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The Oregon Brushfire Wars are a series of conflicts in Oregon beginning in 2265 involving the encroachment of the New California Republic into Cascadia, invoking reactions from a myriad of different groups, some pro-NCR, others not so much.

Origins and Previous Conflicts (2248-2265)

Background (2248-2259)

"Oregon? It's full of cannibals, rapists, and murderers. Too bad it looks so goddamn beautiful."
―A member of Crimson Caravan when asked about Oregon

The origins of the Oregon Brushfire Wars lie with the developing relations between the Core Region and Cascadia in the 2200s. The bridge between the regions started with the burgeoning gecko trapping industry. Towns supported by this emerging industry included Klamath Falls, Siskiyou, and Fremont. The Gecko hides taken from the north in Cascadia were traded for goods from the south.

These trapper towns on the border of the Core Region and Cascadia grew slowly in the early 2200's but took off later with the arrival of two entities: the New California Republic and the Crimson Caravan. Emissaries of New California Republic first came to region in the 2240's after their victory over the Enclave and slavers, offering stability and wealth. Many of the trapper towns joined the NCR as a result, bringing not just NCR taxes and NCR troopers but also NCR settlers, wanting to brave the Oregon frontier. These settlers mostly formed their own isolated homesteads but some of them were instrumental in the founding of Fort Eugene.

The Crimson Caravan quickly followed the NCR north. Existed outsposts such as Gecko Falls grew to accompidate growing traffic. Crimson Caravan forged further north ahead of the NCR's expansion to search for new trade, facilitating the creation of settlements such as Morden and Fort Eugene. This brought the caravan into conflict with the local Oregon tribals numerous times, but that did not affect their bottom line. The gecko trapping industry flourished, and the region's civilized inhabitants prospered from the trade. Fort Eugene, established by an alliance of NCR settlers and Cascadian caravaners in 2248, especially benefited from trade in the region as NCR money flooded north.

Crimson Caravan did not just want to rely on trapping though. Seeing Cascadia's potential as a resource rich region, they also began to introduce large scale prosepecting in Oregon as well as creating a foundling lumber industry.

NCR prospectors also streamed north, looking for new scrap, technology, or treasure to loot from Cascadia's ruins. These NCR prospectors would displace local prospectors and scavengers while also pissing off the Oregon tribals as well. They mostly focused on looting ruins in Portland and Salem, burrowing to search for buried treasure.

These little pet projects of the Crimson Caravan were outside of the NCR's sphere of influence in their early days, and the caravan acted with impunity, cutting down entire forests and cleaning out ruins, abandoned or not. This often provoked negative reactions from the local Oregon tribals. The NCR, occupied with fighting the Brotherhood of Steel at that time, could have cared less what the caravan did, and the caravan cared little to none about the feelings of the tribals.

The prospecting was what eventually triggered the first of the NCR's many wars with the Oregon tribals of Cascadia. The Oregon tribals, always seen as pests by the civilized folk of Cascadia for their cannibalism and primitive ways, were becoming further agitated in the 2250s by the recent arrival of not just the NCR but also Badlanders and the Sons of Liberty from the north. So when in 2259 they caught wind that their goddess Caryn's shrine in the ruins of Myrtle Creek had been looted by NCR prospectors, the tribals of northern Oregon were fed up and readied themselves for retribution. Led by the slightly mutated Chief Big Head, the Oregon tribal army went south to protect their heritage.

Many of the other Oregon tribes in the south did not think this way, not wanting war with a powerful nation such as the NCR. Some tribes such as Chief Cardigan's even worked with the NCR to protect caravans and to alleviate conflict conflicts with other tribals. That could not stop the inevitable though and in 2259, the Ruins War began.

