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Revolutionizing safety for an uncertain future.— Vault-Tec Corporation slogan

Vault-Tec Corporation (also referred to as Vault-Tec Industries) was a pre-War defense corporation which won the federal government contracts to design and implement a network of bunkers known as Vaults.[1][Non-canon 1][2][3] These bunkers were designed to protect the population of the United States in case of nuclear holocaust.[4][5][6][Non-canon 2]

Background

See also: Vault

America's preeminent nuclear defense corporation existed as early as 2031, when it acquired and re-branded Morgantown's local college as Vault-Tec University, with some of their top executives and scientists either teaching or graduating from there.[7] This investment in cadre would pay off in the early 2050s: When the Euro-Middle Eastern War, the New Plague, and the collapse of the United Nations resulted in a nationwide scare, the government set Project Safehouse[8] in motion in 2054.[Non-canon 3]

This massive national defense endeavor was intended to create shelters that would protect the population in the event of a nuclear war. Vault-Tec was prepared for such an eventuality. Following the success of its demonstration Vault, built near their headquarters in Los Angeles, the company won the bid for the construction of the shelters.[Non-canon 4]

The impoverished government financed the project with junk bonds and even then, only commissioned 122 of these shelters nationwide, allowing less than 0.1% of the population to save their life in the event of the holocaust.[Non-canon 5] Vault 13's budget was $400 billion dollars, and by the end of its construction the total costs reached $645 billion, well over 150% of the initial figure.[Non-canon 6] The staggering cost was further increased by the circumstances: As crucial elements of national defense, much of the project was classified and protected under the New Amended Espionage Act,[Non-canon 7] and the corporation received broad privileges in enforcing security, up to and including authorization for its private security to use lethal force if Vaults are activated.[9] Lack of oversight led to consistent mismanagement,[10][11][12] corruption,[13][14] and embezzlement[15] defining Project Safehouse before the War, even before taking the atrocious Vault experiments into account. Yet for all these problems, Vault-Tec was able to create a number of cutting edge technologies and develop shelters that legitimately protected the inhabitants.[Non-canon 8]

Some of these miracles manifested as breakthroughs in construction technology, allowing for these gargantuan bunkers to be constructed at a rapid pace.[Non-canon 9] Most were completed by 2063, although the construction of several Vaults was delayed, particularly Vault 13 (which only started construction in August 2063) and the network surrounding Washington, D.C.[Non-canon 10] Some Vault construction was delayed due to work stoppage.[16] Despite these problems, Vault-Tec began advertising Vaults in newly annexed Canada, though these were in the early stages of completion.[17]

Regardless of nuclear war, Vault-Tec had its own plans for Vaults. The company decided to use them as test environments to create technologies that could be used to redefine society. For this purpose, an entire Vault was set aside to act as proving grounds intended to test a variety of prototype devices with the aim of rolling them out through the rest of the Vaults.[18] Once Vault 88 was fully operational, the company expected to roll out new devices every fiscal quarter. Unlike other Vaults, Vault-Tec would send test subjects before any disaster scenario, starting in early 2078.[18] Human lives were considered irrelevant, with quick iteration time given a priority. The prototypes were meant to convert "useless" exercise into a socially-useful activity, manipulate the moods of the dwellers or even develop crude forms of mind control.[19] Ethical concerns were dismissed as counter-productive and close-minded.[20]

Nuclear war

Ongoing drills in completed Vaults slowly created a cry wolf effect: Turnouts for the drills fell as the years went on, limiting the Vaults' future role in ensuring the survival of humanity.[Non-canon 10] However, even if they didn't, the shadow government decided against Vaults being shelters for preserving humanity.[Non-canon 11] After establishing control over Project Safehouse, they subverted it to their own ends. Rather than act to save humanity, Vaults were built to test their population as part of the Societal Preservation Program.[21] Only 17 of the Vaults were designed to work properly as control Vaults.[22] The 105 other Vaults featured a variety of scenarios, ranging from annoying to downright lethal, to gauge how humans acted in these scenarios for their own, nefarious purposes.[Non-canon 12] Some were not provided with enough food synthesizer for their population, others had only men in them, or were designed to open prematurely. The purpose of this experiment was to gather data for the Enclave's own projects, the exact purpose of which is unclear.[23]

