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The United Kingdom, officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, but more commonly known as the UK or Britain was a group of countries in Europe before the Great War.


The United Kingdom was formed in 1801 with the Act of Union between the Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland; Great Britain itself being formed in 1707 with a similar act of Union between the Kingdom of Scotland and the Kingdom of England (incorporating Wales).[1]

From 1775 to 1783, the United Kingdom fought the newly formed United States, made up of thirteen of its North American colonies. The colonies won the war, leading to their independence from the British Empire. The United Kingdom also fought on the side of the Allied Powers during World War II, as one of the four leading countries of the alliance.

The UK also controlled many overseas territories, and at its peak led the largest empire in human history. Due to the divergence, the status of the empire, the Commonwealth of Nations, and the overseas territories is a mystery. As of 1945, such areas included Canada, parts of China, and what became Israel.

The relationship between the United Kingdom and the Irish state are unknown, since Ireland did not officially declare itself a republic or leave the Commonwealth of Nations until 1949. It is likely however, that these events still transpired, considering that the Irish republican flag 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. The capital city of Wales is also unknown; while it is Cardiff in our world, Cardiff 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.[2]

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, hinting at some of the possible conditions in post-War Britain. The ancestors of Colin Moriarty also left Ireland for the Capital Wasteland shortly after the Great War for unknown reasons.

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

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The UK in FalloutEdit

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


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  • In Fallout Tactics, Sharon's family is claimed to stretch back to the English county of Essex. In addition, one of Martin's ancestors once ran a software company in England that ended up going out of business.
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While there are several of characters of Irish descent in the Fallout series, no information is given as to whether they originate from Northern Ireland or the Republic.


  • In Fallout, Patrick the Celt is part of an Americanized Celtic family, who strives to keep his heritage alive. Where he comes from is unknown.
  • The American Revolutionary War and several key British figures during the timeframe are heavily referenced to in Fallout 3 and Fallout 4.
  • In the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Honest Hearts, the icon for the Sneering Imperialist perk features Vault Boy dressed in a British soldier's uniform during the times of the Empire.
  • 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 retained its real 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.
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Known locationsEdit



The United Kingdom or nations within it are mentioned or referenced in Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3 and its add-on Point Lookout, Fallout: New Vegas and its add-ons Dead Money, Honest Hearts, and Old World Blues, Fallout 4, Fallout 76 and its add-on Wild Appalachia, Fallout Tactics, and Van Buren. The United Kingdom was also to appear in the hypothetical Fallout: Resource Wars.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • "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 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[11]
  • James, the Lone Wanderer's father, speaks with an Irish accent because he is played by the Irish actor Liam Neeson.


  1. Tomkins and Turpin, British Government and the Constitution, 4th edition, Chapter 1
  2. Mister Handy dialogue
  3. Fallout dialogue files LOXLEY.MSG line 223
  4. Fallout 3 loading screens
  5. The Courier's brain's dialogue: "A British tar is a soaring soul, as free as a mountain bird..."
  6. Name found in Creation Kit
  7. Fisherman in Far Harbor:The family legend has it we hail from Yorkshire. Not entirely sure where that is. Capital Wasteland, maybe?
  8. "“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.
  9. H&H Tools Factory terminal entries - E-Mail from Jenny DeSoto
  10. H&H Tools Factory terminal entries - E-mail from Jenny DeSoto 2
  11. Fallout 3 Afterthoughts
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