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NCR history patch 1.0 [fo2, season 3]
« on: January 15, 2020, 17:04 »
NCR history patch
version: 1.0


Author’s opening word:
This is a history report on major happenings that affected NCR entity. Some of the documents are missing, so exact dates of happenings couldn't be found. This history report is chronologically as accurate as possible. NCR history information is backed by Fo2 forum, NCR subsection, NCR supporters, current and former relevant members.
Happenings in and around NCR are recorded up to date of:
28.2.2278 (15.1.2020.)

Author: Knight Shift

Special thanks to persons who contributed with history facts:
Richard Harrison
Lucek
Weasel
Midnight Riders faction
Nero
Hero of Mumble



NCR history; Prologue:
- Starting the new era
By changing the government, and voting the president out of Aradesh family, NCR tried to stay more or less on the same course and keep on focusing on current most important matters, such as the protection of civilians, caravan and trade routes and less on overextension and exploiting available resources. That was recognized by peaceful minded entities and groups, who started to gravitate to NCR cause. Most notable group that was loyal to NCR from the begging, no matter of government set up, is a Midnight Riders MC.
But in general, NCR has changed for worse. Corrupted presidents, governments in exile, framed elections, stolen votes, missing tax money, corruption in army ranks, both regular and Rangers which showed inability to protect its own capital. And with threats from outside included, safety of everyday life deteriorated. That resulted with often raids, mostly successful, which only drove NCR society to the big security and economy crisis.

NCR history; Chapter I
- Capital security
While NCR government signed a contract with an FLC bank company and vouched to its citizens that their taxes will be secured and invested into town's prosperity, that was not the case. It was not a rarity to see outlaw groups attacking the town while a tax transaction was in progress and stealing the caps from NCR possession. As that became only bigger issue, after Enclave breached the gates and their supporters stole the valuables, the government decided to break the contract with FLC. It was decided that government will fully control their tax income without a third party involved. From that time taxes are paid directly from citizens to government clerks. Citizens greatly approved this as it turned out that it was a good security measure. Raids on town happens more rare from that time.
Many claimed that Shady Sands is not secured place. And many speak the truth. Numerous outlaw groups tried to take what NCR society has built. The town became a "Promised Land" for thieves, outlaws and murderers for a long period. In the first days of the post-Aradesh era, Shady Sands was poorly defended. Deteriorated weapons and poor training of NCR troops was a common thing, and that was exploited by raider elements.
No matter that thought was that president's life is secured and safe, the facts are showing just the opposite.
Many presidents were on edge of fleeing the republic's borders because pressure they couldn't handle. And many did so.
NCR could take the two roads. Leave its capital to anarchy or strengthen government authority. Good thing, or bad thing for some, is that NCR society was more interested in progress than abandoning their ancestor's vision so they took the second road.
Experienced veterans of NCR army and notable citizens took control in their hands. At that point future of NCR started to change to the better.
Plans and promises of the all governments was to improve their security by investing in pre-war technology. Having possession and knowledge about technology from their predecessors from Vault 15, NCR scientists implemented some of the finest security measures in the Wastes. By connecting to the NCR computer network NCR officers have available names of outlaws listed on their screen. Popularly called "blacklist" is an electronic note in the NCR main computer connected with soldier Pip-Boys. At any time a soldier on duty can check the "blacklist" and react with interest with republics laws. To this day, list of unwanted elements on Shady Sands premises is regulated with an approval of the president.
Soldier's equipment has improved. From the time when army officers were equipping the town guards, to the current era, when town guards are equipped with the highest tier of gear with the approval of town guard general Betlehem. To secure these measures, the government invested tax caps and signed contracts with various suppliers. While it is unknown who are suppliers, it is known that they have a very shady background.
But NCR is trying to be independent in this sector as well. Under the leadership of president Knight Shift and on the initiative of an officer Richard Harrison, NCR formed the MRI - Mariposa Research Institute, where NCR scientists are working on production of high tech equipment. As part of the MRI, NCR Industries are producing most of the high tier equipment for the elite units of NCR Rangers. MRI is not only focused on weapon production, the Institute has several branches. Reverse engineering and study of pre-war relics is just some of the researches in its focus.
Location of the Institute is classified.