When October 23, 2077, came and the Great War took place, the Vault-Tec air raid sirens blared, but the cry wolf effect resulted in just a fraction of people going into the Vaults. They were sealed and the experiments entered their decisive phase.[Non-canon 13] The control Vaults functioned as intended and protected their populations. Others, however, were not so lucky. Within the next few decades, many Vaults would fail as a result of their experiments. The few that did survive would often prosper. In 2091, after receiving the all-clear signal, Vault 8 opened and Vault City was founded.[Non-canon 14] A year later, the demonstration Vault in the ruins of LA opened. The inhabitants founded Adytum in what became known as the Boneyard.[Non-canon 15][Non-canon 16]

Corporate model

The primary focus of Vault-Tec was the development of a line of nuclear war defense installations and the technology necessary for their construction. Although their most recognizable product remains the venerable Vault, the company has also developed cheaper alternatives, like the Series 1000 shelter,[3] and contracted its technologies out to other entities requiring a reliable, proven pipeline for constructing subterranean bunkers.[24] Vault-Tec's technology is generally reliable and of very high quality, and a testament to the corporation's capabilities at its best. Its proprietary inventions, designed to improve the quality of life of a Vault dweller, include SimuSun Lighting, Floorsuck Autocleaner Systems, Culinator 3000 Kitchen Systems, Entertainotron Rooms and Eye-On-You surveillance cameras.[25]

Apart from heavy construction and technologies necessary for sustaining a population underground, Vault-Tec has also developed nuclear reactors (eg. Vault Star),[26] medical devices such as the organ extractor,[27] motion sensors based on Wattz Electronics' designs,[28] and even the SimTek 5000 virtual reality simulation suite for accustoming Vault dwellers with the outside[Non-canon 17] and the Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System for facing any threats.[Non-canon 2]

Future-Tec was a division of the company tasked with developing cutting edge technologies to allow Vault dwellers to brave the horrors of a post-nuclear world. Their crown achievement was the G.E.C.K.[Non-canon 18]

Products

A large exposition at the Museum of Technology in the capital was designed to promote their shelters and explain their functionality,[25] while promotional tours and awarding of prizes like the Pressed Vault Suit Award were also used to promote a positive image of the company.[29] An attraction at Nuka-World also highlighted an idealistic public image of what Vaults could do for mankind off-world. A massive merchandise line developed to promote Vaults and the company was also a part of their efforts and included baseball caps, lunchboxes, T-shirts, leather bomber jackets, golf tees, drink cozys, Vault-Tec bobbleheads (and the matching Bobblehead collector's stand), as well as Limited Edition snow globes showcasing landmarks around the nation.[30]

Employee relations

However, the reality for Vault-Tec employees was completely different. Employees received the Vault-Tec employee handbook, a monumental publication which outlined everything about the company and its procedures, down to bathroom breaks. The regulations were nothing less than draconian and oppressive: Vault-Tec's human resources and administration division considered 2.25 minutes (135 seconds) to be the reasonable length of a bathroom break. Exploitative and abusive labor practices seemed to be the norm.[31][32] As a strategic defense contractor for the government, Vault-Tec's affairs and all related publications (including, for example, the Vault Dweller's Survival Guide) were protected by the New Amended Espionage Act and any whistle blowing attempts would likely hurt the whistle blower more than the corporation.[Non-canon 7]

Drills

Vault-Tec was authorized to carry out drills for citizens selected for inclusion in the Vaults and operated its own alert system. Beta alert drills were carried out at regular intervals (sometimes as many as five a week) to test admission protocols and prepare the future Vault dwellers for an orderly admission into the Vault, in case of an Alpha Alert. Members of the experimentation staff were expected to participate in the drills each time.[33] Compliance and secrecy were accomplished simply by providing the scientists (frequently graduates or even students) with a hefty paycheck,[34] added by the implied threat of force should they decide to blow the whistle.[35]

Products

Promotional

Divisions

Locations

Notes

  • Vault-Tec's phone number was 1-888-4-82858832 (1-888-4-VAULTTEC).[52]
  • The company is sometimes referred to as Vault-Tek,[53][54][55] Vault-Tech,[56] VaulTek,[57] and Vaultex,[citation needed] though it has consistently been spelled as Vault-Tec since Fallout 3.

