From The Vault:
The timeline is one of the oldest released Fallout design documents, written by Scott Campbell. It was released on October 6, 2007 at The Vault, as part of Fallout’s 10th anniversary celebration. You can also download the timeline as a PDF file.
If you are interested in the changes that took place later, or in some Fallout/Vault13 speculation like me this is a must read, one example:
- It is not known which country pressed the button first. On October 23, 2077, dozens of 20 kiloton warheads are on their way to their US targets.
- The Shelter Drill sirens begin to wail. Many US citizens ignore the warning believing it to be just another false alarm. The few that heed, are sealed within their sheltering vaults.
- The Americans, unable to stop all the incoming missiles with satellite defenses, launch a counterstrike at the offending country. Other countries, seeing the US’s missiles on their way, fire their warheads as well. What ensues is two hours of nuclear bombardment upon the earth’s surface.
- The effects are far worse than most imagined. The earth’s faults shift violently. California is ripped from the mainland. Mountain ranges thrust themselves through the soil. Whole lands are submerged under floods of water.
- A week after the initial blast, a black rain begins to fall. Plants and animals both go rapidly into extinction.
- But, it is the unexpected that has the greatest effect upon the world. The military base where experiments on the FEV-1 were underway was all but obliterated. But the canisters holding the virus were still within, and they lie cracked and spilling their contents into the air.
- As the virus is swept up upon the nuclear winds, the radiation causes the virus to thrive and multiply. Within a month, the virus is in every non sealed water supply around the world.
- The secret military base housing FEV-2 remains intact. The base itself doubles as a Vault, and the Soldiers and Scientists sealed inside go about their pre-apocalypse duties.
This was released as part of the Fallout 10th Anniversary celebrations, as usual great work Ausir.