(NCR history patch 1.0 will be published in chapters every several days. Stay tuned for next chapter: "Democracy in action, elections, presidents and approved dictatorships" where you will find all about NCR presidents and their political activity)
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Re: NCR history patch 1.0 [fo2, season 3]
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2020, 14:16 »
NCR history; Chapter II (1/6)
- Democracy in action, elections, presidents and approved dictatorships
Democracy in NCR, as in any other society in the past, is a very fragile term. By constitution, government was divided on president as a head of NCR governing bodies, including army; army officers, both regular and Rangers, along with civilian representatives. This constitutional act was to guarantee the prosperity of the republic, but it did just the opposite. Corruption and subversive activity from outside, but from inside of the society too, was  tearing potentially prosperous republic apart. NCR have election system. Candidates are to get public support, present their program and leave citizens to do their civic duty. Simple. Unless it is NCR. Some elections were framed and some candidates came to the office without the will of citizens, enforcing their own point interests on expense of the society, doing just the opposite of their vows.
Sounds like a good old pre-war world.

History will remember some more and some less successful presidents and governments.

- Notable presidents and their political history

Vaultloner - First elected president of post-Aradesh era. He got the most votes among other candidates, Iziar Schlesser , Marius, Shekelberg and Glumer. Like a stereotypical politician he made promises that he didn't fulfill. He abandoned office just few weeks after he settled, leaving NCR to the new elections which Glumer won. There is no other notable recorded information. No surprise.
History will show that NCR presidents will develop a common note of leaving their office shorty after inauguration.

(Chapter II will be published in parts. Every part will contain background of each president in chronological order.)
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Re: NCR history patch 1.0 [fo2, season 3]
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2020, 15:47 »
NCR history; Chapter II (2/6)

Glumer - infected with a FEV, this mutant tried to resurrect NCR army and lead the society to glory with weapons and overexpansion in two terms. Most surprising for some was that he was voted to the chair by the humans. In this terms Shady Sands was full of life, but with unclear town regulations, which was often bringing confusion among visitors and citizens. Army ranks were full of raider elements and wastelanders without proper training seeking for a quick pay. No matter of the abundance of the army, ranks could not hide diversity in opinions and problems that came with it. He will be remembered as the president who was in the chair when civil war in Shady Sands started. Because of disagreements in army ranks, NCR army and NCR Rangers led the war on Shady Sands premises where many soldiers, but citizens and civilians, lost their lives. Because of named reasons popularity of the government started to drop rapidly.
In the big confusion that was present in army ranks, security of president itself wasn't be on high level. That opportunity was taken by mercenary groups interested in quick and fast reward and kidnapped the NCR president. Rumors are saying that it was a false flag operation organized by NCR generals and president, trying to raise the popularity of military-minded government.
No matter of rumors, the guilty party was found. The mercenary group Talon Company took the blame for that kidnap. For sure, it wasn't too hard for these mercenaries to organize such complex action as they were often paid by Glumer's government for protection services of Shady Sands during period of tax transactions. They had information both on president's security and republic's treasury.
At that point both NCR army and NCR Rangers organized, probably good as never before, and went through swift action of rescuing. NCR secret services found the location where president was held for ransom. The result was clear. Glumer was rescued.
Before his term ended he abandoned his position and retreated from public life. After some time he appeared in the Junktown where he tried to lead JTS guard. With Junktown entity and the NCR alliance he tried to spread his agenda over the Wastes. But he retired from the JTS position without making a bigger impact. In between he tried to gather his old group Hawks. Last reports are saying that he tried to find his happiness by going further south, to the Boneyard, where he is leading a group called The Regulators.
The group is considered as an outlaw group by the current NCR government as they were conducting terroristic actions on the premises of Shady Sands.
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Re: NCR history patch 1.0 [fo2, season 3]
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2020, 14:24 »
NCR history; Chapter II (3/6)

Hubert - coming from the officer ranks, he showed again that NCR society is not full of prejudices towards mutants. Maybe because they get used to one, as Hubert was second mutant president in a row. He inherited office from Glumer without elections, by the support of the army officers. He was committed to his role, but against any progress. Known as a "Regent of NCR" his primary focus was security of Shady Sands. NCR had no alliances during that period. Hubert's presence wasn't really visible. Shady Sands guards were poorly trained, so the city was constantly the target of thieves, murderers and other unsavory kinds. What is popularly called "Hub coup" among NCR citizens happened in this period. "Hub coup" is a name for subversive activity of noncitizens who are trying to overthrow NCR government by protesting in Shady Sands both peacefully, by yelling their catchphrases, and by force, trying to cause panic by terrorist activity.
As he started to lose support of citizens, he started to lose support among army ranks as well, the same persons that installed him to position.
After a while as Regent, and seeing growing support for a new election, Hubert and all the important citizens decided to found the city council. They held a private vote for the election of a new president. Candidate Cleg was elected with almost 100% of the votes. Hubert handed him the keys to the office and took off for a long overdue vacation.
After coming back from vacation he took back role of an officer in NCR army where he is still serving as one.