Appearances

Vault-Tec Vaults and technology appear in all of the Fallout games.

Behind the scenes

  • The Vault experiment was an idea created by Tim Cain during the initial stages of Fallout 2 development.[Non-canon 4][Non-canon 12]
  • The player character was intended to discover Vault-Tec's complicity in the grand social experiment by unearthing files hidden in the computers at Vault 8 and Vault 13, describing the purposes of the respective Vaults and their history.[Non-canon 5][Non-canon 29]
  • In Van Buren, the developers intended to showcase that even the Enclave didn't count on the Vaults to save anyone, and tried to make their own contingency plan by seizing Bloomfield Space Center and refit the Hermes-13 to take its elites off-planet.[Non-canon 30]
  • The Vault-Tec building seen in the Fallout 2 intro is a still from the 1990 classic noir film, Dick Tracy, resized and slightly modified.[Non-canon 31]
  • Outside of the Fallout series, the Vault-Tec logo also appeared in the 2016 reboot of Doom (published by Bethesda Softworks) on certain doors in the UAC facility on Mars. Vault-Tec is also mentioned in RAGE.[Non-canon 32]

Gallery

References

  1. Vault entrances in Fallout 4 bill the corporation as Vault-Tec Corporation
  2. Vault-Tec Workshop loading screen hints: "Before the Great War, it had been widely publicized that Vault-Tec Industries had won the government contract to provide underground fallout shelters to the U.S. population. But the sinister social experiments? Those remained a secret..."
  3. 3.0 3.1 Vault 15 map from Fallout 2 is signed as Vault-Tec Series 10001-0649 Vault-Tec Industries.
  4. Fallout 2 Vault-Tec Industries billboard loading screen.
  5. Museum of Technology terminal entries; museum information terminal, Vault-Tec's Vault of Tomorrow
  6. Vault 92 terminal entries; Richard Rubin's terminal, personal entry 000897398
  7. Fallout 76 loading screens: "In 2031, Vault-Tec re-branded Morgantown's local college as Vault-Tec University, and some of their top executives and scientists either taught or graduated from there. Go Fighting Wendigos! "
  8. Woods Estate terminal entries: "Vault Tec - Project Safehouse
    Mr. Wood,
    To answer your questions:
    1. Yes, there is room for both you and your son
    2. Yes, your war efforts are greatly appreciated
    3. Yes, you can arrange for your son to be delivered to a safe location in the event of war since you will likely be separated from him. If he is at either location you specified: his home, his school, we will be able to assist.
    4. No, his nanny will not be able to join him
    Regards, Vault-Tec"
  9. Vault 76 terminal entries, VAULT 76 SECURITY INSTRUCTIONS
  10. Knight Paul: "{134}{}{A Water Chip? The ones from the old Vault-Tec shelters?}"
    Vault Dweller: "{135}{}{Yes!.. Do you have one?}"
    Knight Paul: "{136}{}{No. Those things were junk, they were prone to failure. We don’t deal with purifying our own water here. We have water delivered by caravans from the Hub.}"
    Water chips were made by the lowest bidder and were prone to breakage, despite dealing with an essential serivce..
  11. Vault City central computer: "{244}{}{Due to a shipping error, it appears Vault 8 received a box of surplus water chips intended for another Vault. The other Vault most likely received Vault 8's second GECK.}"
    Another major instance of mismanagement, a shipping error related to an essential service.
  12. Vault 88 terminal entries : "October 22, 2077
    Barstow's coming tomorrow. Another dog and pony show. Entrance is finally properly done. So if she brings VIPs, as long as they stick to that section, it'll feel like a real Vault.
    Turns out the construction boys aren't so bad. Been having a friendly poker game. From the way things are going, they're going to be here a good long while yet. Got invited to some Halloween party. God knows we could use a little excitement around here.
    August 29, 2077
    Finally got a real security system. I know the entrance is window dressing, but if Barstow keeps bringing the top brass around it's my ass if something goes wrong.
