The Head of State is the individual in a government who serves as the chief representative of that government's state, personifying the continuity and legitimacy of the state. A head of state sometimes has political power and is, in fact, the leader of his or her nation (the head of government); other heads of state are almost purely ceremonial.
Ceremonial heads of state in the modern era have included the posts of Emperor of the Klingon Empire (Kahless) and Emperor of the Romulan Star Empire (Shiarkiek). Some ceremonial head of state posts intentionally go unfilled, such as in the case of the Empty Throne of Andor. A historical head of state on Earth was the post of the Monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain - which lasted into at least the 21st century.
Heads of state who double as heads of government include the posts of President of the United Federation of Planets (Nanietta Bacco), Grand Nagus of the Ferengi Alliance (Rom), and Castellan of the Cardassian Union (Alon Ghemor). Heads of state of Federation Members include the posts of President of the Trill Union, First Minister of the Republic of Bajor, President of United Earth, President of the United States of America (subdivision of United Earth), and Governor of Cestus III.
The quest is given to the player in the Temple of the Union by Hannibal Hamlin. Hannibal wants to relocate his slave haven from the Temple of the Union to the Lincoln Memorial and restore the Memorial as a sign of freedom, despite the fact that it would undoubtedly attract unwanted attention.
Hannibal requests that the player scout the Lincoln Memorial to see if it is still occupied by Super Mutants. Hannibal will also ask the player to assist ex-slave Caleb Smith. Caleb is a stone mason and will ask the player to obtain a picture of the Lincoln Memorial in the Museum of American History, so he will have reference materials to help him restore the Lincoln Memorial.
The Lincoln Memorial Poster is at the Museum of History on the wall above a desk in the Museum Offices area, right across the staircase to the topmost level. The poster will not be there until the player talks with Caleb (even if the player has already been through the museum).
After scouting the Lincoln Memorial, the player is required (as an objective) to clear the Memorial of all enemies, specifically the slavers currently occupying the Memorial. If the player enters the Memorial, the slavers will immediately become hostile and shoot the player, regardless of whether the player has the "Head of State" quest. Once the Memorial has been cleared of all slavers, the player can return to the Temple of the Union.
Alternatively, if you have been to Old Olney and you have a high enough speech stat, the player can tell the slavers that the slaves are hiding out at Old Olney. Telling the slavers about the slaves near Old Olney does not lead the slavers into a nasty Deathclaw trap. In fact, it's telling the slavers that the slaves are at the Union Temple (the evil path).
The first time the player talks to Leroy Walker, he will ask the player to find items related to Lincoln. The second time the player talks to Walker or after the player trades the first Lincoln item, Walker will ask the player to locate Hannibal Hamlin. If the player sells out the location of Hannibal, Walker will tell the player that they will be waiting for the player's help there. Walker and his slavers will then leave the Lincoln Memorial.
Once you tell the slavers where the Temple is, a battle occurs there if the player has not completed Caleb's section of the quest (retrieving the poster). In this case the slavers will leave the memorial and run to the Temple. It helps to fast-travel and do other things in the meantime as it can take them over one in-game day to get there. Several slavers will also appear sneaking outside the Temple immediately after its location is revealed, but most of them will likely be killed by random encounters before Leroy arrives.
You can also double-cross the slavers by killing them after selling out the slaves. Once the slavers are dead, you can continue on the original quest, helping the slaves.
When the player reports back to Hannibal Hamlin that there are no Super Mutants in the Lincoln Memorial, Hannibal will gather up the runaway slaves and head for the memorial. He will tell the player to wait an hour and they will be ready. The player can then fast travel to the Mall Northwest Metro Station, where Hannibal will eventually arrive. If the player fast travels to the memorial without waiting for one hour, Hannibal and the runaway slaves will not arrive until you fast travel back and trigger their departure. Another method is for the player to tell Hannibal that Caleb is ready, then fast travel to the Mall Northwest Metro station and wait a full 24 hours for Hannibal to arrive.
If the player has a high enough Strength, the player can warn Hannibal Hamlin about the slavers. Hannibal will then tell the player to clear them out of the memorial.
If you escort the group, you can, along the way, tell Hannibal to "Wait here, while I scout ahead." He will wait for 6 game hours and then continue on his journey, with or without you. When you've cleared a path for them, you can tell Hannibal "It's safe now." and they will resume the trek.
The in-game quest text says your objective is to meet Hannibal at the memorial. This is wrong. When you select the quest and view the world map, your Pip-Boy will show that you need to meet Hannibal at the Mall Northwest Metro Station.
In the event that the slavers still occupy the Lincoln Memorial when Hannibal Hamlin and the runaway slaves arrive, they will ask the player to help them kill the slavers. If the player does not tell Hannibal to wait while you check it out, then Hannibal will lead the runaway slaves in an assault on the Lincoln Memorial. Hannibal is usually killed, which will terminate the quest. However, if the player tells Hannibal he/she will "investigate" the Memorial, Hannibal will wait. This method will allow the player to go into the Memorial and kill the slavers occupying the Memorial. Then, when the player reports back to Hannibal, there will be no one to kill Hannibal when he leads the charge and the player can complete the quest
The eight Lincoln artifacts can be sold either to Hannibal Hamlin, Leroy Walker or Abraham Washington.
Selling at least one artifact to Leroy Walker will grant you access to the memorial without being shot. Just ask him if you can peek around the memorial.
Since many bugs have been reported for this quest (see discussion page), save often.
Due to bugs being commonly reported on this quest (involving Hannibal Hamlin's final speech should the player help him), here is a step-by-step walkthrough to ensure the player does not experience any issues:
If you follow the guide above and it still doesn't work, try swapping steps 7 and 8.
Sometimes when you complete the quest the slaves will just stand outside of the memorial wandering and not doing anything. To fix this issue simply enter the Memorial Maintenance Room (Where you met Leroy) and then exit. The slaves should have set up tents and the memorial should be fixed. (If it doesn't work try waiting 24 hours inside the maintenance room)
When entering and exiting the Temple of The Union, close the gate door behind you. This will prevent either men or any slave from leaving and getting killed by either tradiors, radscorpions, ect in the wasteland
If you need to resurrect or bring any of the slavers to yourself using the console, use this list of IDs:
If you need to resurrect or bring any of the slaves to yourself using the console, use this list of IDs:
Head of State was a title used to describe the formal leader of an independent government. Examples of head of state included: