Prior to the Great War, Germantown was a town in the Columbia Commonwealth. On the evening of October 22nd, a unit of the National Catastrophe Relief Auxiliary was mobilized and deployed to Germantown where they set up an evacuation and disaster relief camp. Although no official cause was given for the mobilization, rumors soon spread that the United States faced imminent Chinese attack. On Saturday, October 23rd the Great War erupted and Washington, D.C. was struck with several nuclear bombs.
Located some distance from Washington, Germantown escaped immediate destruction by the bombs and became a local center for the relief efforts of the NCRA. As society collapsed and panic set in, widespread looting occured in Germantown and the situation was only brought under control when National Guard units from Pennsylvania arrived in town, much to the relief of the Presiding Officer of the local NCRA unit.
As the situation continued to deteriorate and medical supplies began run out, the NCRA could do little for the many patients and evacuees. At some point the NCRA unit, weakened by desertions and deaths among it's personel, disintegrated and ceased to exist as did the rest of American society.
Germantown is located directly west of the ruined town of Ridgefield and north of the Hallowed Moors Cemetery. The town is comprised of several ruined houses and the only intact building is the Germantown police HQ and the NCRA disaster relief camp.
See Germantown police HQ.
Germantown is mentioned-only in Fallout 3.