    The construction crew keeps griping about the new security measures. They can complain all they like."
    This shows Vault 88 construction was deliberately faked to appease Valery Barstow and the higher ups, and this was another deliberate fake ("another dog and pony show").
  13. Vault 114 terminal entries, PRIVATE: Science Staff Only
    Shows that Vault-Tec was deliberately misleading and lying to the public and prospective Vault dwellers about its Vaults and capabilities.
  14. Vault locations v34.129
    A deliberately misleading and boastful publication that is completely divorced from the reality of the Vaults (Vault 13 has consistent water supply problems due to junk technology, Vault 12 failed completely, and Vault 15 suffers from multiple cave-ins.
  15. Vault 118 overseer's log
  16. Citadel terminal entries; Vault-Tec terminal, Vault 108
  17. 17.0 17.1 Rejected letter from Vault-Tec
  18. 18.0 18.1 Vault 88 terminal entries; Vault 88 overseer's desk, Prime Directive
  19. Valery Barstow: "Well. At least that's over. Let's continue. I tried digging my way to the entrance. With that Control Board, I could've changed everything. But there was simply too much rubble for the equipment to handle. But my work, my work kept me going. Here. Among these papers is my life's work. I'd like to share it with you. Doctor Braun tasked me with something vital. A series of prototypes and their related... well, experiments, that could redefine society. But as you can see things did not go according to plan."
    (Valery Barstow's dialogue)
  20. The Sole Survivor: "So these experiments can be run ethically?"
    Valery Barstow: "If you insist on hobbling the prototypes' potential, yes, you could abide by as many ethical standards you'd like. I suggest being more open-minded, but the choice will be ultimately yours."
    (Valery Barstow's dialogue)
  21. Reactor Maintenance and Repair Robot control terminal: "{360}{}{Active PoseidoNet Stations: Atomic Powerplant #5, Navarro Refinery, Control Station ENCLAVE, ENCLAVE Vault-Research Control…AccessDenied}"
    (GSTERM.MSG)
  22. Citadel terminal entries; Vault-Tec terminal, Vault 76
  23. Dick Richardson: "{218}{prs33}{Well, no it didn't. But at least it knocked the damn Red menace back into the stone age.}"
    The Chosen One: "{219}{}{And us with it.}"
    Dick Richardson: "{220}{prs34}{Well, no. No... not quite. You see, we had planned ahead. We were ready. }"
    The Chosen One: "{221}{}{What do you mean?}"
    Dick Richardson: "{222}{prs35}{We had a number of sanctuaries that would enable the glorious American civilization to endure. These facilities - the Vaults - were part of the great plan.}"
    The Chosen One: "{223}{}{Those damn Vaults didn't work the way they were supposed to. A lot of people in them died.}"
    Dick Richardson: "{224}{prs36}{Actually, they worked almost exactly the way they were supposed to. You might call it a social experiment on a grand scale. }"
    The Chosen One: "{225}{}{An experiment?}"
    Dick Richardson: "{226}{prs36a}{The Vaults were set up to test humanity. Some had not enough food synthesizers, others had only men in them, yet others were designed to open after only 6 months. They each had a unique set of circumstances designed to test the occupants.}"
    The Chosen One: "{227}{}{What about Vault 13? What was it's purpose?}"
    Dick Richardson: "{228}{prs37}{Ahh. Vault 13 was a special case. It was supposed to remain closed until the subjects were needed. Vault 13 was, in scientific parlance, a control group.}"
    The Chosen One: "{229}{}{But they would all have died if my ancestor didn't get them a replacement water chip. That doesn't seem to fit in with your plan.}"
    Dick Richardson: "{230}{prs38}{An unfortunate, and unforeseen, accident. However, as it turns out, a rather fortuitous one.}"
    The Chosen One: "{231}{}{What do you mean?}"
    Dick Richardson: "{232}{prs39}{As it turns out we needed test subjects from untainted, pre-war, human stock - your ancestors in Vault 13 - and some freshly mutated stock - the villagers from Arroyo.}"