Ruins War (2259)

"Why are they so torn up about taking some scrap from a ruin?"
―NCR prospector wondering why the Oregon tribals are so upset
Ruins War
Ruins War
The "sacred" tribal ruins in Oregon claimed by NCR prospectors
Date 2259
Location Oregon & (northern) California
Result NCR Victory
  • NCR prospectors protected from Oregon tribals and secure salvaging rights in southern Oregon
  • Oregon tribals grow to distrust NCR
  • Non-NCR prospectors edged out
Combatants
NCR Flag New California Republic
Oregon Tribal Symbol Allied Oregon tribals
Oregon Tribal Symbol Oregon tribals
Commanders
NCR Flag Colonel Brutus Westin
NCR Flag Colonel Vernon Putz ✝
Oregon Tribal Symbol Chief Cardigan
Oregon Tribal Symbol Chief Big Head ✝
Oregon Tribal Symbol Chief Kill-a-Ton
The Free Man
Strength
NCR Flag New California Republic

Oregon Tribal Symbol Alled Oregon tribals

  • Oregon tribal warriors
Oregon Tribal Symbol

Oregon tribals

  • Oregon tribal warriors
Casualties
Light NCR losses, moderate allied Oregon tribal losses, light damage to frontier NCR settlements and allied tribal villages Moderate Oregon tribal losses, heavy civilian casualties, heavy damage to several tribal villages

The Ruins War was the first war in the ongoing NCR-Oregon tribal conflict that started as many wars do, cultural misunderstandings. For the violation of their sacred ruins, Oregon tribals marched south to kill prospectors and any NCR they found.

The war began rather conservatively compared to the future wars in Oregon, with an ambush. Knowing of the approach of the tribal army from the north, Chief Cardigan warned the NCR of the attack and set a trap for the army's scouts near Myrtle Creek.

The trap was quickly discovered by Chief Big Head, and he instead pulled Chief Cardigan into his own trap, encircling the enemy chief's forces. Cardigan's forces barely escaped the trap and were forced to retreat further south towards NCR territory.

Up to that point, the NCR had not been concerned about the Oregon tribals, seeing them as disorganized cannibals. They were cannibals but were by no means disorganized. After the Battle of Myrtle Creek however, the NCR began to take the threat of the Oregon tribals seriously. A small task force, led by Colonel Vernon Putz, was sent north to assist their tribal allies. Meeting up with Chief Cardigan and other local allies, the NCR task force made camp near Medford. Putz then assessed the situation. The tribal army was extremely flexible and could easily avoid roads or civilized settlements. He feared that NCR prospectors in the north and Fort Eugene could be in danger but focused on the problems at hand, the marauding tribal army.

Operation: RED TRAIL (2262)

"The Bear is past forgiveness."
―Chied Kill-a-Ton upon hearing about Operation: RED TRAIL
Operation RED TRAIL
Operation RED TRAIL
The side-effect of an early battle between Oregon tribals and Badlanders
Date 2262
Location Oregon
Result NCR Victory
  • "Problematic" Oregon tribals displaced from southern Oregon
  • Unoffical alliance between NCR and Twin Pines Pack solidified
  • Oregon tribals and many civilized residents of Cascadia completely turn against the NCR
Combatants
NCR Flag New California Republic


* Taskforce Nomad
* Special Operations and Reconnaissance Squadron
Badlanders Symbol Twin Pines Pack

Oregon Tribal Symbol Oregon tribals (12 tribes)
Commanders
NCR Flag General Brutus Westin
NCR Flag Captain Jakob Stern
Badlanders Symbol Poleaxe
Badlanders Symbol Juice-nux
Strength
NCR Flag New California Republic

Badlanders Symbol Twin Pines Pack

  • Badlanders
Oregon Tribal Symbol

Oregon tribals (12 tribes)

  • Oregon tribal warriors
Casualties
Light NCR losses, light Twin Pines Pack losses, Heavy Oregon tribal losses, heavy civilian casualties, devastating damage to many tribal villages

Operation: RED TRAIL was another war in the NCR-Oregon tribal conflict, though this time it was initiated by the NCR, seeing the tribals as obstructing their plans for Cascadia. This was what turned most of Cascadia against the NCR.

