historical parallels and context in Fallout
- fo1: most societies have aesthetics and philosophy comparable to archaic, flawed, long-dead cultures, demonstrating how humanity has regressed in the wake of nuclear disaster.
- fo2: in some areas, humanity regresses further in the form of isolated tribes that have lost much of their understanding of technology and history. elsewhere, the NCR is developing into a formidable country, modelled after the failed US government, highlighting how, in this reality, America is just another archaic, flawed, long-dead culture. this theme is approached from a different angle by Vault City, an idealized retro-scifi settlement that's too corrupt, beurocratic, and xenophobic to live up to the ideal of the safe utopia it presents itself as (much like America, especially in the mid-20th century)
- fo3: uuuhhhhhhhh. there's an anti-slavery dude who's really into abraham lincoln. i guess. vampires?
- fnv: introduced the legion (an attempt by a pseudo-intellectual to create a hyper-warlike New Roman Empire). established a widespread Old West culture across Nevada. elaborates on the NCR's corruption and cultural stagnation, further demonstrating the problems inherent to "rebuilding America". expanded a fair bit on the theme of "50's america as an ancient, dead civilization", especially in Old World Blues. also, there are a handful of cool, really specific subtle parallels. for example, if arcade is sold to the legion, he disembowels himself in homage to cato (who he admires and is comparable to), a roman statesman who killed himself rather than live under a corrupt caesar. sallow mourned arcade just as julius mourned cato, though whether sallow understood arcade's gesture is left ambiguous
- fo4: The Railroad is a clumsy underground railroad parallel. a militia made some Minutemen uniforms and started calling themselves The Minutemen. some guy found John Hancock's clothes and started calling himself John Hancock.