    The Chosen One: "{233}{}{Why?}"
    Dick Richardson: "{234}{prs39a}{For the Project. It's almost ready. Humanity's salvation is almost at hand and the United States of America will be the progenitor of that rebirth.}"
    The Chosen One: "{235}{}{Rebirth? What do you mean?}"
    (Qhprzrch.msg)
  24. Appearance of non-Vault installations in the games, including the Securitron Vault.
  25. 25.0 25.1 Museum of Technology Vault tour
  26. 26.0 26.1 Power plant operations
  27. Computer terminal: "{103}{}{Welcome to Vault-Tec's state-of-the-art organ extraction apparatus. To operate, please place donor in operating room, turn dial to appropriate species, and select organ to be extracted.}"
    (WSTERM4B.MSG)
  28. The Chosen One: "{349}{}{What is it?}"
    Stark: "{350}{}{It's a Vault-Tec Motion sensor. We were going to strip it for parts, since it's too old for our Pip Boys, but it looks like it's compatible with your model.}"
    The Chosen One: "{351}{}{How does it work?}"
    Stark: "{352}{}{Keep it in your hand and it IDs hostiles in your immediate area when you use it. Or you can call up the Pip Boy automap as normal, then just click the "scanner" button and they're lit up like a neon sign.}"
    (VCSTARK.MSG)
  29. Vault locations v34.129
  30. Vault-Tec headquarters terminal entries; Vault-Tec employee terminal
  31. Vault-Tec headquarters terminal entries; Vault-Tec employee terminal, Message 0101C Bathroom Breaks
  32. Vault-Tec headquarters terminal entries; Vault-Tec employee terminal, Message 0099D Vending Machines
  33. Vault 81 terminal entries; old overseers terminal, Admission Protocol
  34. Vault 81 terminal entries; old overseers terminal, Drills, Drills, Drills and What to do?
  35. Vault 81 terminal entries; old overseers terminal, What to do?
  36. Vault-Tec headquarters terminal entries; Vault-Tec employee terminal; Message 0099D Vending Machines
  37. Vault-Tec headquarters terminal entries; Vault-Tec employee terminal; Message 0101C Bathroom Breaks
  38. Vault-Tec headquarters terminal entries; Company Store; Vault-Tec Baseball Cap
  39. Vault-Tec headquarters terminal entries; Company Store; Vault-Tec Drink Cozy
  40. Vault-Tec bomber jacket
  41. Vault-Tec headquarters terminal entries; Company Store; Vault-Tec Leather Bomber Jacket
  42. Vault-Tec headquarters terminal entries; Company Store; Vault-Tec T-Shirt
  43. Vault-Tec headquarters terminal entries; Company Store; Vault-Tec Vault-Tec Golf Tee
  44. Citadel terminal entries; Vault-Tec terminal, Personnel Assignments
  45. Vault 114 terminal entries; Vault-Tec terminal, PRIVATE: Science Staff Only
  46. Vault 76 animated teaching shorts
  47. Fallout 4 and Fallout 76 Pip-Boy minigames
  48. Vault 94 terminal entries; exterior security terminal, Security Log - 10/21/77
  49. Bradberton's office terminal entries; Nuka-World mail system, Outgoing Mail JCB976NWC
  50. F2 VTFilms.pngVault-Tec Films presentation in Vault 13
  51. Vault-Tec Maps render of New California
  52. Vault-Tec calendar in The House of Tomorrow
  53. The Chosen One: "{323}{}{Did Vic ever have anything that was labeled ‘Vault-Tek’?}"
    Jenny: "{390}{}{Vault-tek? He might have had something like that. I’m not sure. I know he did have a lot of really old stuff.}"
    (Jenny's dialogue)
  54. DataPlex 2000 SmarTerminal: "{242}{}{Presidential Security Passkey recognized, Good day, Mr. President. Emergency Counter Insurgency Protocol initiated (**Malfunction**) Security link offline on this level. Please submit form FG-I-106-32-0635 to authorize repair services. Thanks for using another fine Vault-Tek product. Good day.}"
    (DataPlex 2000 SmarTerminal's information)
  55. Vault Power Nodes: "These generators are currently offline. Vault-tek apologizes for any problems that may be caused and promise that all systems will be made operational as soon as possible. We are awaiting the supply of parts, which should arrive within the next 2.274 years."
    (MIS 25 Speech.txt)
  56. V. 114 interviews
  57. Master ending Fallout