Oregon Brushfire Wars (2262-)

The Brushfire War (2262-2263)

"Come back! Please, don't leave us to die, please!"
Horus B. Gamble pleading with no one as Taskforce Nomad is left to die
The Brushfire War
The Brushfire War
Vertibird flying north to rescue encircled NCR units
Date 2262-2263
Location Oregon
Result Oregon Confederacy victory
  • NCR expansion brought to a halt by Oregon Confederacy
  • Taskforce Nomad lost and turned into Stern's Raiders
  • Twin Pines Pack and NCR relations sour temporarily
  • More groups in Cascadia prepare for war against the NCR
Combatants
NCR Flag New California Republic


* Taskforce Nomad
* Heavy Infantry
Badlanders Symbol Twin Pines Pack

Oregon Tribal Symbol Oregon Confederacy
Commanders
NCR Flag General Brutus Westin
NCR Flag Captain Jakob Stern
Badlanders Symbol Juice-nux ✝
Oregon Tribal Symbol Chief Kill-a-Ton
Strength
NCR Flag New California Republic

Badlanders Symbol Twin Pines Pack

  • Badlanders
Oregon Tribal Symbol

Oregon Confederacy

  • Oregon tribal warriors
Casualties
Heavy NCR losses, light Twin Pines Pack losses Moderate Oregon tribal losses, moderate civilian casualties, moderate damage to many tribal villages

The first war in the overall Oregon Brushfire Wars, the Brushfire War was an attempt by the NCR to repeat Operation: RED TRAIL that failed because of the actions of Chief Kill-a-Ton. This led to the creation of Stern's Raiders and the Northwestern Alliance.

The War of the Northwestern Alliance (2267-2270)

"Eat lead treehuggers!"
―Screwball Tripstorm during the Battle of Fort Eugene
The War of the Northwestern Alliance
The War of the Northwestern Alliance
A safe house for Stern's Raiders tucked away in the forests of Cascadia
Date 2267-2270
Location Oregon & California
Result Tactical NCR victory
  • The Northwestern Alliance is broken due to conflict between tribes and towns
  • Stern's Raiders is destroyed at the Battle of Black Peak
  • NCR intentionally halts expansion in southern Oregon, loses Fort Eugene, and lets FNA police the border
  • Columbia River secured as a bulwark to NCR expansion
  • Oregon Confederacy continues to actively fight
Combatants
NCR Flag New California Republic


* NCR Rangers
* Heavy Infantry
Badlanders Symbol Twin Pines Pack
Free Northwestern Army Free Northwestern Army
Flames Flames (after 2269)

Northwestern Alliance


* Stern's Raiders Stern's Raiders
* Oregon homesteaders
* Oregon Tribal Symbol Oregon Confederacy (before 2270)
* Sons of Liberty Flag Sons of Liberty
* The Unity Unity Remnants (before 2270)
* Flames Flames (before 2269)
* Free Army
King's Council (ally but not a member of the Northwestern Alliance)

Badlanders Symbol Badlander Renegades


Raider gangs
NCR deserters

Commanders
NCR Flag General Alexander Neil ✝ (before 2268)


NCR Flag General Brian Harmon (after 2268)
NCR Flag Colonel Dean Maui
NCR Flag Chief Elise
Badlanders Symbol Screwball Tripstorm
Free Northwestern Army General Randy Adams
Flames Flameskull (after 2269)

Stern's Raiders Captain Jakob Stern ✝


Oregon Tribal Symbol Chief Kill-a-Ton
Oregon Tribal Symbol Chief Eyeballs
Oregon Tribal Symbol Chief Tree Teeth ✝
Sons of Liberty Flag Commander Owen Curtis
Flames Flameskull (before 2269)
Pongo ✝

Badlanders Symbol Poleaxe
Strength
NCR Flag New California Republic

Badlanders Symbol Twin Pines Pack

  • Badlanders
  • Bikers

Free Northwestern Army Free Northwestern Army

  • FNA troopers
  • FNA militiamen

Flames Flames

  • Raiders
Stern's Raiders Stern's Raiders
  • NCR Ranger deserters
  • Oregon partisans


