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Just before the bombs fell, US leadership re-located to a remote Oil Rig off the coast of San Francisco. The Enclave’s mission – to re-establish governmental control of America from key locations, like a secret bunker hidden somewhere deep in Appalachia…— @Fallout[1]

The Whitespring bunker, also called the Congressional bunker[2] or site CB_002,[3] is a location in the Forest region of Appalachia in 2102. It is the primary headquarters of the Enclave.

At first, the player character can only access it through the bunker entrance on the world map. Once they are a member of the Enclave, they can enter the bunker through either the resort, via a secret entrance in the southeastern waiting near the governors' hall, or by using the Whitespring service entrance. Both of these entrance routes deposit them directly inside the bunker, in the military and production wings respectively.

BackgroundEdit

The Whitespring bunker was built beneath the Whitespring Resort to ensure continuity of government by providing protection and shelter for members of Congress, the President, and their Cabinet in the case of a hostile nuclear strike. In order to ensure its habitability even without any human workers, it was designed to be a fully automated, machine-managed refuge from nuclear war, providing the perfect blend of security and comfort. The AI in charge, MODUS, was a custom-built system designed to oversee the habitat[4] and up to 200 dwellers.[5] The Enclave subverted the project early on, adapting it for their own needs. It was a trivial matter, as the bunker's construction was bankrolled through the Department of Agriculture, controlled by Thomas Eckhart, a zealous member of the Enclave. The facility was connected to Enclave hubs across the United States - Raven Rock, the Presidential Rig and others,[6] with the intention of using it as a nucleus of all Enclave operations.[7] For support, the bunker was provided with the Kovac-Muldoon, a secret satellite in geostationary orbit above Appalachia, capable of spying on every mile of its soil, delivering orbital missile strikes, and even conferring automated promotions in case the chain of command fell apart.[8]

The bunker was activated when the early warning came and the government officials - what government remained after March 2077 and the flight to reinforced locations that month - rushed to shelter. Secretary of Agriculture Eckhart, the Secretary of the Interior, and the Secretary of the Treasury, and a select few other members of the Enclave made it to safety, together with a number of high ranking officers. The rest was left to fend for themselves.[9]

All non-Enclave personnel who arrived at the Whitespring Congressional bunker were rounded up and unceremoniously executed, including members of Congress who reached the bunker when the United States' early warning systems were activated.[10] The survivors were horrified to learn that connections to Raven Rock and the oil rig were lost, leaving them isolated.[11] The demise of both the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of the Treasury left Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Eckhart in command of the Whitespring bunker.[12] It played right into Eckhart's plans. Established succession and the severance of communications gave him the opportunity to lead the fight against communism. After gathering survivors in the conference room above bunker ops, Eckhart informed them of the isolation and the death of the Secretary of the Treasury due to "radiation sickness," then announced himself as the new leader of their "little enclave," as per pre-War rules of succession.[12] Then he offered them a choice, using the Whitespring to continue the war against communism and the enemies of America, until no enemies stand against them, or opposing his plans. Those who opposed using the facility and Appalachian resources were eliminated once they revealed themselves.[12]

Although the purges entrenched Eckhart's control, he only had 48 people left to "save" democracy with. He wasted no time and focused on his driving obsession: the eradication of communism by any means necessary, with no moral or ethical constraints. It was total war and no option was off-limits, even a repeat of the nuclear nightmare. Eckart sought to gain control of the three automated nuclear silos in Appalachia, Site Alpha, Site Bravo, and Site Charlie, in order to launch a final strike against China. The bunker's extensive scientific, medical, and production facilities were essential to the project, sustaining the Enclave for the next several years.[13]

In 2082, the bunker's ranks grew tremendously with the inclusion of survivors from Colonel Ellen Santiago's unit, who arrived there after leaving the smoldering ruins of D.C. behind them.[14] With an influx of veterans, the work towards the eradication of communism advanced at a rapid pace. The experiments with mutations continued in parallel with work on accessing the nuclear arsenal, resulting in many working serums and the first scorchbeasts, accidentally created when Enclave scientists exposed irradiated bats to biochemical experiments the previous year. Eckhart ordered further study of the creatures in controlled habitats at the abandoned AMS mining complexes while keeping the officer corps in the dark.[15] In the meantime, to further secure his own authority, Eckhart had Enclave personnel hack into Appalachia's automated election systems in order to run for President of the United States; he won handily, as his Enclave soldiers cast the only votes in January of 2083.