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Re: NCR history patch 1.0 [fo2, season 3]
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2020, 15:32 »
NCR history; Chapter II (4/6)

Cleg - He became a president after the inner NCR council vote, mainly supported by NCR Ranger head general. Inauguration was followed by affairs of framed elections. Citizens were accusing NCR council for stolen votes on the expense of MRMC candidate Blackbeard. Nobody was willing to investigate those accusations, it all calmed down in a very short period and Cleg was safe in his office.
Some people of NCR can still remember his published logs. His idealism brought him to streets of Shady Sands where he was greeting every visitor and citizen personally. By that he tried to prove to civilians that Shady Sands is friendly and safe town. But, NCR army was practically non existent. A small number of NCRA patrols that stayed in ranks were without clear orders. Often NCRA town patrols were victims of suicide bombers. That caused panic among members and they became trigger happy. Because of that there was no rare sight to see town patrols shooting innocent travelers just because they looked suspicious. The town became all the opposite of what the government was trying to achieve. Without real army leadership and ability to protect its citizens Cleg's attempts resulted in failure. He abandoned his position without a word and from that time his fate is unknown.
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« Reply #5 on: Today at 15:13 »
NCR history; Chapter II (5/6)

Lucek - Before the last and most interesting public elections NCR was abandoned by its leadership for a long time but everything was about to change.
Lucek, that time known as Treasure Hunters leader, won the elections by getting the great majority of the votes thanks to support from own faction, but also Midnight riders, remnants of JTS and NCR and many other wastelanders looking for change.
Lucek's victory was decisive. While his opponents, Chocola and Richard Harrison got from 0-2 votes, Lucek won it with over 40.
Rumors were saying that Lucek won the elections after Ranger general framed it by selling citizenships, and by that votes, that was later used in Lucek's favor, but there is no confirmation in facts. Further conflict between the president and Rangers general may suggest that rumors were part of some dirty political games.
The promised reforms started with him and something changed for the better in a very short period. After continuously fails of the republic, he was greatly accepted by the people.
It started with reforming NCR army by removing the dead wood from army ranks, implementing chain of command and code of conduct, then expanding ranks what was probably most fruitful step as many of new soldiers proved as steadfastly loyal to the Republic and led it to success long after Lucek's resignation.
As the main success of the presidency may be taken fact that Shady Sands laws were recreated from scratch also what's important were executed what resulted in ending a long period of bandits domination on the streets of the capital. Lucek's anti-crime policy was harsh, but resulted, in fact that town was visited often by various travelers and general NCR reputation was improved.
Aside internal reforms Lucek since day one of presidency restarted military activity outside of the capital, which was later continued on a regular basis, with indisputable heroism, but with varying luck due to insufficient command skills of the president leading army itself. Lack of experience among soldiers and loose cooperation with allies didn't help.
On the diplomatic field Luceks had also varying luck what may be perfectly described by his own words "Diplomacy is shit". His a bit isolationist vision of NCR and lack of pragmatism wasn't helpful in creating and maintaining wide alliances and became impactable power, but fair to say that during his presidency allies support in defending the capital was noticeable like never before. As additional diplomatic success worth mention initiation of unification Junktown and NCR.
Government tranquility did not last forever. Seven months of presidency, compared rarely long if to previous unstable governments, but was also long enough to turn unsolved problems into a real disaster. Disagreement between army generals and civilian representatives, the president, started to bring instability. For the sure Luceks authoritarian style of the ruling and the lack of military competences wasn't helpful in this case. Insurmountable obstacles resulted with head army officers resigning the ranks.
Lucek despite the still high overall popularity and support of part of NCR officials decided to leave his position to his general, naming Knight Shift (in that period officer in resignation, then formally nominated as Vice President) as an acting president until the next elections. By coincidence or not, practically at the same time, Lucek was infected with FEV but details of this event are unclear to this day.
His final decision was to leave the republic's borders and settle not far north from NCR, in Broken Hills, where once again supported by his old companions from Treasure Hunters and some former NCR soldiers formed the political and army role as a leader of Unity of Broken Hills. He lives there as mutant to this day, keeping the alliance with the NCR.
Because of sudden termination of his presidency part of reforms were not implemented, some mess left after him, also many citizens are angry to this day because of wasting resources on building useless rocketball arena, but fair to say that all what he did was incomparable to previous governments and for sure enough to pull out NCR from age of chaos and prepare a decent base for modern Republic.
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