Non-canon

  1. 1.0 1.1 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide: Pocket Reference Edition p. 39, front and back cover.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Prepare for the Future, Channel 3: Tomorrow's Technology Today #37
  3. Fallout Bible 0: "2054 In light of the Euro-Middle-Eastern conflict and the plague scare, the United States sets Project Safehouse in motion. The project, financed by junk bonds, is designed to create shelters, called Vaults, for the populace in the event of a nuclear war or deadly plague. Construction begins late in 2054 and proceeds rapidly due to advances in construction technology. "
  4. 4.0 4.1 Chris Taylor interview for Vault13.net:
    Saint Proverbius (SP): "Which Vault number was the Master's base?"
    Chris Taylor (CT): "The Master was in the Vault-Tec private Vault. This was the demonstration model built for the federal government, it was also very close to the Vault-Tec headquarters."
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fallout Bible 0, Vault system
  6. Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p.1—1-1—2: "Important Vault statistics
    Vault Number: 13
    Starting construction date :August 2063
    Ending construction date: March 2069
    Starting Budget: $400,000,000,000
    Final Budget, with interest: $645,000,000,000
    Total number of occupants: 1,000 (at capacity)
    Total duration: 10 years (at capacity)
    Number of living quarters: 100 (hot bunking required if at maximum capacity)
    Door thickness: 4 yards, steel
    Earth coverage: 3,200,000 tons of soil, at 200 feet
    Computer control system: Think machine
    Primary power supply: Geo-thermal
    Secondary power supply: General Atomics Nuclear Power backup systems
    Power requirements: 3.98mkw/day
    Stores: Complete construction equipment, hydro-agricultural farms, water purification from underground river, defensive weaponry to equip 10 men, communication, social and entertainment files (for total duration)"
  7. 7.0 7.1 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide inner cover: "NOTICE.––This document contains information affecting the national defense of the United States within the meaning of the New Amended Espionage Act, 50 U.S.C., 31 and 32. Its transmission or the revelation of its contents in any manner to an unauthorized person is prohibited by the law."
  8. Fallout Bible 6, Life with the GECK:
    "1b. What may be suitable for planting in the present may not be suitable in 20 yrs. This is esp true I would think in theFO universe with its rather unstable ecosystem. I mean if one really wanted to be certain that what one was panting would grow the best thing to do would be to collect the seeds, spores etc from already growing food sources - these have a guaranteed fertilization rate. After all those corn seeds that were put in the GECK 50 yrs ago now have not sufficiently mutated to endure the new Wasteland (even in a "normal" ecosystem, the only strains of plant that survive are those that mutate)."
    "You're absolutely right. The GECK builders had no idea what the post-nuclear world would be like, and they had no real way to anticipate it, despite their "thorough tests" (it's doubtful they gave it much thought, to be honest, considering how badly organized the Safehouse project alone was, not to mention the experimental nature of the Vaults) - still, it seems as if the seeds present in the GECK were viable for Vault 8."
  9. Fallout Bible 0: "2054 In light of the Euro-Middle-Eastern conflict and the plague scare, the United States sets Project Safehouse in motion. The project, financed by junk bonds, is designed to create shelters, called Vaults, for the populace in the event of a nuclear war or deadly plague. Construction begins late in 2054 and proceeds rapidly due to advances in construction technology."
  10. 10.0 10.1 Fallout Bible 0: "2063 August The construction of most Vaults completed, except for Vault 13, whose construction finally gets off the ground... heralding a development cycle that seems plagued with problems. Drills begin in the other cities with completed Vaults, but the increasing frequency of the drills has a "cry wolf" effect, and the turnouts for drills trickle off as the years go on."
  11. One Man, and a Crate of Puppets, panel 1: "The Vault Experiments were never designed to rescue the people that lived inside them. They were a vast social experiment designed to study pre-selected segments of the population."
  12. 12.0 12.1 Fallout Bible 0, #More questions, questions:
    "The Vault experiments were an idea created by Tim Cain, and I don't really know the reason behind them, but I can offer some speculation."