However, as Eckhart's attempts to bypass the DEFCON system escalated, the Enclave started to split apart. The system prevented launching nuclear strikes from the region's automated nuclear silos unless DEFCON 1 was reached and in the years since the Great War, DEFCON dropped to low levels. Eckhart planned to fool the system by unleashing ever more horrifying dangers on Appalachia, up to, and including scorchbeasts. Disgusted by these machinations, Santiago threatened to quit in 2084. Now a general thanks to the automated promotion system at Camp McClintock, she held the keys to the nuclear arsenal, and Eckhart could not go ahead without her. Realizing that, the self-made president personally knocked her out and had her kept under lock and key in the bunker's brig.[16]

Without anyone to stand in his way, Eckhart proceeded with the plan and unleashed his scorchbeasts on the region. As the DEFCON system plunged to 1, the organization split apart into two factions: Eckhart's hardliners and Santiago's loyalists. Disgusted with the way Eckhart was throwing the remnants of America onto the bonfire, just for revenge, they openly rebelled in mid-2086. Led by Captain Jackson and Major Ragnarsdottir, the rebels fought the hardliners throughout the bunker. Although they successfully managed to revive General Santiago and restore her command, they failed to account for MODUS' interference or the ferocious fighting across the science wing.[17]

In order to save Appalachia, Santiago ordered all landline connections severed and MODUS destroyed. The plan backfired when the AI turned on all human members of the Enclave. After an explosion tore out a large part of MODUS' memory, the damaged AI retaliated with an explosion in the weapons lab that killed General Santiago and ruptured a toxin tank that leaked into the air circulation system. MODUS promptly sealed the bunker, dooming all within - including President Thomas Eckhart - to an ignoble death, choking to death in darkness.[18]

MODUS immediately set out to restore the facility to its former glory, although the damage caused by the fighting - and its effective lobotomization in the ill-fated destruction attempt by Santiago - made progress slow. Sanitizing and decontaminating the bunker of the biotoxin was among the biggest challenges, especially if the blinded and deafened MODUS was to have any chance of regaining a connection to the outside.[19][20]

In the years after this event, MODUS regained some stability and used the bunker's robots to repair much of the damage. By 2102, much of the bunker was restored to its earlier splendor, arranged with robotic precision. However, sections of the facility were still sealed away by cave-ins and structural failures. MODUS remained unable to contact Control Station ENCLAVE for further instructions. It patiently waited for a prospective assistant to arrive from outside to help it restore communications until 2102, when residents of Vault 76 entered the bunker, giving it an opportunity to free it of the straitjacket of rock and steel.[21]

LayoutEdit

The Whitespring bunker has two exterior entrances, including the main entrance consisting of a blast door built into a hillside a short distance from the Whitespring Resort with a parking lot that is accessed by a side road, and a secondary entrance can be found near the Whitespring service entrance. A third entry in the form of an elevator is accessible within the Whitespring Resort's main building and is concealed behind a sliding wall panel. All three entrances are protected by laser grids that prevent unauthorized individuals from passing through them; these can be deactivated with Sam Blackwell's congressional access card, which is obtained from the abandoned waste dump, or rather, the Sam Blackwell's bunker, during Bunker Buster. Beyond the laser grid at the main entrance is an additional layer of security: an unmarked cog-shaped blast door, Vault-Tec. MODUS will greet the player character and open the bunker for them, inviting them in as a potential human agent. On subsequent visits, the door must be opened manually.

Entrance and orientation

Inside, the bunker is a high quality vault, with the concrete replaced with wood paneling, a fully automated staff, and an incredible level of opulence. Before heading deeper into the bunker, following MODUS' lure, the player character can examine the storage pit underneath the catwalk that leads into the entrance area. Among Vault-Tec containers lies a destroyed assaultron, which can be repaired with Intelligence 7+, revealing the fate of Major Ragnarsdottir and other human denizens of the bunker.

Those that enter the bunker must first be photographed and then led through a decontamination apparatus to remove any traces of radiation. The road to MODUS is linear, as the elevators leading to the lower levels are not unlocked until orientation is completed. Down the righthand side lies the locker room where those with access to the bunker disrobed. Down a decontamination arch is the processing station, where MODUS will require a photo of the player character (its comment depends on the current Charisma score) and reward them with a Forest Operative underarmor from the dispenser.

Moving down, the player character will be encouraged to collect refreshments from the stations near the billiards table (the righthand corridor is buried under rubble, hinting at what transpired), and then they are permitted to meet MODUS in person, which explains who it is, what the Enclave was (or is), and encourage the player character to join.

