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Okay, let's get the fuck out of here. What the hell are you waiting for – do you think I want to get shot? Let's go.

Aaron Kimball is the president of the New California Republic in Fallout: New Vegas.[2]


Kimball is described as the "Hero of the Mojave," serving as a general, NCR council member, and Hub governor before his presidency.[3] His popularity stemmed from a successful campaign in 2270 against tribals who attacked NCR citizens, referred to as the "Pacification of the Mojave."[4][Pub 1]

Kimball retired from the military in 2273, and began a political career.[Pub 2] The NCR Embassy Ambassador Dennis Crocker managed Kimball's first run for a seat on the New California Republic Council.[5] He replaced Wendell Peterson as president shortly thereafter.[Pub 2]


Ordering the occupation of Hoover Dam was his first act of office.[3] The water and electricity that resulted from this initiative increased President Kimball's popularity further.[3] Kimball overturned President Tandi's policies limiting animal and acreage ownership, benefitting the Stockmen's Association and Republican Farmer's Committee.[Pub 3] Under Kimball's administration, male military officers are promoted disproportionately to females.[Pub 4]

The president's support of patriotism is constant, but citizens and soldiers alike are impatient, expressing the desire to quickly annex the Mojave, end the conflict, and return the NCR forces back home.[Pub 5][Pub 6] Veterans such as Chief Hanlon comment on the logistical challenges faces by Kimball's initiatives, resulting in slow transport of supplies and reinforcements, as well as the most experienced troops ordered elsewhere.[6] Ulysses remarks that Kimball is "hollow," relying on others to strengthen the NCR.[7]

His failure to annex the Mojave over the last seven years, coupled with the high cost of occupying a foreign land, have eroded his popular support.[3] Kimball's presidency and legacy rely on successfully annexing the Mojave for the NCR.[8][9]

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Hoover Dam speech

Thank you, Colonel Moore. And thank you, my fellow Californians, who have come so far to answer the call to service put forth by the republic. It is for you that I have come here, and it is because of you that I am able to do so. We enjoy our privileges because you take the greatest of risks and are prepared to make the most noble of sacrifices. It is because of men and women like Private First Class Jeremy Watson that Nevada and the New California Republic remain free and secure.

Born in a tin shack on the outskirts of One Pine, Jeremy Watson never had it easy. His father worked as a caravan guard on the Short Loop, and his mother, like many Californians, braved the ruins of the Old World as a prospector. They suffered through water shortages, raider attacks, and the Brotherhood War. Like our mighty Sierra Nevadas, they endured. But the time came when they could no longer shoulder the burden alone. Twelve years ago, they called out for help, and the republic heard them.

Troopers and rangers, just like you, answered the clarion call. Men and women stepped forward to say, "I will carry the weight." And at Owen's Lake, we made true on our promise, driving out the raider tribes to establish a lasting peace in the eastern Sierra Nevadas. We carried the weight, and though we left behind many of our brothers and sisters on that battlefield, it did not break us.
Ten years ago, Chief Elise met with representatives of the Desert Rangers to discuss terms of what would become the Ranger Unification Treaty. The treaty was more than a resolution to welcome the Desert Rangers into the republic. It was a covenant to protect southern Nevada against Caesar's Legion and the tyranny of his regime.

There are some back home who ask me, "But who are we protecting? What is Nevada to us?" Sometimes we forget that the light of our society shines beyond our borders. Sometimes we take those privileges for granted that our forebears fought so hard to achieve. We must always remember that wherever Californians stand, we carry our principles with us: equal respect, representation, and protection under the laws of a just republic. This was the same fire that burned in the heart of the Old World that preceded us. We are the heirs of that civilization, torchbearers eastward of the Pacific, into the darkness of this wasted land.

When the republic called on the men and women of California to carry that fire across the Mojave, Jeremy Watson answered. You answered. Together, you carried the weight. And when PFC Watson's platoon came under attack at Forlorn Hope, he took the greatest risk, not only for his fellow Californians, but for California itself. He was prepared to make the most noble of sacrifices, to defend the principles of our republic, even here, on Nevada soil.
His actions are a beacon to all of us who stand here today in tribute to his valor. Private First Class Jeremy Watson, on behalf of the senate and people of the New California Republic, it is my honor to present you with the Star of Sierra Madre.

Not far from this spot, a monument stands as a tribute to the sacrifice made by those who came before us, the men and women who fulfilled the promise we made to the Desert Rangers. Its back is inscribed with the names of the troopers and rangers who carried the weight. And because they made the most noble of sacrifices, it did not break us.

Four years ago, we held this dam. Four years ago, we carried the weight. Four years ago, we drew a line through the Mojave as clear as the Colorado River, a line that Caesar cannot cross. Today, you stand here with our brothers and sisters to hold that line. Today, you honor all Californians by carrying that weight. Today, you are the waves of the Pacific, pushing ever eastward. You are the sequoias rising from the Sierra Nevadas, defiant and enduring. You are the great western light of California, torchbearers in the darkness, living reminders of all that is best in our republic.

Thank you. Thank you.

(Okay, let's get the fuck out of here. What the hell are you waiting for – do you think I want to get shot? Let's go.)


