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The United States of America also known as the United States, U.S., or America, was a pre-War country.. The location serves as the setting for the Fallout game series, depicted both before and after the Great War.


Revolutionary War

The nation was founded by thirteen colonies of Great Britain located along the Atlantic coast of North America.[1][2] Disagreements between colonists and King George the Third's policies on issues such as taxation led to the armed occupation of the colonies.[3][4][5] The colonists pushed back, culminating in events such as the Boston Tea Party and Boston Massacre, where in 1770, five colonists died inciting rage against the British occupation.[4][6][7]

In 1775, British soldiers marched on the cities of Lexington and Concord to disarm the colonists and arrest members of their leadership.[5][8][9] Departing from Boston Common, the two forces opened fire near the Old North Bridge.[10][11] This started the Battles of Lexington and Concord and the subsequent Revolutionary War.[12][13]

The colonists defeated British forces, resulting in the first successful colonial war of independence.[2][14] The leadership of the newly independent nation proclaimed their regional entities as states.[2] A group of 56 delegates from these states joined together as the Second Continental Congress, authoring the Declaration of Independence, issuing it on July 4, 1776.[3][15] A federal convention adopted a legislative document known as the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787 and its ratification the following year made the states part of a single republic.[2]

Civil War

With the election of President Abraham Lincoln in 1860, 11 states seceded from the Union to form the Confederate States of America, or Confederacy, in open rebellion against Lincoln's election, with Jefferson Davis as the first Confederate President. Despite the Confederacy making several victories against the Union in the first two years of the war under General Robert E. Lee, a blockade of Confederate ports by the Union Navy and a huge victory at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 by Federal troops sealed the fate of the Confederacy, and in 1865, the Confederate capital of Richmond fell to General Ulysses S. Grant following the Siege of Petersburg to the south of the city. General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Grant and the Army of the Potomac at Appomattox Court House, and with Lee's surrender, the Confederacy was dissolved and the rebel states readmitted to the United States.

Space exploration

Intense research into space technologies and funding of the United States Space Agency, resulted in the pioneering flight of Defiance 7 on May 5, 1961, when Captain Carl Bell became the first known human in space. However, the claim was widely disputed by the Soviet Union and China.[16] By the end of the decade, the United States had achieved victory in the space race, as the Virgo II lunar lander touched down on the surface of Earth's Moon on July 16, 1969. Valiant 11 mission members, Captain Richard Wade, Captain Mark Garris, and Captain Michael Hagen, became the first humans known to have walked on the surface of another celestial body.[17][18] The space exploration program ended when the last known manned mission to the Moon occurred, and remaining crewed rockets, such as the Delta IX, were converted into military use.[19]

Resource Wars

The United States was involved in the Resource Wars, a series of conflicts beginning in 2052, brought on by an unsustainable global economy that heavily relied on finite resources such as petroleum and uranium.[20][21] Disagreement on the world's last remaining resources caused the dissolution of the United Nations in July 2052.[22][23] Wartime censorship enabled the government to confiscate and destroy any material deemed seditious.[24][25] Defense contractors and industrial complexes were put under military command.[26][27]

Under Executive Order 99066, Chinese and Chinese-American citizens and residents were interned and placed in concentration camps without trial, sometimes by private security contractors hired by the military to conduct what were essentially abductions.[28] The Turtledove Detention Camp in Maryland was one such camp.[29] Many ended up disappearing in the various research facilities across the United States.[30][31]

Organized labor and unions pushed back against the government and corporations, struggling for wages, benefits, and safe working conditions.[32][33][34] In Appalachia, Hornwright Industrial, Atomic Mining Services, and RobCo Industries, supported by Governor Evans, pushed for replacing human labor with robotics and leaving workers unemployed. The unrest culminated in automation riots.

