Background[edit | edit source]
Watoga was founded by Watoga, Inc. on February 4, 2042, built at the site of an old ghost town. Financed by Atomic Mining Services, the Watoga project aimed to create a "city of the future" and was designed to be fully automated. Civil services and municipal management were handled by a variety of carefully programmed RobCo Industries and General Atomics International robot models (mostly protectrons and Mr. Handies), operating the city cleanly and efficiently.
The only human element in governance was the mayor, chosen by the city's systems for a term of random duration. The system was intended to ensure that the mayor would not be hounded by special interests or bribes from corrupt enterprises. The Watoga Constitution also granted the mayor's executive orders to be the force of law, with the single exception that no such law could directly counteract that authority.
As the randomly-selected mayors likely would not have the governmental experience, the Watoga Municipal Center office was outfitted with the Mayoral Artificial Intelligence Assistant, or MAIA, an artificial intelligence intended to provide the mayor with the necessary expertise to help make executive decisions. Mayors in the office could tell MAIA their desires to draft the appropriate legislation or, if confused about a possible course of action, be provided with informative answers from her knowledge database of decades worth of curated news articles, court opinions, and legislature.
Despite the founding company's intentions, the system of governance proved to be fundamentally flawed in practice. Mayors often had no regard for the public interest, instead abusing their position for personal gains, such as the banning of rock and roll music.
Watoga greatly suffered from elitism, with steep property prices excluding all but the richest Appalachians from purchasing real estate within the city. The elites had a vested interest in their city, voting against any measures that would endanger their status, including limiting emergency fire services to only the city's major districts and declining additional bus services so that the lowered cost wouldn't bring the "wrong kinds of people" to the city. Watoga also created its own establishment, the Watoga Times, which had existed by at least 2057. The Times advertised the Watoga Times Atomic Lottery, a lottery in which the winner would receive a decade's supply of various foodstuffs, with at least one winner emerging in September 2077, having played the lottery for over 20 years.
After Watoga's completion, the need for human workers dwindled, causing nearby towns to become abandoned and forfeit. When applying for Watoga citizenship, residents in the surrounding area were routinely rejected by RobCo's management, including full-time employees at the company. The dissatisfaction and rejection caused Scott Turner, a RobCo developer, to form the Free Watoga People's Party and sabotage the city and its robotic staff.
On October 22, 2077, Turner launched Operation Free Watoga, breaching Watoga's emergency service protocols and causing the city's robots to malfunction. To prevent others from fixing the machines, Turner broke the transmission sequencer and corrupted the software on update terminals throughout the RobCo Research Center, leaving the terminal in his office the only machine capable of creating updates. To restrict access, Turner locked the terminal and prevented any badge other than his own from accessing the office. While Turner had only planned to evacuate Watoga to make elites beg for permission to live in the city again, Watoga's emergency services massacred the citizens as they tried to evacuate. Any residents who were not evacuated from the city perished.
As a precaution in the event of her death, the mayor, Barbara Elizabeth, issued an executive order to instate anyone who entered her Watoga Municipal Center office as the new mayor for the day. Once evacuations were complete, Elizabeth had planned to negotiate a truce with the unknown saboteur, but succumbed to fatal injuries before she could do so. Watoga's robotic emergency services continued to remain hostile after the Great War, deterring survivors from taking refuge in the automated city's supply-rich environment.
Various vertibird wrecks and skeletons are found scattered across the city after the Great War. Some are left from military attempts to retake the city while others are from the Brotherhood of Steel's attempts to salvage technology and supplies from the city. Following the failure of Operation Touchdown and the fall of nearby Fort Defiance, the scorchbeasts local to the Cranberry Bog have nested within the city itself, as seen by the earthen mounds found atop many of Watoga's skyscrapers.
Layout[edit | edit source]
Watoga is a fairly large settlement area with tall buildings, including the Atomic Mining Services corporate headquarters in the center. Some enemies that inhabit Watoga are protectron Watoga government workers, Mr. Handys, Assaultrons, Eyebots and the Scorched. To pacify the robots, the side quest, Mayor for a Day needs to be completed, which is started on the top floor of the Watoga Municipal Center.
Notable loot[edit | edit source]
- Enola Walker's story, part 4 - Holotape, behind the red music pavilion, near a trash can.
