Ruling post-apocalypse: A series on Fallout: New Vegas

Where I have fun with politics and videogames

As a spot of practice, and a bit of entertainment, I’ve decided to start a short series on politics within Fallout: New Vegas. Developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Bethesda Softworks, Fallout: New Vegas is the 7th game produced in the Fallout series. It is considered a spin-off from the main series, and acts as a sequel to Fallout 1 & 2, rather than the more recent Fallout 3, mainly due to Obsidian’s development team having worked on 1 & 2 as part of the now-defunct Black Isle Studios. The game’s central narrative focuses on a post-apocalyptic war for the control of New Vegas between the democratic New California Republic, the authoritarian legion, and the technocratic Mr. House. Through this, the player is offered an interesting look at various forms of political organization, be it through the three big players, or the myriad smaller factions encountered in the Mojave wasteland.

As everythin else on my site, I will post installments irregularly, but here is a non-exhaustive list of what I’ll be looking at:
-The Legion, and fascist authoritarism (This will drop at the same time as this here post)
-The NCR and liberal representative democracy
-Mr. House and technocratic oligarchy
-Yes-Man and Techno-anarchism
-The Followers of the Apocalypse, The Kings, and Anarcho-mutualism
-The Brotherhood of Steel and Pseudo-Feudal Technocracy
-Echoes of The Master and Communal Transhumanism: The super mutant and identity
-The boomers, gerontocracy, and militant isolationism
-The Big Empty and the limits of science
-New Canaan, the tribes of Zion, and colonialism
-Ulysses, The Divide, and the pitfalls of nostalgia

Cheers, hope this tickles your fancy!
-Angsty Possum

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