So basically the purpose of this thread is to speculate how long the New California Republic has left. In my opinion? Not long. The Republic is a shadow of the Old World, yet unlike the Legion, it’s beginning to rot from the inside. Corruption, inefficiency, ineffective military tactics, the writing is on the wall. This isn’t to say that the Republic isn’t a threat; quite the contrary, their trade routes and manpower still make them a very serious contender for the Hoover Dam, and they most certainly would win a war of attrition with any other faction, save perhaps the Strip (though, an NCR blockade would likely put high and mighty House in his place). The NCR is dangerous. I’m not denying that. They’re still one of the largest, if not the largest, faction in the Wasteland, and despite their sluggishness to mobilize, they make up for it with human wave tactics. But enough flattering the enemy. My theory is that the Republic, should they win Hoover Dam, and possibly even stall the Legion (I’ve the feeling that unless you utterly annihilate the entire faction, Legionaries will live on. Like Khans or cockroaches, Caesar’s Legion is built to endure, and each individual unit is even more of a survivor than the average raider), will collapse within the span of a few decades. 30 years, at the most. My evidence is literally everything in NV; look around the Mojave. The NCR military is spread thinner than how I like my bread buttered, and according to Republican npcs (specifically the Trading Post Weapons Dealer), their new recruits are woefully ill equipped, sometimes not even receiving body armor. Beyond that, their greatest advantage, economic superiority, is in dire straits, especially should the Courier complete Heartaches By the Numbers. By eliminating or exposing the Van Graffs and Alice McLafferty, the Gun Runners are in a prime position to gain a monopoly on weapons dealing; and we all should know what monopolies do to capitalist democracies. What’s more, stress from the Powder Gang, the surviving Khans, and the numerous caravan attacks and campaigns of guérilla warfare and terror by the Legion are sending the Republic on the fast track to Hell. The wolves are at the gate, ready to tear out the tethered bear’s throat. The NCR simply isn’t in a position to hold any more land (or even the land they have) effectively, while other factions, such as the Khans, only have room to grow. Imperialism has put the final nail in the NCR’s coffin, and they’ll kill themselves should the Legion not do it for them. All in all, the outlook is bleak even for a victorious Republic. Makes me proud, it does. What do you all think? How long does the New California Republic have left? I’m interested to hear responses.