Great War

As the Sino-American War continued to rage between 2066 and 2076, despite the People's Liberation Army having had the advantage initially with capturing Alaska's oil fields and Anchorage, the introduction of Power Armor to the United States military soon turned the tables on the Chinese. Faced with T-45, T-51, and T-60 power armored soldiers, the PLA began to lose ground, and the United States took advantage to split the PLA's forces with landing American troops on Chinese home soil, forcing the Communist Party of China to have to divert troops to defend the Motherland instead of protecting their captured U.S. territory. By 2076, the tricentennial birthday of the United States declaring independence from Great Britain, the United States had successfully evicted the Chinese from Alaska, liberating Anchorage, and reclaiming their oil fields, with the Stars and Stripes once more flying in every Commonwealth in the Union. With the oil fields back in their possession, the United States transferred more men to the frontlines in China to prevent the Chinese from rebuilding their forces and trying again to lay claim to the Alaskan oil fields. However, as the United States stormed across the Chinese mainland towards Beijing, the Chinese government and PLA had one last card to play, so if they were going down, they would take the capitalist dogs with them as well.

On the morning of October 23, 2077, NORAD radar detected Chinese bombers in the air, submarines approaching the Eastern and Western Seaboards, and the launch of at least four Intercontinental ballistic missiles from mainland China. The U.S. President, left with no choice, activated Protocol MX-CN91 with the nuclear football, ordering the launch of the United States' entire nuclear arsenal in retaliation. At 9:42 AM Eastern Standard Time, the first Chinese nukes struck New York and Pennslyvania, giving over a few minutes of warning to those cities not hit to sound the Civil Defense sirens and get people into Vault-Tec's Vaults before it was too late. At 9:47 AM Eastern Standard Time, the end of modern civilization occurred as a two-hour nuclear exchange took place between the Chinese and American nuclear arsenals. When it finally ended, the world was forever and permanently changed as the radioactive fallout transformed the United States into a radiation-infested Wasteland. Anyone who survived out in the open when the nukes hit would have either been turned into ghouls by the radiation they absorbed, died, or been in an area not severely affected by the fallout, forcing them to have to adapt to their new surroundings and attempt to rebuild in a world that would never be the same ever again. The Vaults were sealed to protect their residents who got to them in time, and those not assigned as Control Vaults to have their residents repopulate the Wasteland when the all-clear was given got to work with their experiments on their Vault Dwellers. The earliest any Control Vault would have opened to allow its residents to begin rebuilding the United States would be Vault 76 in 2102, 25 years to the day the country was wracked with nuclear annihilation.

Civics and geography

Both state and commonwealths were used to distinguish regions within the United States.[35] In Appalachia, documents used the distinction "Territory of Appalachia" and "Appalachian Territory."[36][37] The country utilized several varieties of national flag. The country shared borders with Mexico to the south, Canada to the north, and Russia across the Bering Strait from Alaska.


The United States government consisted of several agencies. The Defense Intelligence Agency was one of the most technologically advanced.[38]

Political structure

The structure of the United States government included the Executive Branch.[42] Governmental positions were determined by vote, such as senators who could run for re-election to the United States Senate.[42] A governmental advisory board was known as the Joint Chiefs.[43] Legislation invoked by the Census Bureau include a section of the "Patriotic Patriots of America True Patriotism Act."[44][45]

Former presidents



All games in the Fallout series are set within the United States.