    "First off, thematically, it's pretty creepy, and we all know that developers will pull all sorts of crazy shit to try and mess with players' heads. It's possible that Tim had just finished watching an X-Files episode and had conspiracy theories swimming around in his subconscious. As to your comment about the experiments being a bit over the top, well, yeah. We're guilty as charged."
  13. Fallout Bible 0: "2077 October 23 Great War: Bombs are launched; who struck first is unknown... and it is not even known if the bombs came from China or America. Air raid sirens sound, but very few people go into Vaults, thinking it is a false alarm. The Vaults are sealed."
  14. Fallout Bible 0: "2091 Vault 8 opens, and they use their GECK to create fertile ground for their city. This eventually becomes Vault City."
  15. Fallout Bible 0: "2092 LA Vault opens, the Boneyard is founded and attracts survivors."
  16. Fallout Bible 6, Life with the GECK:
    "1b. What may be suitable for planting in the present may not be suitable in 20 yrs. This is esp true I would think in theFO universe with its rather unstable ecosystem. I mean if one really wanted to be certain that what one was panting would grow the best thing to do would be to collect the seeds, spores etc from already growing food sources - these have a guaranteed fertilization rate. After all those corn seeds that were put in the GECK 50 yrs ago now have not sufficiently mutated to endure the new Wasteland (even in a "normal" ecosystem, the only strains of plant that survive are those that mutate)."
    "You're absolutely right. The GECK builders had no idea what the post-nuclear world would be like, and they had no real way to anticipate it, despite their "thorough tests" (it's doubtful they gave it much thought, to be honest, considering how badly organized the Safehouse project alone was, not to mention the experimental nature of the Vaults) - still, it seems as if the seeds present in the GECK were viable for Vault 8."
  17. Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p.2—1: "SIMTEK OPERATIONS
    The Vault-Tec Research Group has determined that after a long period of security, many Vault-Dwellers will feel “uncomfortable” with the idea of returning to the outside world. The SimTek 5000 will provide a safe and reassuring return to life on the outside world. This chapter will give you a brief walk-through of the operation of the SimTek 5000."
  18. Vault Dweller's Survival Guide pp. 5—34:
    GECK
  19. Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Collector's Edition p. 384: "[6.19] Suffolk County Charter School
    The student base of this school consisted mostly of lower-income and disadvantaged students. These children were lucky enough to be chosen for trials of a new food substitute paste developed by Vault-Tec in conjunction with the U.S. government. The paste was intended to provide all necessary nutrition and have a shelf life of over 100 years. Despite some minor side effects, the paste is both nutritious and delicious. Why not try some yourself? You’ll be in the pink!"
    (Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Map)
  20. Shop-Tec
  21. Playing cards
  22. Promotional item - Boston Bugle Volume 12, no. 748
  23. Vault Dweller's Survival Guide: "ISSUED BY VAULT-TEC DOCUMENTATION DEPARTMENT, JANUARY, 2077"
  24. Fallout 4 site image
  25. Fallout 4 site image
  26. Fallout 4 site images
  27. 27.0 27.1 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide: Pocket Reference Edition p. 3
  28. Fallout 4 site image
  29. Fallout Bible 6, Life with the GECK:
    "1b. What may be suitable for planting in the present may not be suitable in 20 yrs. This is esp true I would think in the FO universe with its rather unstable ecosystem. I mean if one really wanted to be certain that what one was panting would grow the best thing to do would be to collect the seeds, spores etc from already growing food sources - these have a guaranteed fertilization rate. After all those corn seeds that were put in the GECK 50 yrs ago now have not sufficiently mutated to endure the new Wasteland (even in a "normal" ecosystem, the only strains of plant that survive are those that mutate)."
    "You're absolutely right. The GECK builders had no idea what the post-nuclear world would be like, and they had no real way to anticipate it, despite their "thorough tests" (it's doubtful they gave it much thought, to be honest, considering how badly organized the Safehouse project alone was, not to mention the experimental nature of the Vaults) - still, it seems as if the seeds present in the GECK were viable for Vault 8."
  30. Bloomfield Space Center design document/1: "In November, 2076, the Enclave seized control of Bloomfield Space Center. They knew nuclear war was just around the corner, so they tried to refit the Hermes-13 and convert it into a vehicle that would take selected personnel (mainly themselves) off-planet, destination yet to be determined."
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