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The United Kingdom, officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or simply Britain, was a country located in Europe before the Great War.

Background

On October 14, 1066, the Battle of Hastings was fought in England as part of the Norman conquest, led by William the Conqueror.[1] In 1215, the Magna Carta was signed by King John of England and English barons, greatly limiting his authority as king and placing more power into the hands of the feudal government. On March 25, 1634 Lord Baltimore of the Irish House of Lords dispatched the first colonists to Maryland. They would land near the area that would later become Point Lookout aboard two ships, the Ark and the Dove.[2]

On April 19, 1775, the Battles of Lexington and Concord occured, starting the American Revolutionary War, fought between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the newly formed United States, made up of thirteen of its North American colonies. On July 4, 1776, the United States Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress, expressing general discontent toward British rule and announcing the United States' intent to independently govern itself. The war would continue until 1783 with the Treaty of Paris, the Patriots winning their independence.

The United Kingdom was formed in 1801 with the Act of Union between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland; the Kingdom of Great Britain itself being formed in 1707 with a similar act of Union between the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland (Wales at the time being considered part of England). The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the latest incarnation of a British state, was formed after the Irish War of Independence, resulting in a part of Ireland referred to as Northern Ireland remaining with the United Kingdom, and the other becoming an independent Irish country.[3]

The United Kingdom also fought on the side of the Allies during World War II, as one of the four leading countries of the alliance.

The United Kingdom controlled many overseas territories, and at its peak led the largest empire in human history. Due to the divergence, the status of the British Empire and the Commonwealth of Nations is unknown. As of 1945, such areas included Canada, parts of the Europe and would become the nation of Israel.

The relationship between the United Kingdom and Ireland in the Fallout universe is unclear, since Ireland did not officially declare itself a republic or leave the Commonwealth of Nations until 1949. It is likely that these events still transpired, considering that the national flag of Ireland is found multiple times in the Commonwealth. This flag, while created in 1830, did not enter common usage until Ireland became a republic in 1949 and the flag was adopted as the national flag of Ireland. The capital city of Wales is also unknown, as Cardiff serves as the capital in the real world, the city did not become the Welsh capital until 1955.

Dialogue suggests that the country was ruled by a queen before the outbreak of the Great War.[4]

No details are known about the state of the British Isles after the Great War. However, in the 23rd century, Allistair Tenpenny left the country for the Capital Wasteland in the United States to seek wealth and fortune, possibly hinting at some of the possible conditions in the post-War United Kingdom.

Mini-JSPnP LogoThe following is based on J.E. Sawyer's Fallout RPG and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

The United Kingdom was a member of the European Commonwealth until its dissolution in 2060. The United Kingdom quarreled with other former members of the Commonwealth over the last remaining quantities of oil on Earth, sparking a bloody conflict known as the European Civil War.

Mini-JSPnP LogoEnd of information based on J.E. Sawyer's Fallout RPG.

The United Kingdom in Fallout

There are several references to the United Kingdom in published Fallout games:

England

Fallout

  • Loxley speaks with an English accent and knows of English folktales such as Robin Hood, but he learned this from holotapes and is not English himself.[5]
  • Patrick the Celt claims to be a decedent of the Celtic people, a prehistoric group who lived in parts of Europe, with a large presence on the British Isles.

Fallout 3

Point Lookout

  • Desmond Lockheart was a high-ranking agent working for the British government.
  • Captain John Smith was an English explorer who was the first European to discover Point Lookout in 1612. In addition, two English settler ships, the Ark and Dove, landed near Point Lookout in 1634, and began the process of the founding of Maryland.[2]

Fallout: New Vegas

Dead Money

Dean Domino speaks using a southeastern British accent.

Old World Blues

Fallout 4

  • Whitechapel Charlie, who has a cockney accent, is named after the London district which was notorious for crime in the 19th century, particularly the infamous Jack the Ripper murders.
  • Both Proctor Quinlan and Colter speak with English accents.

Far Harbor

A fisherman in Far Harbor, Kye,[7] claims his family hails from Yorkshire, a group of four counties in northern England. He also speaks with an accent.[8]

Nuka-World

A plaque at Wixon's shovel museum mentions British soldiers (albeit in a fictionalized manner) during the American Revolutionary War.[9]

Fallout 76

A holotape recorded by a coffin salesman from the English town of Ipswich can be found in the workout room of the Green Country Lodge.

Wild Appalachia

  • The Rosetta Stone, which has been kept in the British Museum in London since 1802, is mentioned in the Pioneer Scouts archaeology exam.
  • Queen Victoria, Geoffrey Chaucer, and Isaac Newton, three English historical figures, are also mentioned.

