I have to agree with both of you guys. Choosing NCR = Literally handling the NCR to the likes of Kimball, Lee Oliver and Cassandra Moore. The jingoes, the oligarchs, brahmin barons, etc. You're literally giving Lee Oliver the presidency. And probably getting a Cassandra Moore presidency right after. I would't have minded as much if people like Hanlon, Hsu, Crocker, etc, were the ones winning. Expansion will become the magical answer to all problems. They will expand and expand. The new influx of resources will pauper the cracks with newfound wealth. No need to stop, consolidate and solve anything, we can EXPAND MOAR. The periphery will be exploited to serve the core and keep it content. Stopping to get your game together is hard, expanding more is easy. But the problems will catch up. It will mean one, ten, maybe a hundred more New Vegases in the future. That's not solving your problems, that's running away from them. And one day the NCR will into a big wall. A New Vegas that manages to fight back, or another peer competitor like the Legion. Or the cogs of government will finally give out. Then what? The NCR's contradictions will catch up to it. Boom, civil war, collapse, all that stuff. It happened to the Romans, to the US, to almost every single empire you can name. I think House/Independent are the best paths for the NCR. They stop, hoist the jingoes from govt, do some soul searching. New Vegas becomes a nice friendly neighboor. Sure, there's that "NCR will starve in a decade" thing, but I think they can find a way to deal with that.