Wouldn't it have been swell?
Hey, I've got something for you to think about.
What would be a pivotal butterfly flapping it's wings in the river of history that could have resulted in the alternative world of FALLOUT 3, the super retro science fiction society that ended in post-apocalyptic ruins? If you could change one small event in American history to produce the world of FALLOUT 3 in 2012 America instead of that garbage dump that is there now?
I say ... the firing pin on John Wilkes Booth's pistol misfires and jams the barrel. Think about it.
Lincoln's security rushes forward to grab him as he produces a dagger and charges Lincoln. In two weeks, Lincoln begins repatriation to Liberia. A year later, all the slaves have been returned to their native land with financial grants to set up democratic governments there. They are then abandoned to their own fate on their own soil. Sobered by the attempt on his life, Lincoln adopts a much more generous position during the occupation of the South and controls abuses by carpetbaggers. Conservatives reign over the cabinet and general standards for conduct and behaviour rise sharply following the Civil War. The South's intellectual contribution is substantial and the universities go in another direction altogether in terms of academic standards. Lincoln bases the currency on gold and a Constitutional Amendment is passed to keep it so.
America abstains from getting involved in the First and Second World War and is fiercely hated for it by international financiers and bankers. With a hundred years of technological progress behind them and an entire culture built on engineering, they rapidly surpass the world in every discipline. In the 1970's the first American sets foot on Mars, having put a man on the moon in the 1940's.
Their exclusionary, elitist and neutral civilization is a 3000 mile wide Switzerland dominated by industrial powers like Vault-Tec. They are so forward thinking that they avoid solid-state electronics and embrace EMP-proofed long term technology powered by tiny atomic batteries. They prosper so greatly they become a reviled target for every nation wrecker on the planet by the 1980s and are deliberately dragged into a series of regional wars that culminate in a nuclear first strike by the Chinese in the early 90's. The continent is decimated and leaves the ruins you see in the game.
What do you think?