  1. National Archives terminal entries; Question Two
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Museum kiosk: "The nation was founded by thirteen colonies of Great Britain located along the Atlantic seaboard. Proclaiming themselves "states," they issued the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The rebellious states defeated Britain in the American Revolutionary War, the first successful colonial war of independence. A federal convention adopted the current United States Constitution on September 17, 1787; its ratification the following year made the states part of a single republic. The Bill of Rights, comprising ten constitutional amendments, was ratified in 1791."
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lone Wanderer: "Why would you do all that over a scrap of paper?"
    Button Gwinnett (robot): "This is no mere scrap of paper, sir|madam. This is the doctrine laid down by my fellow members of the Second Continental Congress. It absolves us of the tyranny of King George the Third of Great Britain. It is perhaps the greatest symbol of this free nation."
    (Button Gwinnett (robot)'s dialogue)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Boston landmark inscriptions: "Faneuil Hall: Donated to the city of Boston in 1742 by French merchant Peter Faneuil, Faneuil Hall was a commercial hub in colonial Massachusetts. It played a notable role in the American Revolution. Protests against the British Sugar and Stamp Acts that began here led to the doctrine of "no taxation without representation." Later meetings were held here which culminated in the Boston Tea Party. Many of the Founding Fathers met here or gave speeches here (notably Samuel Adams) leading to the building's nickname, "The Cradle of Liberty.""
  5. 5.0 5.1 Voice via Tour Bot: "Let us go back hundreds of years. It is the year 1775. For seven years, thousands of British soldiers have camped on this very soil in their orderly rows of tents. Led by General Thomas Gage, they seek to quell the growing tide of Revolution."
    (Tour Bot dialogue)
  6. Boston landmark inscriptions: "Old State House: Built in 1713, the Old State House is the oldest public building in Boston. During the years before the Revolutionary War, this building was a hotbed for the ideas and ideals that would result in revolution. It was here that John Adams said, "the child Independence was born." In 1770, right outside its doors, the Boston Massacre took place where five American colonists died inciting rage against the British occupation. The Old State House was the seat of Massachusetts government until the New State House was constructed in 1798.""
  7. Boston landmark inscriptions: "Granary Burying Grounds: The Granary Burying Grounds were established in 1660 - making it the oldest surviving burial ground in Boston. Many famous Revolutionary War heroes were buried here including: John Hancock, Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and the victims of the Boston Massacre. In 2031, after the tragic death of Emilia Butler, the city council voted unanimously to have her remains interred here.""
  8. Voice via Tour Bot: "The officers are assembled, General Gage."
    Gage's voice via Tour Bot: "Take care that the soldiers do not plunder the inhabitants, or hurt private property. But we can and must defang them."
    (Tour Bot dialogue)
  9. Boston landmark inscriptions: "Paul Revere House: Built in 1680, this wooden building is the oldest structure in all of Boston. In 1770 this home was bought by famed patriot Paul Revere. Paul Revere dwelled here with his family (including his 16 children) until 1800. Paul Revere was living here when he made his famous midnight ride to Lexington and Concord to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that Redcoats were en route to arrest them and seize the militia weaponry.""
  10. Boston landmark inscriptions: "Old North Church: Built in 1723, the Old North Church is the oldest standing church in Boston. Its 191 foot tall steeple also makes it the tallest church in Boston. On the night of April 18th 1775, Lieutenant Colonel Smith marched with 700 British soldiers to Concord on a mission to disarm the rebels. Using a plan devised by Paul Revere, Robert Newman climbed to the top of this church and lit two lanterns to alert patriots that the Redcoats were coming up the Charles River. Thus inspiring Longfellow's famous verse, "One if by land, two if by sea." The battles of Lexington and Concord that followed would start the American Revolution.""
  11. Preston Garvey: "Well I'll be damned. It's the monument to the original Minutemen. I knew that was somewhere around Concord. That means this right here must be the Old North Bridge. Where the first shots of the American Revolution were fired. I'd call that the best omen I've seen since we left Quincy."
    Sturges: "I don't know what you're talking about, boss, but I'm glad you're happy about it."
    (Preston Garvey and Sturges' dialogue)
  12. Boston landmark inscriptions: "Boston Common: Established in 1634, Boston Common started as a communal grazing ground for cattle until it was made a public park (the oldest in the country). In the year before the Revolutionary War, a thousand Redcoats camped on the Common. The Redcoat brigades that marched on Lexington and Concord departed this very ground.""
