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Fallout

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

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Hoover Dam

map marker: Hoover Dam
sections: Rim
Hoover Dam Downtown
Baseline
Skum Pits
Sub-Level 1C
leaders: Governor Joseph Dodge
doctors: Yuri Polivich
merchants: Crimson Caravan
3-Some Caravan
Frieda Van Graff · Milko
factions: New California Republic

Map of Hoover Dam
The following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

The town of Hoover Dam is a town built along the top and sides of the dam. At the bottom of the dam there's a slummy area, and the dam's rim is home to all the rich folk and military.

The Dam became part of the New California Republic some time after 2242. The town has lost contact with the central government of the NCR in Shady Sands, and Governor Joseph Dodge, the leader of Hoover Dam assumed that it was destroyed. He's determined to hold the NCR together, and declared himself the president of NCR (or what is left of it). Unfortunately, Dodge is a weak leader, and he fights an ongoing war with the Brotherhood of Steel.

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History

Dodge's expedition

Since tensions were high with the Brotherhood of Steel, NCR did not want to send out their finest commanders in search of eastern lands to pioneer. So, more "expendable" commanders were chosen to lead caravans eastward to establish footholds and develop towns under the NCR banner. One of those "lucky" commanders chosen to volunteer for this dangerous mission was Councilman Joseph Dodge. At first, he tried to sidestep the "honor," but when he was told that refusing this mission would be considered an act of treason, he humbly accepted.

Luckily for Dodge, he was not sent out to blindly search for random towns to conquer, or rather, "unite" under NCR. He was given vague directions to Hoover Dam as his destination and à cause d' être. In the days before the war, Hoover Dam was a source of great power, literally, and NCR wanted to have control of that power. The technology used at Hoover Dam could rival, if not surpass, anything the Brotherhood of Steel had, and that was a temptation NCR did not want to refute, especially during the growing tensions between the two organizations.

Arrival

Once Dodge's caravans and troops arrived at Hoover Dam, they found scattered packs of settlers barely eking out an existence on and around the great structure. Frequented by attacks from hostile raiders, it took little convincing on Dodge's part that it would be in the settlers' best interests that he and his NCR troops provide protection and an organized structure to the Hoover Dam region, with Hoover Dam itself being the central hub. With exuberant cooperation from the Hoover settlers, structures and fortifications were set up along the dam's rim. With each completed structure, the settlers of Hoover Dam felt more secure and safe, especially after Dodge's men made short work of attacking raiders in the early years. Everyone started to feel as if they had a purpose in the Hoover Dam community, and the Dam started to separate into a class system, with government and high-end business people occupying the area known as the Rim, and the working class, such as construction workers and farmers, occupying the area known as Downtown. Naturally, Dodge and his NCR troops stayed in the Rim, where Councilman Dodge became known as Governor Dodge by the people of Hoover Dam, and was regarded as a fair, honest leader who brought the settlers of Hoover Dam into a time of enlightenment and self worth. The only real trouble came when a group known as Caesar's Legion tried to invade Hoover Dam. The fighting was fierce, and Governor Dodge still to this day does not understand the motive for the attack, but suffice it to say that Dodge, the NCR troops, and the formidable wall with high powered gun turrets thwarted Caesar's invasion plans. However, the battles did take their toll and made the east side of the Rim wrecked and uninhabitable. In fact, there is so much debris at the center of the rim; it actually blocks passage to the east side. However, thanks to the big victory over Caesar's Legions, it was obvious that both the Rim and Downtown were well taken care of and protected, that is until the war between NCR and the Brotherhood of Steel began.

NCR-BOS war

The first few attacks by the BOS were easily deflected thanks to the strong, iron gates along the rim and the accompanying high-powered turrets. However, over the course of several months, supply runs that used to come regularly from the NCR base in the West started to become less frequent. Several times it got to the point where Dodge thought his men would run out of ammunition for their guns and turrets, leaving them exposed and helpless to the BOS' superior firepower. Dodge knew that he needed to find an alternative source of weaponry if Hoover Dam was to survive against the BOS.

