed for the fusion cell begin to be manufactured. Incorporating fusion power into the general US infrastructure begins, but the process is too slow to supply power to the regions that need it. Nearly eleven years later, few sections of the United States were supplied with fusion power."
  12. Fallout Bible 0: "2066 Winter In the winter of 2066, China invades Alaska. The Anchorage Front Line becomes a true battleground."
  13. 13.0 13.1 Fallout Bible 0: "2051 Seeking to protect business interests and their oil supply, the United States begins to exert increasing pressure on Mexico, citing the political instability and pollution stemming from Mexico as a threat to the United States. Various economic sanctions serve to destabilize Mexico, and the United States military enters Mexico to keep the oil refineries running and making sure oil and fuel continue to make their way north across the border... at Mexico's expense."
  14. Fallout Bible 0: "2052 A television documentary into the withered husk of the Texas oil fields brings the oil shortage into the American households, and reveals how deep the energy crisis runs."
  15. Fallout Bible 0: "2052 April The Resource Wars begin. Many smaller nations go bankrupt, and Europe, dependent on oil imports from the Middle East, responds to the Middle East's rising oil prices with military action. The long-drawn-out war between the European Commonwealth and the Middle East begins."
  16. Fallout Bible 0:
    "2053The socially transmitted "New Plague" arises, killing tens of thousands. The United States closes its borders and the first-ever national quarantine is declared. The source of the plague is unknown, but rumors persist that it is a genetically engineered weapon."}}
    "2062 Despite quarantine measures, the New Plague continues to spread, fueling national paranoia."}}
    "2073Sept15As China becomes increasingly aggressive with their use of biological weapons, the United States government felt that a countermeasure was needed. The Pan-Immunity Virion Project (PVP) is officially formed and plans are made to begin experiments at the West Tek research facility in Southern California."}}
    "2077 FebruaryFEV Research is leaked to the world through an unknown source. Protests in many major cities and governments around the world, as well as accusations that the US was responsible for the New Plague. FEV is seen as the threat it is, and serves only to fuel tensions."
  17. 17.0 17.1 Fallout Bible 0: "2054 In light of the Euro-Middle-Eastern conflict and the plague scare, the United States sets Project Safehouse in motion. The project, financed by junk bonds, is designed to create shelters, called Vaults, for the populace in the event of a nuclear war or deadly plague. Construction begins late in 2054 and proceeds rapidly due to advances in construction technology."
  18. Vault Dweller's Survival Guide inner cover: "NOTICE.––This document contains information affecting the national defense of the United States within the meaning of the New Amended Espionage Act, 50 U.S.C., 31 and 32. Its transmission or the revelation of its contents in any manner to an unauthorized person is prohibited by the law."
  19. Fallout Bible 0: "2059 The Anchorage Front Line is established, as the United States increases its military presence in Alaska to protect its oil interests. The Anchorage Front Line causes tensions in the United States and Canada, as the United States attempts to pressure Canada into allowing American military units to guard the Alaskan pipeline."
  20. Fallout Bible 0: "2066 Winter In the winter of 2066, China invades Alaska. The Anchorage Front Line becomes a true battleground."
  21. Fallout Bible 0: "2066 Winter As a sign of increasing tension between the two countries, Canada proves reluctant to allow American troops on Canadian soil or allow American planes to fly over Canadian airspace. The United States and Canadian tensions rise, but Canada eventually backs down, and US troops pass through Canada. This sets the stage for the Canadian annexation in 2076."
  22. Fallout Bible 0: "2067 The first suit of Power Armor is deployed in Alaska. While lacking the full mobility of future versions, this Power Armor is incredibly effective against Chinese tanks and infantry. Its ability to carry heavy ordinanceIn-game spelling, punctuation and/or grammar becomes key in various localized conflicts, and it has the power to destroy entire towns without endangering the wearer. China rushes to create its own versions, but they are many years behind the United States."
  23. Fallout Bible 0: "2069 Canada begins to feel the pressure from the United States military as the US draws upon Canadian resources for the war effort. Vast stretches of timberland are destroyed, and other resources in Canada are stretched to the breaking point. Many Americans refer to Canada as Little America, and Canadian protests are unheard."
  24. 24.0 24.1 Fallout Bible 0: "2072 The United States' increasing demand for Canadian resources causes protests and riots in several Canadian cities. An attempted sabotage attempt of the Alaskan pipeline is all the military needs as an excuse to begin its annexation of Canada... which in fact, had already begun in 2067."
  25. Fallout Bible 0: "2073 Sept 15 As China becomes increasingly aggressive with their use of biological weapons, the United States government felt that a countermeasure was needed. The Pan-Immunity Virion Project (PVP) is officially formed and plans are made to begin experiments at the West Tek research facility in Southern California."
  26. Fallout Bible 0: "2074 Contrary to their claims of seeking only to retake Alaska from the Reds, American Power Armor units, infantry, and mechanized divisions are deployed to China, but they become bogged down on the mainland, putting a further drain on American resources and supply lines."
  27. Fallout Bible 0: "2076 January The United States annexation of Canada is complete. Canadian protestors and rioters are shot on sight, and the Alaskan Pipeline swarms with American military units. Pictures of atrocities make their way to the United States, causing further unrest and protests."
  28. Fallout Bible 0: "2076 JunePower Armor prototype completed, resulting in the Power Armor players find in Fallout 1. This is the pinnacle of Power Armor technology before the Great War. Many of these units are sent to China, and they begin to carve a swath through the Chinese forces. The Chinese resources are strained to the breaking point, and the supply lines from the nations China has annexed begin to break down."
  29. Fallout Bible 0: "2076 August Food and energy riots begin in major cities throughout the United States. Military units begin to be deployed in cities within the United States to contain rioters, and many temporary jails are constructed. A state of emergency is declared, and martial law soon follows."
  30. Fallout Bible 0: "2077 January 10 Alaska is reclaimed, and the Anchorage Front Line is again held by the Americans."
  31. Fallout Bible 0: "2077 March Prepared for a nuclear or biological attack from China, the president and the Enclave retreats to remote sections around the globe and make contingency plans for continuing the war."
  32. Fallout Bible 0: "2077 October Captain Roger Maxson and his men discover that the scientists at Mariposa have been using "military volunteers" (military prisoners who didn't have their brains scooped for use in Brain Bots) as test subjects in their experiments. Morale in the base breaks down, and Maxson executes Anderson, the chief scientist. Not long after this (and in light of the breakdown of the mental breakdown of Colonel Spindel stationed at the base), Maxson's men turn to him for leadership. He shrugs and says 'we should quit.'"