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
President Kimball's suit Hoover Dam key



Aaron Kimball appears in Fallout: New Vegas, and is mentioned in its add-ons Dead Money and Lonesome Road.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Mr. New Vegas: "Once again, NCR President Aaron Kimball, dead at 48."
    (Mr. New Vegas' dialogue)
  2. Fallout: New Vegas loading screens: "Aaron Kimball is a former war hero and the current president of the New California Republic. His insistence on defending Hoover Dam has kept NCR troops in Nevada for years."
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Courier: "Why do you care whether Kimball lives or dies?"
    Mr. House: "I care because he is a known quantity - not the man so much as the political context he inhabits. Kimball rose to prominence as the "Hero of the Mojave" when he led a campaign of reprisals against tribals who dared to attack NCR citizens. Ordering the occupation of Hoover Dam was his first act of office. As water and electricity flowed to NCR cities, his popularity soared. Conversely, his failure to annex the Mojave these seven years, and the immense costs of occupying a foreign land, have eroded his popular support."
    (Mr. House's dialogue)
  4. Courier: "What's your opinion of President Kimball?"
    Caesar: "A man of potential, held back by the craven political context he inhabits. You realize he was a general? "The Hero of the Mojave," they called him. A title he earned by extirpating lesser tribes that dared attack NCR citizens. His responses were swift and draconian. President Tandi, the "founding mother," coddled hostile tribes... but her successors were less naive, so they gave Kimball free rein. And after a respectable military career, what does he do? Become a politician."
    (Caesar's dialogue)
  5. Dennis Crocker: "I managed President Kimball's first run for a seat on the Council. I suppose that's why I have this ambassadorship."
    (Dennis Crocker's dialogue)
  6. Hanlon: "It's no secret that we've had better campaigns. Holding this whole length of river isn't easy. We're stretched thin and the Long 15 just keeps getting longer. Slow to get supplies. Slower to get reinforcements. NCR's senate has got funds tied up at the Boneyard and President Kimball ordered our most experienced rangers to chase ghosts down in Baja."
    (Hanlon's dialogue)
  7. Ulysses: "Heard tales of you walking the Mojave. Giving the two-headed bear strength. Giving hollow men like Kimball, like Crocker, half the life Hanlon had. Now... let's test that strength. That... 'conviction.' Courier."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  8. Courier: "How will the NCR react to Kimball's death? Won't it just anger them?"
    Caesar: "It'll frighten them. If I can reach out and kill whomever I choose, then they know the only reason they're alive is I haven't tried yet. You have to understand that Kimball is a symbol. Without him, there would be no NCR occupation of the Mojave. He mustered the troops - as many as his senate would allow -and sent them in. All the right reasons, done all the wrong ways. Any invasion by a democracy is a half-measure. When Kimball dies, the NCR will recoil from the Mojave, and from his legacy. By the time they recover and try to strike back, I'll be invading them."
    (Caesar's dialogue)
  9. Mr. House: "Kimball's entire political career is inextricably bound up with the NCR's occupation of the Mojave. It's his war. If I compel the NCR to retreat, Kimball will be the sacrifice offered to the gods, so decent NCR citizens can get on with their lives. In retrospect, the Mojave and Hoover Dam will seem like one man's misadventure. Kimball will be blamed, not me. Not New Vegas."
    (Mr. House's dialogue)
  10. Elijah: "Hnh. Going to wipe the slate clean. Kimball, the Republic... Hardin, McNamara, my "brothers." Then I'll head back West."
    (Elijah's dialogue)
  1. Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p. 458: Important Dates
    "2270: The extirpation of tribals in the area of present-day Bullhead City is complete. 'The Pacification of the Mojave,' as it comes to be known, makes General Aaron Kimball a national hero."
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p. 458: Important Dates
    "2273: Aaron Kimball retires from the NCR military and runs for office as one of Hub's political representatives (or 'governors,' as Hub idiosyncratically calls them). Less than two months into his term, Wendell Peterson is voted out of office and Aaron Kimball becomes the NCR's next President."
  3. Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p. 456: "Controversy over Economic Development: During President Tandi's presidency, regulations limited the number of cattle head and the acreage of fields that could be owned by a single person. Despite constant pressure from the Stockmen's Association and Republican Farmer's Committee, such regulations loosened only a little so long as Tandi was in office. Following her death, however, they eroded until President Kimball overturned them completely. As a result, the past 12 years have seen the rise of the Brahmin Barons and Agri-Barons: captains of industry who are, by post-apocalyptic standards, spectacularly wealthy."
  4. Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p. 457: "Equality: Aaron Kimball's popularity was amplified by a reactionary undercurrent, especially among males, calling out a need for a "strong man" to lead the NCR forward. In the years since Kimball took office, male military officers have been promoted disproportionately to females, and discourse arguing the differences between males and females has reappeared."
  5. Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p. 457: "Civic Militarism: Under Kimball's regime rhetoric promoting the patriotism and heroism of the NCR's armed forces has been constant, but the actual reputation of the military has worsened somewhat. While it is still regarded as an honorable profession, economic conditions driving citizens who might previously have eked by to enlist have tarnished the military's luster. To make matters worse, the NCR's expedition to the Mojave has failed to annex New Vegas, and soldiers struggle with the difficult climate and being so far from home for extended periods of service."
  6. Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p. 458: "Controversy over the Vegas Frontier: The expedition has proved to be an enduring, low-intensity political embarrassment for President Kimball. Among NCR citizens, the most common political attitude is impatience. They want Vegas annexed; they want it over with. Most expect that this will finally occur once Caesar's Legion has been "beat for good." Opposition to the Vegas occupation amounts to a vocal minority, and of these, most oppose it as a waste of lives and tax caps. The more radical opinion that the expedition amounts to the imperialist subjugation of an unwilling territory is seen as unpatriotic: the kind of pap spouted by the good-for-nothing agitators like those Followers of the Apocalypse."
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