One of Hoover Dam's caravan groups rose to the occasion. The Crimson Caravan, a caravan group who originated out of NCR itself and helped to establish the great community of Hoover Dam along with Dodge, set out to find an alternative to NCR supply runs. Dodge was more than happy to let Ailis McLafferty, the Crimson Caravan's leader, take the reigns of acquiring a new source of weapons and supplies. However, this contract with the Crimson Caravan did not sit well with their rival, the 3-Some Caravan. But that did not concern Dodge. He never really trusted the 3-Some Caravan company, especially since it was run by former NCR prisoners (incarcerated at one time for petty theft), and therefore did not want them involved in finding a weapon and ammo source outside of the NCR home base supply runs.

It was almost six months later, and Dodge and his men were in dire straights, but the Crimson Caravan came through. Just as Dodge's men were about to fire off the last of their ammo, Ailis McLafferty came through the main gates with a truckload of finely crafted firearms and ammunition. Ailis told dodge she got a great trading deal with a far away tribal community dedicated to mechanical technologies, but would not elaborate as to where, exactly, the tribe was and would not go into detail on what they were like. This was fine with Dodge since with the new weapons and ammunition, he and his men could fend off future attacks by the BOS. This tickled Dodge even more since he got the impression that the BOS were starting to feel the pinch of extended battle and could not afford frequent attacks with depleted ammunition and supplies – a theory of Dodge's was that the BOS was starting to suffer the same fate as the NCR with few, if not all-together stopped, supply runs from BOS headquarters. Perhaps Dodge and his men would take the offensive one day and overtake the crippled BOS, he thought to himself.

Unfortunately for Dodge, the BOS seemed to have a new lease on the war, and resumed assaults on Hoover Dam's gates. It was if as soon as the Crimson Caravan returned with weapons and ammo for his troops, the BOS got re-supplied as well. Perhaps the war was going better for the BOS than Dodge had thought? He did not know. What he did know, however, was that the battle between the two organizations was going to turn into a war of attrition, with no clear winner and no advancement on either side. He may have been a mere councilman when he was at NCR, but he was smart enough to recognize futility.

Cut from the NCR

Over the course of several years, contact with the NCR disappeared completely. The supply train that would make infrequent visits to fund the war effort ceased. Dodge began to rely more and more on what the two internal caravan companies could bring in, and realized even more that in order to maintain good trading relations with the outlaying communities, internal resources must be found and mined. For a few years after NCR stopped their shipments, Dodge used a construction site that was along the center of the Rim to gather building materials not only to build structures in Hoover Dam, but also use as trade materials. The construction site offered plenty of rebar, stone, hardened wood, and steel beams. The demand for such materials was high, so trading these resources became profitable for both the Crimson Caravan and the 3-Some Caravan companies. However, over time it became apparent that the area around the construction site was becoming weak and unstable, and any further cannibalizing of the materials there might lead to the destruction of the dam itself. Dodge ordered all access to the construction site off-limits under penalty of death.

Otto's discovery

Dodge and his community once again were in dire straights. The Crimson Caravan's mysterious trading source would not deal with them if they had nothing of value to trade. Dodge needed to think of something, and quickly. Luck was on Dodge's side one day when a resident ghoul, named Otto Steed, came to him and revealed something very interesting. Otto Steed, as it turned out, was in charge of the water purification system in the Downtown area. The water that got purified was not quite drinkable, but was suitable for agriculture. The interesting part is that the byproducts of the filtration process turned out to be potassium nitrate and sulfur – two of the primary components of black powder. Another byproduct is nitric acid, one of the ingredients to gunpowder, though not quite in the quantities of the other two. These chemicals would be very valuable to a community that had access to coal, and as luck would have it, the community that the Crimson Caravan dealt with for ammo and weapons had its own coal source, but not a reliable potassium nitrate and sulfur source. Trade with the ammo and weapons supplier once again resumed, and the Crimson Caravan was flying high as top-dog with Governor Dodge.

With the weapons and ammo problem pretty much solved, Governor Dodge had another, possibly even bigger problem to contend with – battle fatigue. Even though attacks from the BOS were not as frequent as they were during the onset, the constant state of alert was wearing thin on the troops and the citizenry. Several soldiers and some of the citizens abandoned Hoover Dam in the hopes of finding a community not buried in the throes of a war of attrition. Among those who stayed, there was a longing for escape either through natural or chemical means. Apathy almost become the watchword, and resulted in many key systems starting to malfunction or shut down altogether. Otto, who has a knack for those things mechanical, tried to keep up with everything, but the breakdowns were becoming too much for Otto to handle alone. Governor Dodge knew he must find a way to stop the war once and for all, or Hoover Dam was doomed – if not by being overrun by the BOS, then by entropy and abandonment.