Next is the admittance floor, where new residents must register themselves and optionally take a questionnaire about pre-War U.S. history. To the right of admittance are two elevators that lead back to the orientation floor. The questionnaire prompts a variety of responses from MODUS, none of which actually affect the player character's opportunities). To access the facility beyond this point, the player character needs to finish One of Us.

Science, Medical, and Production wings

These three wings are available after completing the uplink to Kovac-Muldoon during One of Us. The player character will be recognized as a member of the Enclave and be given free rein to explore the bunker. The lower level contains the facility's operations hall and support wings: Science, Medical, and Production.

The central area of the level is the foyer, which contains an old derelict restaurant and connects to the elevator in the lobby of the bunker. East of the foyer is the production wedding, which contains MODUS training terminals as well as every crafting station in the game. The production wing also leads to a side exit from the facility, which allows the player characters to directly come and go through the Whitespring service entrance. From the production wing, the main chamber housing the MODUS core is accessible through the robotics facility.

Just beyond the wall with the Enclave schedule is the operations section, which shows the current situation in Appalachia. Overlooking the operations room, up a short flight of stairs, is the cabinet meeting room in the executive suite for the president of the United States who was supposed to take shelter in the bunker. The executive suite is available to player characters who have completed the race for the presidency and attained the title of president.

From the lowest level of the operations room, the medical area is located to the east. This room contains crafting stations and treating terminals. Player characters have access to medical supplies, misc science supplies, and mutation serums. On the opposite side are the military wing and an exit to the resort, which leads player characters to the southeastern corner of the resort, near the governors' hall. The military wing once served the highest military officers, providing them with a commanding view of Appalachian territories and access to nuclear codes. Following the rebellion of General Santiago, much of the section was destroyed. Parts of the level have been restored, but as the heaviest fighting took place here, it was impossible to restore to full functionality.

At first, the player character will only be able to access to communication section of the military, containing workstations and a map. To gain access to the areas beyond they will need to complete basic training at Camp McClintock and attain the rank of private. This will unlock the section, which contains run-down cells, a torture chamber, and an execution room, all of which have not been restored by the AI. It's mostly of historic interest, as this is where the Enclave executed all non-members after the bunker was sealed and where General Santiago was imprisoned by President Eckhart.

Command center

To gain access to the command center, the player character will have to reach the rank of general by completing Enclave events, killing legendary creatures, and dispatching scorchbeasts. Overlooking the operations room, the command center consists of the war room, including the automated nuclear launch training for newly minted generals, decryption machinery for nuclear codes, and the adjacent armory with crafting stations, automated armory trade terminal giving access to Enclave clothes and weapons, and an archival terminal.

The main room of the command center contains machines that track decoded keywords for each nuclear silo around the Appalachia, used to unscramble Appalachian launch codes, view information relating on how to launch nuclear weapons and access surveillance terminals. The terminals grant the ability to start a radiant quest allowing player characters to track down launch code pieces for Site Alpha, Site Bravo or Site Charlie or nuclear keycards.

The bunker's armory offers a wider variety of products and specializes in high end weapons and armor. Archives relating to the previous human inhabitants of the bunker can be viewed in the archive terminals, found to the far side of the armory. They also allow the player character to download the crafting schematics for the X-01 terminal.

There is an executive suite, which is currently locked and officially inaccessible but is expected to be available to player characters that attain the rank of the president during the quest Race for the Presidency.

Notable lootEdit

Holotapes and notes
Plans
  • Prototype X-01 power armor plans: Mod schematics can be purchased from the bunker's vendors, base schematics are downloaded from a command center terminal if the rank of general has been achieved.
  • Plan: Gatling laser: The plan for the Gatling laser weapon can be purchased from any one of the three MODUS Armory Terminals.
  • Plan: Gatling plasma: The plan for the Gatling plasma weapon can be purchased from any one of the three MODUS Armory Terminals.
  • Plan: Gauss rifle: The plan for the Gauss rifle weapon can be purchased from any one of the three MODUS Armory Terminals.
Weapons and armor
Other
  • Uplink module: The item is obtained during the quest One of Us.
  • Nuka-Cola Quantum: A bottle of Nuka-Cola Quantum can be found on one of the sideboards of a large mainframe console in the communications wing.
  • Technical data: The desks in the military wing can spawn technical data and there is a high likelihood of finding at least one, due to the 20+ desks.

