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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.[2] 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.[3]

On April 19, 1775, the Battles of Lexington and Concord occurred, 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, explaining to the British why they were at war with them and announcing the United States' intent to independently govern itself. The war would continue until 1783 with the Treaty of Paris, which confirmed American 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 state known as the Republic of Ireland.[4]

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. As of 1945, such areas included Canada, India, much of Africa, and what would become the nation of Israel. Dialogue suggests that the country was ruled by a queen before the outbreak of the Great War.[5]

Mentions

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 actually English himself.[6]
  • 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 2

In the Sacred head of the Vault Dweller special encounter, it will mention Stonehenge, an ancient ring of standing stones in England.

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 ships, the Ark and Dove, landed near Point Lookout in 1634, and began the process of the founding of the state of Maryland.[3]
Fallout: New Vegas
Old World Blues
Fallout 4
  • Whitechapel Charlie, who has a cockney accent, is named after the London district which was notorious for being a den of debauchery in the 19th century, and in particular for the infamous Jack the Ripper murders. He also has a small Union Flag on his chassis.
  • Both Proctor Quinlan and Colter speak with English accents.
Far Harbor
  • A fisherman in Far Harbor, Kye,[8] claims his family hails from Yorkshire, a group of four counties in northern England. He also speaks with a Yorkshireman accent.[9]
Nuka-World
Fallout 76
Wild Appalachia
  • The Rosetta Stone, which has been on display in the British Museum in London since 1802, is mentioned in the Pioneer Scouts archaeology exam.
  • 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.
  • Queen Victoria, Geoffrey Chaucer, and Isaac Newton, three English historical figures, are also mentioned.
Wastelanders
  • When impersonating a slaver to get into the Watoga Civic Center, Johnny Weston pretends to be one Reginald P. Humphries, an Englishman who was unable to get home after the Great War. He also mentions his origins may be from the country.[11]
Fallout Tactics
  • Fallout Tactics Sharon's family is claimed to stretch back to the English county of Essex.
  • Fallout Tactics One of Martin's ancestors once ran a software company in England that ended up going out of business.
Fallout Shelter
  • Fallout Shelter The cat breed British Shorthair and dog breed English Mastiff are available as pets.

Scotland

Wales

Ireland

Main article: Ireland

In the Commonwealth, there is an abundance of Irish national flags and symbolism.

Notes

Known locations

Appearances

The United Kingdom or nations within it are mentioned or referenced in Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, 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 updates Wild Appalachia and Wastelanders.

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[14]

References

  1. Whitechapel Charlie
  2. 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)
  3. 3.0 3.1 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."
  4. Turpin, C., & Tomkins, A. (2007). The British constitutional order. In British Government and the Constitution: pp. 3-32
  5. Mister Handy: "For Queen and country!"
    (Mister Handy's dialogue)
  6. Loxley: "{223}{}{Just like Robin Hood.}"
    (LOXLEY.MSG)
  7. Courier's brain: "A British tar is a soaring soul, as free as a mountain bird..."
    (Courier's brain's dialogue
  8. Name found in Creation Kit
  9. Fisherman: "The family legend has it we hail from Yorkshire. Not entirely sure where that is. Capital Wasteland, maybe?"
    (Fisherman's dialogue)
  10. 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."
  11. Johnny Weston: "When the bombs dropped, I was living in New York. Or maybe, Boston. Or coulda been Detroit, or LA. Maybe even England."
    (Johnny Weston's dialogue)[verification needed]
  12. H&H Tools Factory terminal entries; E-Mail from Jenny DeSoto
  13. H&H Tools Factory terminal entries; E-Mail from Jenny DeSoto
  14. Fallout 3 Afterthoughts
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