All the while, the Crimson Caravan Company flourished and seemed very happy the way things were.

Appearances

The Hoover Dam did not appear nor was mentioned in any of the published games, but was one of the main locations in the canceled Fallout 3 project by Black Isle codenamed Van Buren. It is not certain if it will appear in any future Fallout game, but because Hoover Dam is near Las Vegas, there is a possibility that it may appear in the upcoming game Fallout: New Vegas.

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Hoover Dam
Van Buren (Black Isle's cancelled Fallout 3)

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Transformers

Up to date as of February 05, 2010

From Teletraan I: The Transformers Wiki

Sector Seven's budget isn't bloated, it's just retaining water.

The Hoover Dam is a large dam located in the United States of America, right on the Colorado River.

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Generation One

Marvel Comics continuity

Bombshell used a cerebro-shell to force hydroelectric engineer Ricky Vasquez to bring Megatron into the energy plant at Hoover Dam, as part of the Decepticons' plan to steal the plant's energy and transport it to Cybertron via the space bridge. In response, Optimus Prime sent the newly built Aerialbots to hinder the Decepticons. Ricky Vasquez eventually regained control of his body and fired Megatron at the space bridge, saving the plant. Aerialbots over America!

Movie

Transformers 2007 film

Hoover Dam has always been a dam intended to provide power. It was not the secret base of Sector Seven, because Sector Seven does not exist. At no point in time did it hold any robotic lifeforms or alien technology. There is nothing to see! These aren't the droids you're looking for. You may go about your business. Move along.

Transformers: Autobots/Decepticons

Hoover dam does not play more of a vital role in this portion of the Movie continuity. It has never held any lifeforms at all, and especially not a giant robot cube! You must be joking!

Transformers: Autobots

Hoover Dam plays a vital role in this game, even though it is visited only once. Six missions take place in this region of the game.

In In Through the Back Door, Jazz must locate a radio tower without being noticed by S7. This means no transforming, no shooting, and no hitting guard troops! Then, after climbing the tower, he must avoid S7 once more while locating the Military Hangar. While there, he must destroy S7 drones.

In Prison Break, Create-A-Bot must destroy six satellites, then destroy eight gun turrets, then make your way to the S7 control room and free Bumblebee.

In The Heist, Bumblebee must destroy three Decepticons without shooting (you can't shoot), then find and collect his weapon chip, then retrieve the Allspark, then escape from the dam.

In Clearing the Road, Optimus Prime must guard Bumblebee while destroying S7 roadblocks. Then, he must defeat Barricade and a very familiar friend.

In Bombing Run, Ironhide must throw six bombs into the water while fending off two Decepticon drones. Above all, he must accomplish this in less than three minutes.

In Interference, Optimus Prime must defeat Brawl, who I suspect took the place of Bonecrusher. He hates that. In order to defeat Brawl, just run around him while shooting, then pick up and smash tanks on top of him. Raar.

Transformers: Decepticons

Again, six missions take prominence in Hoover Dam. Most of them involve Megatron in some way or another.

In Communication Breakdown, Brawl must destroy three satellite dishes, then place four bombs along the Dam. However, before he can place the fourth, an Autobot takes it. Brawl must kill the Autobot. Finally, he must bring a tank back to the specified spot.

In Cover Your Six, Barricade must destroy a human camp, then defeat two Autobots who have come to stop him. At the end, he calls Blackout to help him.

In Tag Team, Blackout must find Barricade and carry him over the dammed lake, then destroy a tower, then drop Barricade in. Now Barricade must find out where Megatron is.

In Megatron's Return, Create-A-Bot must protect Megatron from being destroyed by S7 and Autobots while being thawed out. Oy.

In Get the Chip, Blackout must retrieve Megatron's weapon chip from a bunch of convoys without letting any of them escape. Wow, tough.

In Ambush, Megatron must destroy turrets, then kill off Jazz. Easy enough, hey?

Titan Magazine

In an alternate timeline, Megatron uses the former Sector Seven base as a prison for Optimus Prime - who he has frozen, for he is petty. A tunnel link to the dam can be accessed in Denver. Transformers Comic issue 9

Trivia

In real life, an early name for Hoover Dam was Boulder Dam. In Transformers fiction, Boulder Dam is an alternate name for Sherman Dam.

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