FAIR PEOPLE OF THE WASTELANDS!
I COME TO THEE IN HOPES OF YOUR HEARING MY PRAYERS!
My idea is this:
"'The Paranoia Experiment"
Based off the idea of 'The Seattle Freeze', in which a Seattle Newspaper claimed that people from Seattle are naturally against outsiders and prefer certain cliques outside of openly conversating with others.
The Vault Experiment began roughly three days into the lock down, where the Vault Overseer reported that the Vault had overcounted and that an additional resident had entered, it was also hinted that the extra citizen was actually a Chinese Spy.
At first, only asian persuaded people were brought to the Vault Security and overseer but were all later released with no explanation why. This is because the entire rumor and story was a hoax to increase paranoia to see where the human breaking point was. According to various Vault recordings, the breaking point was 150 days for the first test and was ended when a mutiny nearly ended with the death of the Vault Overseer and various residents.
Supposedly there was a second and third test, which involved that the maintainence crew were trying to kill all people inside and the third test which was never started as there was no official second test end date. It is theoried that due to the violent nature of the first test, the second test was never officially started and thus it never recieved it's official stamp of ending, that or people merely gave up and stopped caring.
The vault was scheduled for 20 years and was supposed to have a GECK, however the Vault-Tec crews on their way to delivering it were supposedly killed by the Great War and the GECK revived the surrounding forests and trees as horrifically mutated and hyper expansive plant life.