Oregon homesteaders

  • Oregon partisans

Oregon Tribal Symbol Oregon Confederacy

  • Oregon tribal warriors

Sons of Liberty Flag Sons of Liberty

  • Sons of Liberty militiamen


* The Unity Unity Remnants

  • Unity remnant super mutants


* Flames Flames

  • Raiders


Free Army

Badlanders Symbol

Badlander Renegades

  • Badlanders


Raider gangs

  • Raiders


NCR deserters

  • NCR troopers
Casualties
Moderate NCR losses, moderate Twin Pines Pack losses, heavy FNA losses, heavy Flames losses, moderate civilian casualties, Fort Eugene captured and destroyed, light damage to frontier settlements Heavy Stern's Raider losses, light Oregon homesteader losses, moderate Oregon tribal losses, light Sons of Liberty losses, heavy Unity remnant losses, light Flames losses, heavy Free Army losses, heavy civilian casualties, heavy damage to many homesteads, moderate damage to some tribal villages Heavy Badlander Renegade losses and camp destroyed, unknown raider losses, unknown NCR deserter losses

The War of the Northwestern Alliance was a war where the NCR fought with the newly created Northwestern Alliance, a coalition of settlers, tribals, and paramilitaries. It was the largest war Cascadia had ever seen and led to the rise of a new force to be reckoned with, the FNA.

After being abandoned in the conclusion of the Brushfire War, Stern's Raiders began riling up already existing discontent within Oregon and Cascadia at large.

The Purification War (2269)

"We lost more men to those volcano crazies in one week than the entire war with Stern. Incredible."
―General Oliver Lee recounting the Purification War
The Purification War
Hell's Gate
Hell's Gate, the base of the Purifiers and the site of the Purification War
Date 2269
Location Southern Oregon
Result Pyrrhic Purifiers Victory?
  • The Purifiers are practically wiped out
  • The NCR loses all of the infantry taking part in the assault on Hell's Gate
  • The Free Northwestern Army takes heavy casualties but grows in fame and numbers
  • The Flames moves north due to their base burning down
Combatants
NCR Flag New California Republic


Free Northwestern Army Free Northwestern Army
Badlanders Symbol Twin Pines Pack
Flames Flames

Purifiers Purifiers
Commanders
NCR Flag General Brian Harmon


Free Northwestern Army General Randy Adams
Flames Flameskull

Purifiers Abigal Doyle ✝
Strength
NCR Flag New California Republic

Free Northwestern Army Free Northwestern Army

  • FNA troopers
  • FNA militiamen

Badlanders Symbol Twin Pines Pack

  • Badlanders


*Flames Flames

  • Raiders
Purifiers Purifiers
  • Purifier cultists
  • Purifier robots
Casualties
Light NCR losses, heavy FNA losses, heavy Flames losses, heavy damage to many homesteads Heavy Purifiers losses, Hell's Gate is rendered uninhabitable

A relatively short period in the wider Oregon Brushfire Wars, the Purification War was still important as it helped further convince the NCR that direct involvement in Cascadia would only lead to more wasted blood.

The Smouldering War (2274-)

"Bring me more!"
―Chief Woman-Eater cannibalizing the residents of a destroyed FNA camp
The Smouldering War
The Smoldering War
A Free Northwestern Army camp on the Oregon-California border
Date 2274-
Location Oregon
Result Ongoing
  • Free Northwestern Army secures the NCR's northern border against incursions
  • Most Oregon homesteaders forced to choose between FNA and war
  • Oregon Confederacy continues to lose ground in southern Oregon
  • Badlanders are "gently" pushed out of southern Oregon due to tensions with FNA
Combatants
NCR Flag New California Republic

Free Northwestern Army Free Northwestern Army
Badlanders Symbol Twin Pines Pack

Oregon Tribal Symbol Oregon Confederacy Oregon homesteaders

Raider gangs

Commanders
NCR Flag General Brian Harmon


Free Northwestern Army General Randy Adams ✝ (before 2272)
Free Northwestern Army General Homer Jay
Free Northwestern Army Colonel Mahers
Free Northwestern Army General Tyrone Creed

Oregon Tribal Symbol Chief Woman-Eater


Oregon Tribal Symbol Chief Coon Hair ✝
Oregon Tribal Symbol Opoliha

Strength
NCR Flag New California Republic

Free Northwestern Army Free Northwestern Army

  • FNA troopers
  • FNA militiamen

Badlanders Symbol Twin Pines Pack

  • Badlanders
Oregon Tribal Symbol

Oregon Confederacy

  • Oregon tribal warriors
Oregon homesteaders
  • Oregon partisans
  • Oregon militiamen

