The Vessel, or USS Democracy, is an American pre-War nuclear ballistic missile submarine, now located in an American submarine base on the Island, in a place which is now known as the Nucleus. At some point before the war, she entered the Naval Base for repairs. She had a payload of four strategic SLBMs, none of which were ever used. Holotapes reveal that the original commander of the sub, Arnold Wabash, was reluctant to participate in the nuclear exchange and sabotaged the sub's reactor, which caused a radiation leak throughout the whole ship. The crew was recalled, and a hazmat team was dispatched to clean Democracy, and the entire base itself.
Three of the nukes in the ship have been compromised. The causes of the compromisation of three of the nukes are as follows. One of the nukes firing mechanism malfunctioned, and cannot launch. The other two had containment seal failures and leak radiation. Only one remains active and operational. She now sits, rusted to the insides of the Nucleus, and serves as a very large crypt for the Children of Atom.
The Vessel shares a similar internal and external layout as the Chinese submarine, Yangtze. The sub has the same body shape, but many of the details that Yangtze has, are altered or changed on Democracy. She has two large propellers on either side of the main body, (lacking the third one under the reactor control room that the Yangtze has) and another smaller one near the rudder at the stern of the ship. Democracy lacks the large dive planes that Yangtze has on her bow, has the same four torpedo tubes on her bow, and has only four Submarine-launched ballistic missile tubes compared the larger sub which has six. The USS Democracy's conning tower is a new style, with a large half-circle platform surrounded by a railing just over half way up the conning tower. Unlike the Yangtze, this sub lacks stairs going up to the main hatch, and has a simple ladder connected to the platform. The Children of Atom have draped their flag over said railing, and have placed a construction light facing it, so it shines brightly.
The original control room of the ship lies beyond the entrance, having been converted into a sort of throne room by the Children of Atom. Heading behind the throne towards the front of the sub is the captain's quarters, used by the High Confessor as his personal worshiping area. Down the stairs at the front of the room leads to the missile launch and reactor control room bundled into the same room.
Similar to the Yangtze, there are doors on both sides of the room that lead to propeller drive shafts; the room is highly irradiated due to the radiation leak from the missiles. Heading directly backwards in between the two stairs leading down to this room is the sleeping quarters for the original crew of the ship, which the Children of Atom now use as a place to lay their dead. Going forward towards the bow of the ship is the main reactor room, taking up two floors. On the bottom floor of the reactor room leads back towards the missile room. Underneath the missile room is what appears to be a cargo or nuclear waste storage area, which has considerable size compared to other rooms in the sub.
- Edgar's note - Spawns as part of Witch Hunt, partially tucked away under the mattress of Sister Aubert.
- To my "family" - under the same mattress as above.
- Aubert's note - In a footlocker in the starboard propeller drive shaft.
- Brother Alders - In a room next to the catacombs, on a table.
- Like the Yangtze, there are four torpedo tubes on the bow of the ship, but there doesn't appear to be a torpedo room. On the outside of the ship, while standing near the four SLBM tubes on the top of the ship, it is extremely irradiated, with roughly 70-90 rads/s.
- The sub seems to lack a good size kitchen area, or any sort of mess hall for the crew in general. There is also strangely no specific radio/sonar room. It is not known if the USS Democracy had seen any action before the bombs fell, such as during the liberation of Anchorage.
- The ship is poorly lit, with the children only using candles.
- While inside the ship wearing power armour, the NPCs may comment on how they don't like the suit because it protects from "division", or how because it "runs on the glow, so perhaps it's not all bad".
- Even after the main story is completed, the player can, at any time, launch the active nuke inside the ship, provided they have the key to do so.
- Though the USS Democracy would have floated into the base, the water outside seems unfeasibly shallow for a ship of this size to float inside. It could be that the nuclear blasts reshaped the land there however.
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