The (arguably) most disturbing part of the Fallout universe: Vaults.
Here are just a few of the super fun social experiments designed by the government for the post-apocalypse survivors!
First seen in Fallout: New Vegas. Vault 11 dwellers were told to sacrifice one of their own each year or the entire vault population would be killed by the vault computer system. If they refused, the vault door would open and an automated recording telling them they were paragons of society would play. Unfortunately, Vault 11’s residents did not refuse. By the time the player encounters Vault 11 everyone is dead by sacrificial chamber, coup, or in the case of the single (assumed) survivor, time.
Fallout. Vault 12 was an experiment to see the effects of radiation on a population. This resulted in a city of ghouls, Necropolis.
Fallout. Designed to stay closed for 200 years, Vault 13 was a study of isolation. This was the home of the Vault Dweller.
Fallout. Filled over maximum capacity, and with groups with radically different ideologies, Vault 15 resulted in a mass exodus. Three of the groups that left founded the Khans, the Vipers, and the Jackals, all raiders. The fourth group went to found Shady Sands (the capital of the NCR).
Fallout Bible only. This vault was overcrowded- maximum capacity of a vault is 1000. Vault 27 had 2000 occupants.
Fallout Bible/Van Buren (also mentioned as 31). Vault 29’s residents were all under the age of 15. Instead of a human adult overseer, the vault was led by a ZAX super-computer. The computer was taken over by Diana (a human), by linking her brain to it, thereby allowing the children to be raised by humans- albeit by proxy.
Fallout Bible. One thousand occupants, 999 men and one woman (68)/999 women and one man (69).
Fallout 3. Led to believe Vault 92 was a haven for elite musicians, vault occupants were exposed to white noise and subliminal messages meant to create super soldiers. At least half of the vault’s residents became crazed and violent, possibly killing the other half of the vault (frag mines can be seen placed in an attempt to stave off the violent vault dwellers).
and then you have the non-canon (i.e. Tactics, BoS) vaults, like Vault 0 (meant to keep US pre-war genius in cryogenic stasis), and the Secret Vault meant to protect important members of Vault-tec, and you see that the vaults aren’t meant to protect humanity at all, rather, they’re meant to test the presumably doomed residents with terrifying social experiments designed by the US government- who built their own bunkers and vaults to keep them safe.
True, the divergent Fallout future is characterized by paranoia and fear (of communism!), but is our own world really that different? I don’t know… I think I’d rather take my chances in the wastes. Of course, we’ve all seen how well that works out for people.
Can’t leave out Vault 112, the best of the bunch! It was basically an excuse for one man to mentally torture a bunch of people for the rest of eternity, all while they were completely unaware there was even anything wrong until they were already dead and being resurrected for more “fun.” Image having that as your fate.
I’d rather be the one woman in vault 68.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t Vault 101 used to test the effects of incest over time?
Lol, that would be ALL the vaults with the incest idea. 101 had to deal with a dictatorship and were told they could never leave or they’d die to the environment. aside from that, I want to make a 68 cosplay suit ;D
Vault 101 was all about blindly believing the overseer (all hail the overseer) and about making a better genetic generation ( i think you can discuss that with the overseer when you return to vault 101)