Raider gangs

  • Raiders
Casualties
Light NCR losses, moderate FNA losses, light Twin Pines Pack losses, light damage to NCR homesteads Heavy Oregon tribal losses, heavy damage to many tribal villages Moderate Oregon homesteader losses, moderate raider losses, moderate damage to some homesteads

The Smoldering War is the next step in the NCR-Oregon tribal conflict that has gone on for more than thirty years. Though the Free Northwestern Army mostly fights on the NCR's behalf and has grow tremendously in recent years, Oregon tribals in south Oregon continue to harass the NCR border.

The "Cascadian Civil War" (2277-)

"A Better Future for the Northwest: Join Today!"
―A poster in Seattle advertising the FNA
The "Cascadian Civil War"
The "Cascadian Civil War"
A FNA trooper clashes with raiders on the streets of Portland
Date 2277-
Location Northern Oregon & Washington
Result Ongoing
  • Free Northwestern Army groups established across Cascadia
  • Remnants of the Northwestern Alliance attempt to stem the FNA's growth or cause infighting
  • Everyone but some of the FNA try to force out the Badlanders of the region
  • FNA centralized leadership breaks down after the death of General Adams
Combatants
Free Northwestern Army Free Northwestern Army


Badlanders Symbol Badlanders (varies)

Oregon Tribal Symbol Oregon Confederacy


King's Council
Sons of Liberty Flag Sons of Liberty
Oregon homesteaders (varies)
The Unity Unity Remnants
Olympia
Libertarian Republic of Gulch


Skull-Taker's Legion

Badlanders Symbol Badlanders (varies)


Raider gangs

Commanders
Free Northwestern Army General Randy Adams ✝ (before 2272)


Free Northwestern Army General Homer Jay (after 2272)
Free Northwestern Army Colonel Mahers
Free Northwestern Army General Tyrone Creed
Free Northwestern Army General Shabazz
Free Northwestern Army General Virgo Clark
Free Northwestern Army General Clint Bundy ✝
Free Northwestern Army Colonel Chen Song

Oregon Tribal Symbol Chief Kill-a-Ton


Opoliha
Hask
The Blade
Sons of Liberty Flag Commander Owen Curtis ✝ (before 2279)
Sons of Liberty Flag Commander Ethan Walters (after 2279)
The Unity Morf
Atlas' Guards Logo President Caroline Finch
Caesar Skull-Taker

Badlanders Symbol Screwball Tripstorm
Strength
Free Northwestern Army Free Northwestern Army
  • FNA troopers
  • FNA militiamen


Badlanders Symbol Badlanders

  • Badlanders
  • Bikers
Oregon Tribal Symbol Oregon Confederacy
  • Oregon tribal warriors


King's Council

  • Raiders

Sons of Liberty Flag Sons of Liberty

  • Sons of Liberty militiamen


Oregon homesteaders

  • Oregon partisans
  • Oregon militiamen


The Unity Unity Remnants

  • Unity remnant super mutants


Olympia

  • Olympian militiamen


Skull-Taker's Legion

  • Oregon tribal Skull-Takers


Libertarian Republic of Gulch
Atlas' Guards Logo Atlas Guard

  • Guards
Badlanders Symbol Badlanders
  • Badlanders


Raider gangs

  • Raiders
Casualties
Heavy FNA losses, moderate Badlander losses, light damage to allied homesteads and settlements Moderate Oregon tribal losses, heavy King's Council losses, moderate Sons of Liberty losses, moderate Oregon homesteader losses, light Unity remnant losses, light Atlas's Guard losses, moderate Skull-Taker's Legion losses, moderate civilian casualties, light damage to many homesteads, moderate damage to some tribal villages Heavy Badlander losses, heavy raider losses

The "Cascadian Civil War" is an ongoing conflict that directly resulted from the unanswered questions stemming from the end of the War of the Northwestern Alliance: what would the spread of the newly created NCR-allied Free Northwestern Army mean for wider Cascadia and what would the Badlanders do in relation to the FNA?

Northwest Commonwealth

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