A somewhat cold-blooded analysis of Vault 11:
First of all, in my estimation there was no reason for the inhabitants of Vault 11 to doubt the threat of its computer to exterminate the entire population of the Vault. The rest of this analysis will proceed from this assumption.
According to the Vault article, a vault could hold one thousand people, and the average life expectancy of a vault dweller was 92.3 years. This means that for a full vault, on average nearly eleven people would die each year, a rate that dwarfs the one sacrifice per year required by the computer of Vault 11. Indeed, if the inhabitants of Vault 11 chose to do so, they probably could have selected a terminally ill person each year--still morally unpleasant, but this would…Read more >