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Watoga is a city in the Cranberry Bog region of Appalachia.

Background

Watoga was founded in 2042,[2] built at the site of an old ghost town[Non-canon 1] in the state of West Virginia. 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 RobCo Industries and General Atomics International robot models.[3][4][5] Watoga created its own periodical, the Watoga Times. The newspaper advertised the Atomic Lottery, a lottery in which the winner would receive a decade's supply of various foodstuffs. At least one winner, Willie Mae, emerged one month before the Great War, having played the lottery for over 20 years.[6]

Before the Great War, residency was granted on a case by case basis. RobCo's management determined which applications were approved, and frequently rejected those submitted by their own full-time employees.[7] Unemployment increased due to automation, and those who had been granted residency voted to restrict emergency fire services to the city's major districts[8][9][10] and declined additional bus services so that the lowered cost wouldn't bring the "wrong kinds of people" to the city.[11] 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.[12]

Operation Free Watoga

On October 22, 2077, Turner launched Operation Free Watoga, breaching Watoga's emergency service protocols and causing the city's robots to malfunction.[13] To prevent their repair, 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.[14] While Turner had only planned to evacuate Watoga, the emergency services attacked citizens as they tried to evacuate.[15][16][17][18]

As a precaution in the event of her death, the then-mayor, Barbara Elizabeth, issued an executive order to instate anyone who entered her Watoga Municipal Center office as the new mayor for the day.[19] 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.[15] Watoga's robotic emergency services continued to remain hostile after the Great War.[20]

Layout

Watoga map
Appalachian AntiquesNAR Repair YardThunder Mountain Substation TM-02Veiled Sundew GroveFlooded TrainyardSurvey Camp AlphaWatoga StationWatoga High SchoolWatoga Shopping PlazaWatoga Civic CenterWatoga Transit HubWatoga EstatesWatoga Emergency ServicesWatoga Municipal CenterF76 Watoga Map.png
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Watoga is an expansive and dense city, featuring tall buildings, shopping plaza, an underground garage, two monorail stations, train station and transit hub. The unique spire of corporate headquarters of Atomic Mining Services towers over all other buildings in the city.

The administrative portion of the town is centralized around the AMS tower and Watoga's municipal and civic centers. The tall buildings connect to those to the southwest, including the Watoga Estates via elevators and sky bridges to and from the topside pool, municipal center rooftops, and monorail station to the northwest. The upper floors of the central buildings are also accessible via stairwells in the southeastern part of town. Across the street from the civic center, Watoga Emergency Services features an open lobby and roof access, containing a helipad and view of downtown Watoga.

The northeastern commercial portion is situated between the headquarters plaza to the west and high school to the south. The businesses of the shopping plaza are located throughout, including Super-Duper Mart, Watoga Real Estate, and Hubris Comics n' Toys store alongside Miller's Appliances and Stuart's Department Store. Along the northern perimeter, a long walkway overlooks the Cranberry Bog region, complete with garden terraces and a bandstand. The southern edge features Fresh Soil Restaurant, Slocum's Joe, Cranberry Heights, and a solitary Drumlin Diner. Circling back towards the center of town, a crashed vertibot and its detritus are scattered across the AMS plaza.

The city is inhabited by several varieties of robots, such as Assaultrons, Eyebots and Protectrons, created continuously via robot fabricators throughout the city. Wrecked vehicles, scorchbeast guano piles, and broken robots litter the roadways. Scorchbeasts have also constructed nests out of accumulations of wreckage, affixed to the walls and roofs of several buildings.

Split-flap display signs are installed throughout the city, actively rotating through their pre-War announcements. The city's roadways are named after the city's tech companies, either by name or by associated verbiage, such as RobCo Boulevard, Innovation East, and AMS West streets.

Sections

Notable loot

  • 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 car 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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Potential recipe - Inside the Drumlin diner, next to a cooking stove.

Notes

Appearances

Watoga appears in Fallout 76.

Behind the scenes

There is a real-world unincorporated community of the same name in West Virginia.

Gallery

References

  1. Vault Dweller: "I'm the mayor of Watoga. The city of robots."
    Captain Fields: "Oh yeah, we came through there. Thompson, aren't you the mayor too?"
    Sergeant Thompson: "Not today, sir. It only lasts for a day."
    (Oliver Fields' and Thompson's dialogue)
  2. Watoga Municipal Center terminal entries; Mayor's terminal, Selection Committee Letter [Archived]
  3. RobCo Research Center terminal entries; receptionist terminal
  4. Fallout 76 loading screens: "Watoga was built as a joint effort between the United States government, RobCo, and Atomic Mining Services to build a 'city of the future.'"
  5. AMS corporate headquarters terminal entries; CEO Kilson's terminal, Partnership Report: RobCo
  6. Survivor story: Willie Mae
  7. RobCo Research Center terminal entries; HR terminal, Watoga Applications
  8. Watoga Emergency Services terminal entries; Emergency report terminal, File Fire Report, Minor Fire Incident
  9. Goodbye dad
  10. Where now?
  11. Watoga Transit Hub terminal entries; Front desk terminal, New Bus Lines Proposal
  12. Abandoned Bog Town terminal entries; Encrypted Message 4.24.77
  13. Letter to Jennica
  14. Operation Free Watoga log 322
  15. 15.0 15.1 Watoga Municipal Center terminal entries; Mayor's terminal, Mayor for a Day
  16. Letter to Jennica and Letter from Jennica
  17. 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)
  18. Last words
  19. Vault Dweller: "Did you also become the mayor for a day?"
    Maram Ayari: "Oh! Made your way up to see MAIA, did you? I'm impressed. Yeah. You can imagine my chagrin when I arrived at the promised robot utopia, only to get laser-beamed from every direction. But I wasn't gonna give up on my dream that easily. So I loaded up on Stealth Boys and scoured the place until I found MAIA. The rest is history."
    (Maram Ayari's dialogue)
  20. Notes 11/77
  21. Mayor for a Day
  22. Vault Dweller: "Did you also become the mayor for a day?"
    Maram Ayari: "Oh! Made your way up to see MAIA, did you? I'm impressed. Yeah. You can imagine my chagrin when I arrived at the promised robot utopia, only to get laser-beamed from every direction. But I wasn't gonna give up on my dream that easily. So I loaded up on Stealth Boys and scoured the place until I found MAIA. The rest is history."
    (Maram Ayari's dialogue)
  23. Vault Dweller: "I'm the mayor of Watoga. The city of robots."
    Captain Fields: "Oh, yeah. We came through there. Thompson, aren't you the mayor too?"
    Sergeant Thompson: "Not today, sir. It only lasts for a day."
    (Oliver Fields' and Thompson's dialogue)

Non-canon

  1. 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)
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