"Big Easy my ass,"New Orleans and the region surrounding it. Despite its name, the Big Easy is known for its rough and inhospitable conditions, including irradiated water, powerful dust storms, and hideously mutated creatures.
The Big Easy suffers from severe radioactive dust storms caused by the Ravaged Hills, one of the two areas hit by the nuclear weapons that destroyed much of the region. Despite this, the Big Easy appears to be a somewhat healthier area of the post-nuclear United States. The skies are brighter and clearer, and vegetation such as mutfruit, melons, tato plants, and corn can be seen growing plentifully in the region, providing wastelanders with a reliable source of food. Similarly, water pumps can be seen throughout the region as well, providing wastelanders with a reliable source of fresh, clean water. The Big Easy also sees regular rainfall.
The overall landscape is less blasted and scorched than other areas, such as the Capital Wasteland, due to the fact that the New Orleans area never suffered a direct hit, with the nuclear explosions detonating farther northeast, in what is now the Ravaged Hills, and out at sea. Despite this, the Big Easy is still a difficult and hostile place to live: it is plagued by powerful dust storms that can accelerate to the extent to flaying alive anyone caught in them.
Due to the fact that few bombs hit the Big Easy, rebuilding society has been less challenging than in other parts of the country.
- "The Big Easy" is a common nickname for the city of New Orleans.