  13. Voice via Tour Bot: "So near midnight, Colonel Smith marched with 700 Redcoats to face brave American patriots in the Battle of Lexington and Concord. And thus the Revolutionary War began. Continue on the trail to walk through more of our great city's history."
    (Tour Bot dialogue)
  14. Fallout 4 loading screens: "The Concord Museum of Freedom was a popular tourist destination before the war, and featured historical exhibits ranging from the American Revolution, all the way up to the Battle of Anchorage."
  15. National Archives terminal entries; Question Four and Six
  16. Museum of Technology placard: "This is the actual skeleton of Captain Carl Bell who died on May 5, 1961, after his Space Capsule crash-landed. Captain Bell is credited as being the first human in space onboard the Space Capsule Defiance 7, but this has been constantly refuted by both the Soviet Union and China. Defiance 7's flight lasted for a total of 12 minutes and 7 seconds as it achieved one full revolution around the Earth. Donated by Edwina Bell."
  17. Museum of Technology placard: "On July 16, 1969, the Virgo II Lunar Lander 'Valiant 11' became the very first manned space vehicle to touch down on the moon. The Valiant 11's crew consisted of Captain Richard Wade, Captain Mark Garris and Captain Michael Hagen of the USSA. We salute these brave and noble men who took the very first steps on a planetary body other than our own."
  18. Museum of Technology Placard: "This unusual flag was recovered from the surface of the moon by the very last manned flight to its surface in 2052. The flag is from the old 'Valiant 12' Virgo III Lunar Lander that touched down November 14, 1969. Its remarkable condition can be attributed due to its construction; the flag is actually made of special materials to withstand the harsh environment of space."
  19. Museum of Technology terminal entries; Delta IX Rocket, Delta IX Rocket Information
  20. Fallout intro: "In the 21st century, war was still waged over the resources that could be acquired. Only this time, the spoils of war were also its weapons: Petroleum and Uranium. For these resources, China would invade Alaska, the US would annex Canada, and the European Commonwealth would dissolve into quarreling, bickering nation-states, bent on controlling the last remaining resources on Earth."
  21. Museum of History exhibit
  22. Capitol Post terminal entries; Capital Post Top Stories -- July 27, 2052, United Nations Disbanded! in Fallout 3
  23. Capitol Post newspaper Saturday, July 27, 2052
  24. South Boston military checkpoint terminal entries; South Boston Checkpoint Terminal, Subject: Dearing and Kennedy
  25. Fallout 4 loading screens: '"America in the year 2077 was a land of advanced technological achievements... and terrible civil strife. As in any age, most ordinary people wanted only one thing - a happy, peaceful life. What they got was complete nuclear annihilation."
  26. The Vault Dweller: "{112}{}{Tell me about this installation.}"
    ZAX 1.2: "{117}{}{This installation was established in 2055 as a biological research facility for experimental cures of the New Plague. However, in 2071, this facility was placed under the United States military command.}"
  27. Converted munitions factory terminal entries; supervisor's terminal, Supervisor's Notes 02-12-76
  28. Internment orders
  29. Interrogation rooms within Turtledove Detention Camp
  30. Little Yangtze terminal entries; Little Yangtze log terminal, Log Entry 01
  31. Third Street Municipal building terminal entries; Office of the Treasurer terminal, Inter-Office Email
  32. Robot repair center terminal entries; Desk Terminal, Note from Frank
  33. Vault-Tec headquarters terminal entries; Vault-Tec Employee Terminal, Message 0101C Bathroom Breaks
  34. Vault-Tec headquarters; Vault-Tec Employee Terminal, Message 0099D Vending Machines
  35. Boston landmark inscriptions; New State House
  36. Senate orientation letter
  37. Valid ballot
  38. Sole Survivor: "Nice. That sounds pretty high tech."
    P.A.M.: "Correct. The cache belonged to the Defense Intelligence Agency. The DIA's technological capabilities were more advanced than many branches of the government. You only have to secure the cache. Runners will transport contents on a separate timetable. Terminating human/machine interface."
    (P.A.M.'s dialogue)
  39. Intelligence memo - 8/16/77
  40. 40.0 40.1 Fallout 3 message box transcriptions; Delta IX rocket: "The Delta IX Rocket was donated by the United States Space Administration and by a grant from the United States Department of Antiquities."
  41. War game orders
  42. 42.0 42.1 The Sam Blackwell interview
  43. The Whitespring bunker terminal entries; Prototype Power Armor Schematics
  44. Census Taker: "By authority granted under Section 5A Subsection 7.2 of the Patriotic Patriots of America True Patriotism Act, you are drafted to assist the Census."
    (Census taker's dialogue)
  45. Census taker: "You may send complaints with this use of force to the Census Bureau's department of Citizen Complaint and Oversight."
    (Census taker's dialogue)