Fallout Tactics

  • Gametitle-FOT Sharon's family is claimed to stretch back to the English county of Essex.
  • Gametitle-FOT One of Martin's ancestors once ran a software company in England that ended up going out of business.

Scotland

Wales

In Fallout 4, the Brotherhood of Steel sail aboard The Prydwen, an armored airship that arrives in the Commonwealth from the Capital Wasteland. Prydwen is the name of King Arthur's ship used to sail to Ireland in Preiddeu Annwfn, a famous Welch poem.

Ireland

Main article: Ireland

There are several characters of Irish descent from the island of Ireland in the Fallout series. It is never explicitly stated whether Ireland is part of the United Kingdom in the games' timeline, or even if Northern Ireland exists, but in the Commonwealth, there is an abundance of Irish republican flags, which did not become popularly used until 1922 after Ireland broke away from the United Kingdom, indicating it was a separate nation. However, it is possible that Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom in the real world, may be the place of origin for characters with vaguer ties (such as last names and generic Irish accents).

Other

  • The American Revolutionary War, and several key British figures who were active during that timeframe such as King George III, and Thomas Gage, are referenced in Fallout 3 and Fallout 4.
  • In Fallout 4, a Mr. Handy called Whitechapel Charlie, has a small Union Flag on his chassis. This suggests that, unlike the United States, the United Kingdom had such a flag prior to the Great War.
  • In the Fallout 76 add-on Wild Appalachia, the United Kingdom is listed as the correct answer to the question, "Which country was the first to build a major railway system?" in an exam at the Pioneer Scout camp.
  • Gametitle-FOT Some examples of British military equipment exist in the Fallout universe. Weapons such as the Sten gun and the light support weapon were developed by Royal Small Arms Factory.
  • Gametitle-FOT The light support weapon (LSW) being featured in the Fallout universe may give some information about the United Kingdom, as the weapon was developed and issued in the mid-1980s and is past the point of Divergence.
  • Gametitle-VB A British Boudicca-78/S motorcycle was to be the first vehicle found for use in Van Buren.

Known locations

England

Appearances

The United Kingdom or nations within it are mentioned or referenced in Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, Van Buren, Fallout 3 and its add-on Point Lookout. It is also mentioned in Fallout: New Vegas and its add-ons Dead Money, Honest Hearts, and Old World Blues as well as Fallout 4, Fallout 76 and its add-on Wild Appalachia. It would have been mentioned in the Fallout Pen and Paper d20 intro, before the game was changed to Exodus.

Behind the scenes

  • "Allistair Tenpenny came to the Capital Wasteland from Great Britain to seek his fortune, so that alone tells you that the U.K. was also hit in the war. And if he came to [the] U.S. to succeed, that says a lot about how screwed up Europe must be. So we just allude, a little bit, to the state of the rest of the world. We like to leave a lot to the players' imaginations, and somebody like Tenpenny serves as a catalyst for those thoughts." – Emil Pagliarulo[12]
  • Joshua Sawyer has expressed a desire to make a game called Fallout: Resource Wars, which would be set in the Fallout universe, involving members of the British Armed Forces.

References

  1. Edwin Brotch: "No, Mister DeLoria, that is not correct. The Battle of Hastings was 1066. 2077 was the end of the world. Tell me. Are you really that stupid?"
    (Edwin Brotch's dialogue)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Point Lookout loading screens: "The Ark & Dove Cathedral is named for two English settler ships which landed near Point Lookout in 1634, leading to Maryland's founding."
  3. Turpin, C., & Tomkins, A. (2007). The British constitutional order. In British Government and the Constitution: pp. 3-32
  4. Mister Handy: "For Queen and country!"
    (Mister Handy's dialogue)
  5. Loxley: "{223}{}{Just like Robin Hood.}"
    (LOXLEY.MSG)
  6. Courier's brain: "A British tar is a soaring soul, as free as a mountain bird..."
    (Courier's brain's dialogue
  7. Name found in Creation Kit
  8. Fisherman: "The family legend has it we hail from Yorkshire. Not entirely sure where that is. Capital Wasteland, maybe?"
    (Fisherman's dialogue)
  9. Wixon's shovel museum plaque: "British Shovel Fighters were some of the most feared and deadly warriors of the Revolutionary War. They were known for their pristine ditches and the uncanny ability to deflect rifle shot."
  10. H&H Tools Factory terminal entries; E-Mail from Jenny DeSoto
  11. H&H Tools Factory terminal entries; E-Mail from Jenny DeSoto
  12. Fallout 3 Afterthoughts
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