- Key to Clara's box - In a locked toolbox (opened with the toolbox key) on the rocks at the creek bank just off the sidewalk near Drumlin Diner. Opens a wooden crate inside of the doghouse in Sutton.
- Two potential magazines:
- Northeast of Watoga High School, inside the transit bus (not any of the nearby school buses), on the seat just to the right of the entrance.
- On the suspended monorail tram in the southeast corner of the city, just west of Watoga High School. At the front left side of the carriage, near the driver's controls.
- Two power armor chassis with T-series armor pieces:
- Next to the crashed vertibot in the central plaza in front of the AMS corporate headquarters.
- On the roof of the building east of the Watoga Civic Center. There are several access routes, one is the fire escapes on the east wall of the civic center. At the top, look for a vertibot.
- There are four more sets in or on:
- Potential workshop plan - Inside a trailer truck at the southwest corner of Watoga, on (or submerged in) a crate to the left of a dresser.
- Potential recipe - Inside the Drumlin diner, next to a cooking stove.
- Two Stealth Boys:
- Inside a trailer truck at the southwest corner of Watoga, to the right of a dresser.
- Inside a bus to the immediate north of the Watoga High School parked buses, to the left.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- The front sign in Watoga that displays the population updates in real time based on the number of player characters in the town.
- The city's 2042 founding date is prominently displayed on the city's seal, included in a RobCo copyright on the municipal center's automated update beacon, and explicitly mentioned as February 4, 2042, in the mayor's terminal. A loading screen states that Watoga was built as a joint effort between AMS, RobCo, and the federal government, despite RobCo Industries being founded on June 25, 2042, four months after the city's founding.
- Similarly, a message on Scott Turner's terminal indicates Operation Free Watoga and the resulting murderous robots became prevalent in April 2077. This is discredited by Turner's last words and letters with Jennica which indicate that the event took place only a day prior to the Great War.
- After Mayor for a Day is completed, all robots in Watoga will no longer attack the player character, as the programming unleashed by Scott Turner is overwritten by the command that he also wrote as a failsafe. Even if one attacks the robots, they will not turn hostile (except for the protectrons after both arms have been shot), so it is a good way to farm electronics and other robot-related junk.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Watoga appears only in Fallout 76.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Watoga is based on the real world location of the same name.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Watoga Municipal Center terminal entries; Mayor's terminal, Selection Committee Letter [Archived]
- Fallout 76 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p. 492: "28. WATOGA
This area was built at the site of an old ghost town. The titans of industry and robotics crafted this shining new center of commerce to be the jewel of southeast Appalachia—a fully autonomous city, where robots catered to your every whim. As the more cynical detractors pointed out at the time, there was likely to be a downside if these robots were to ever malfunction. Now Watoga is abandoned aside from a sizable mechanical population. Exercise extreme caution as you explore the rusting towers of the Cranberry Bog Capital; emotionless automatons and extremely long drops are just the start of the threats that abound in these parts!"
(Fallout 76 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Atlas of Appalachia)
- RobCo Research Center terminal entries; receptionist terminal
- Fallout 76 loading screens: "Watoga was built as a joint effort between the federal government, RobCo, and Atomic Mining Services to build a 'city of the future.'"
- AMS corporate headquarters terminal entries; CEO Kilson's terminal, Partnership Report: RobCo
- Watoga Municipal Center terminal entries; Mayor's terminal, List of Pertinent Executive Orders
- Watoga Emergency Services terminal entries; Emergency report terminal, File Fire Report, Minor Fire Incident
- Watoga Transit Hub terminal entries; front desk terminal, New Bus Lines Proposal
- Survivor story: Willie Mae
- Goodbye dad
- Where now?
- RobCo Research Center terminal entries; HR terminal, Watoga Applications
- Letter to Jennica
- Operation Free Watoga log 322
- Watoga Municipal Center terminal entries; Mayor's terminal, Mayor for a Day
- Letter from Jennica
- Barbara Elizabeth: I've failed. Whoever you are, you're mayor of a dead city. Those I couldn't evacuate have perished. There's no one... nothing left. (Mayor for a Day)
- Notes 11/77
- BoS report - Antique store
- Letter to Jennica and Letter from Jennica