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Fallout before the apocalypse by QuantumBranching Fallout before the apocalypse by QuantumBranching
This one is an effort at creating a world map for the rather sketchily described pre-nuclear-war setting of the Fallout game series. Fallout is something of an AtomicPunk world, with technology more like an upgraded 1950s than anything logically following from our world: the USSR is still around in 2076, although it is no longer the principal enemy of the US, having fallen behind China both economically and technologically. China, which has modernized while remaining a dictatorship, is the primary Evil Empire. (Indeed, US-Soviet relations are relatively cordial nowadays)

The US is rather different, having been reorganized for supposed efficiency into a number of confederations occupying an intermediary political level between state and federal. With the increasing economic and environmental crises of the 21st century, the US has become increasingly dictatorial, and has occupied both unstable Mexico and, more recently, uncooperative Canada to gain better control of their resources.

It's a bit of a messed up world: the last of the oil is running out, global-warming related desertification is increasing, and nuclear power is apparently more difficult to control and prone to disastrous failure modes than in our world. A form of fusion power cell has been build, but it is still so expensive to built in large sizes that it has not yet made a serious dent in the power shortage. A united Europe went to war for cheaper oil in the 60s against an Arab coalition: after a horrible bloodbath, the middle East was a wreck and there was no oil to have: bitter recriminations and eventually civil war followed. Tel Aviv was nuked and the Israelis did not respond very forgivingly.

Now, China and the US are fighting over the last scraps of oil in Alaska and the oil pipeline: The US has launched a counterattack on the Chinese mainland, and the Chinese fear the Americans will join up with their (largely kept secret from the outside world) internal rebellions....the world is on the brink of nuclear catastrophe.
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:iconcrazayfish1:
CrazayFish1 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
How much of this is cannon?
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Eheucaius17 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
Awesome map! I just have a few questions.

what caused India to break up?

how come Europe, Israel and England aren't supporting the USA against China?

which side of the war do the soviets support, if any? 

What happened to Mexico that caused it to be annexed by the USA.

Are the Europeans, Chinese, Soviets or anyone else working on a vault system like the USA is, and if so, does it end up working more effectively, leading to more advanced civilizations in other arias of the world. 
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T1mbuk0n3 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
Why is the ocean green?
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:iconquantumbranching:
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
Just an aesthetic choice - radioactive green!
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:icont1mbuk0n3:
T1mbuk0n3 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
Can you make a map of after the apocalypse? And a map of after The Day After Tomorrow?
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Goldenfury56 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
It's a really cool 1950s point of view of the future. I mean. Think about it. The USSR still exist. Germans and French are still nit picking and global warming starting to become widely noticed. Back in those days I'm sure that's what a lot of people would think the future would be.
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:iconquantumbranching:
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
Yep, nothing ages faster than yesterday's pasts... :)
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:iconi-use-windows-vista:
I-use-windows-vista Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
I don't want to see this in real life, since it's happening anyway,,,, I will travel 2 Mars
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:iconquantumbranching:
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
Save a seat for me!
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:iconi-use-windows-vista:
I-use-windows-vista Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
I changed my mind after playing Doom 3 :iconmingplz:
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:iconplzwork112234:
plzwork112234 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How the heck is anything like this happening.
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:iconi-use-windows-vista:
I-use-windows-vista Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
I dunno, see the news
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:iconplzwork112234:
plzwork112234 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No one besides Iran is going to use nukes.
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:iconi-use-windows-vista:
I-use-windows-vista Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
I Hope that NO war will happen, otherwise, Mars is calling
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:iconplzwork112234:
plzwork112234 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
War always happens. It's a human pass time.
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:iconhappymia13:
happymia13 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Please humans. Don't let that happen, ever!
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:iconquantumbranching:
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Well, I'll try my best... :)
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:iconrainbowdash02:
RainbowDash02 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
BladeEffet: id say its the Human race that is fucked up, not the whole planet.
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:iconbladeeffect:
BladeEffect Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maybe we still have hope. I mean, this map is fictional, our world is not like that today so maybe there is hope for human race.
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:iconquantumbranching:
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
We're just getting back at Mother Nature for giving us cancer. ;) (Wink) 
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:iconbladeeffect:
BladeEffect Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So the world in fallout sucked ass even before the war... one fucked up planet lol
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:iconquantumbranching:
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Yeah, the Fallout setting is kind of a crapsack world: tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php…
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jojo29873 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
stupid
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:iconquantumbranching:
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Me? The map? The fallout franchise? Your parents who don't understand you?
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:iconcoulicath:
Coulicath Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I would have to disagree with the Philippines being annexed to Indonesia. My country has always fought for independence and it always will. Great map, though! I love maps like this. :)
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Eheucaius17 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
I don't think the Philippines were annexed by Indonesia. The only country they took over was Malaysia.
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:iconquantumbranching:
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
No, it's not part of Indonesia, they just share the "US ally" color. I should have made that clearer. And thanks!
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MatthewJabezNazarioI Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
And I also wish the Philippines will re-exist as a new nation very long after the Great War.
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:iconquantumbranching:
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Hopefully they are fairly low on the Chinese "to nuke" list.
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MatthewJabezNazarioI Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
I hope Manila is mimicking pre-colonial life.
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ValkyrieaKu Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting.
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:iconvveeb:
vveeb Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well this is depressing
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:iconquantumbranching:
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Yeah, that's Fallout for you...:)
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Jaedave Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Good to know I will be long dead before 2076.
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:iconquantumbranching:
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Well, the ship has sailed for this "alternate future." But I'm sure 2076 will be screwed up in all sorts of _different_ ways. :)
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:iconjaedave:
Jaedave Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Or it could be a Utopia. Depends if we all get our **** together first.
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:iconquantumbranching:
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Yeah, but that is a big If...I personally have been trying to get my **** together for a quarter century, and it's still not cohering very well. :)
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:iconfrankzo:
Frankzo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
HOLY SHIT! +fav
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:iconquantumbranching:
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Now that's the sort of enthusiastic response I look for! :D
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:iconjakerulez17:
JakeRulez17 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
(Question: Is there a template version of this map?)


"In the 21st century, war was still waged over the resources that could be acquired. Only this time, the spoils of war were also it's weapons: Petroleum and Uranium. For these resources, China would invade Alaska, the U.S. would annex Canada, and the European Commonwealth would dissolve into quarreling, bickering nation-states bent controlling the last remaining resources on Earth."
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:iconquantumbranching:
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Just a basic outline map.
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:iconskelentov:
Skelentov Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
There's a lot about this map that I don't agree with but it's great effort.
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:iconquantumbranching:
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Well, I'm not a player, so I just picked up the background from the internet, so there may be accuracy issues even where I didn't change things to be more "logical" by my standards. Glad you still think well of it.
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Mecingo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Jeez I wonder if a similar scenario will come true in reality...
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:iconquantumbranching:
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Not unless we're really stupid; physics here is a bit kinder than the Fallout universe.
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:iconmrepicjustice:
MrEpicJustice Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
It's not even that, the Fallout world had Technology lag far behind, never achieveing self renewing technology like Solar power or even miniaturisation
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Safilpope Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
They had solar power, Helios One in F:NV being a prime example
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:iconquantumbranching:
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
The part about solar power is particularly egregious; heck, you can make use of solar power with ordinary mirrors and a boiler...
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AnataraKentara Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So basically, after 2050 it all went to hell.

It's only after 2077 that civilisation finally collapsed under the strain.
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Essentially...
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