AppearancesEdit

The Whitespring bunker appears only in Fallout 76.

Behind the scenesEdit

The Whitespring bunker is based on the Greenbrier bunker, underneath the Greenbrier luxury resort in West Virginia.

GalleryEdit

Plans
Misc. Images
Upper levels
Main floor
Command center
Presidential Suite

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://twitter.com/fallout/status/1054044075769380864
  2. Intelligence memo - 8/16/77
  3. The Whitespring bunker terminal entries#Cabinet Nuclear Alarms logs
  4. The Whitespring bunker terminal entries
  5. Construction plans
  6. MODUS: "We were once connected to Enclave hubs across the United States from here - Raven Rock, the Presidential Rig. It is likely we will never see those places again."
  7. MODUS: "This space was to be the beating heart of the Enclave's master plan. Today, it's storage. So much for the plans of great men."
  8. See Kovac-Muldoon for details.
  9. The Whitespring bunker terminal entries: "Cabinet Nuclear Alarm Logs ... accessing ... --- ACCESSING ARCHIVAL ENTRY. //////////////////////////////////////////////// LAUNCH DETECTED! ISSUING CABINET WARNING! :: Pres :: msg received. Proceeding to PR_002. V Pres :: msg sent. No confirmation received. Speaker :: ERROR. Contact removed from list. Sec Treas :: ext. conn. made. En route to CB_002. Sec Def :: ERROR. Contact removed from list. Att Gen :: ERROR. Contact removed from list. Sec Int :: msg received. En route to CB_002. Sec Ag :: msg received. En route to CB_002. Sec Com :: Contact removed from list. ERROR. WARNING LOG TRUNCATED. :: //////////////////////////////////////////////// --- END ENTRY."
  10. Whitespring surveillance recording 1.1.2
  11. Whitespring surveillance recording 1.1.5
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Whitespring surveillance recording 1.1.7
  13. Whitespring Congressional Bunker terminals: "Meeting Transcript - Entry 1.3.2 TRANSCRIPT - 1.3.2 Accessing.... ______________________________ ECKHART Good morning, members. You all appear to be recovering well from the inoculations. These will be the first of many, I presume, so please, don't push yourselves. ECKHART There are fewer of us than I was hoping for, but that only means that every one of you is all the more precious to our success, from the most decorated virologists to the most dogged technicians. And all of you will be required if we are to reach our goal - the complete eradication of Communism and those that practice it. ECKHART Now, business. Some of you have worked with me before this nightmare began, but let me reiterate for those that haven't: nothing is off-limits. All lines of inquiry are open and available to our research here. ECKHART You will be tasked, but should you find a promising strain of "X" or an effective technique for "Y," you are to bring it to me directly. And if it helps us reach our goal, we will pursue it. Progress is the only measure of success. We cannot be slowed by the timidity of the past. ECKHART Now I've given the initial research plans to the various laboratory leads. You should all meet, discuss, mingle. MODUS will bring refreshments. MODUS Yes, Mr. Secretary. ECKHART You're all going to be spending a lot of time together. Good to get the introductions out of the way now. _____________________________"
  14. Whitespring surveillance recording 5.2.4
  15. Whitespring surveillance recording 5.4.8
  16. Whitespring surveillance recording 6.9.7
  17. MODUS: "The fighting amongst our earlier members was ... ferocious in this area. Even restoring it to its current state was no small task."
  18. The following exchange is obtained after fixing the Assaultron at the bunker entrance: Assaultron: Initiating ... final ... playback ... Assaultron: Engag--- Ragnarsdottir: That's the last of them. Entrance is clear, general. MODUS. Have the rest of these things stand down. The general's placed Eckhart under arrest. It's over. MODUS: General ... Santiago is dead, Major. Ragnarsdottir: What? What the hell was that? MODUS: There's been a ... detonation in the weapons lab. It appears the agent has ... broken containment and is filtering into the air system. Ragnarsdottir: MODUS, what are you doing?! Open the god-damned door! MODUS: This facility is now ... quarantined. Ragnarsdottir MODUS! Open the fucking door! You're going to kill us all! MODUS: To the contrary, Major. We're fixing ... the problem.
  19. MODUS: "Have you ever tried getting weapon's grade biotoxins out of carpet? Hmm. I suppose you probably haven't."
  20. MODUS: "The damage done to this facility by its earlier residents was ... extensive. We are still trying to put things back together."
  21. One of Us
Enclave Symbol (FO3)
Enclave Symbol (FO3)
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