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The Legion is first and foremost a slave army, the sole master of which is Caesar. As Caesar conquers the peoples of the wasteland, he strips them of their tribal identities and merges them into his forces. There is no other tribe than the Legion itself.

As a slave army, the Legion maintains a very strict hierarchy or division of roles. All able-bodied males become slave soldiers with a singular purpose: to fight for Caesar until they fall in battle. This reason for being is imprinted into each legionary during his reconditioning, or, if one was born into the Legion, upbringing and training. Legionaries become unconditionally devoted to their leader, living to fight. Contrary to expectations, experience and veterancy has no bearing on one’s position in the Legion. While some may receive better equipment and more dangerous tasks to fulfill, at the end of the day, all soldiers remain slaves, disposable human tools that are discarded the moment they stop fulfilling their purpose.

omen are given the role of, essentially, support corps. Caesar specifically forbids women from fighting, instead using them as caretakers, healers, midwives and breeders to support the Legion’s continuous campaign of expansion. Almost all members of the Legion express condescending and misogynistic opinions of women and their non-combat roles. While the portrayal of female slaves in Fallout: New Vegas follows standard stereotypes, it is important to reiterate that both females and males in the Legion are fully subjugated by Caesar – though women have the distinction of being considered ‘sub-human’ instead of merely slaves, due to the Legion’s perception of their sex

The Legion is structured after the army of the Roman Empire. The largest unit of organization in Caesar’s Legion is the cohort, numbering at about four hundred and eighty infantrymen. Cohorts are further divided into centuriae, which, contrary to their name, number about eighty men (accurate to the ancient Roman army as a centuria consisted of eighty professional soldiers and twenty noncombatants). Each centuria is divided into ten “tent groups” (contubernia), making this the squad level of organization. Raiding parties also form in this size (about eight men) and are led by a decanus (squad leader.)

Those living under the Legion’s control are considered subjects, not members of the Legion proper. Lands under Caesar’s protection enjoy stability and security far greater than lands outside its sphere of influence. Traders that have to cross NCR’s territories with a guard contingent can safely travel on Legion trade routes alone, without any fear or danger of being attacked by raiders or other criminals.2 Caesar is considered a harsh, but benevolent lord by those who reside inside his domain but have not been enslaved into his army3. According to further dialogue from travelling merchant Dale Barton, Caesar’s territory has less taxes than the NCR.

The weakened state of mankind following the atomic blasts offers an opportunity to unite the world under one flag. By using brutal and militaristic tactics, the Legion seeks to exploit that weakness and establish one society united under Caesar. Caesar claims that the atomic bombs were sent by the God of War, Mars, for just this purpose.

The ultimate goal of the Legion is to unite humanity. They see democratic societies as tools that the rich and powerful use to keep the majority of humanity in a state of constant irresponsibility and ignorance. By keeping the people addicted to consumerism, they could effectively drain citizens of their wealth while rendering them ineffective. This not only partially explains the Legion’s disdain of alcohol and chemical stimulants, as well as pointless luxuries, it also explains why they see the majority of people as “animals,” and are so quick to use violence against them. To them, “animals” are those creatures that live only to survive. Humanity, in their eyes, is defined instead by the ability to override the fear of death and the base instinct to survive. Those who are able to face death head-on can more easily sacrifice themselves in pursuit of a greater societal and ideological goal.

Caesar greatly dislikes democratic societies, especially the NCR, because of their glorification of the wealthy over the worthy. In addition, Caesar greatly dislikes sectionalism and consumerism, mainly because he believes they convert humans into “animals,” or simple beings that live only for the sake of surviving. Caesar believes that it is his opportunity and destiny to unite all humankind under one banner, ushering in an age where each human is judged by their merit and the subsequently given power according to that perceived virtue. This way of thinking exemplifies the differences between the NCR and Caesar’s Legion.

The NCR believe that basic democratic mercantilism will eventually bring peace to the wastes. While the greedy may rule now, when peace and stability inevitably arrive, the populace eventually will acquire greater power through reform. Caesar, however, sees that as a curse, not a blessing. In his mind, it will allow humans/“animals” to be preyed upon by the greedy. While the NCR uses their significant wealth to fund research to improve the average life expectancy of citizens, the Legion believes that longer lives come at the cost of other humans, resources and purpose; people who blindly try to extend their lives should instead attempt to live without the fear of death hanging over them.

This is why the Legion refuses to use medical sciences, except in rare cases. Given how little common ground exists between the ideologies of the NCR and the Legion, these factions will undoubtedly contest each other until one is defeated.

Most members of the Legion pronounce Caesar’s name /ˈkaisar/. Wastelanders and members of NCR, as well as older Legion members use the Anglicized pronunciation /ˈsiːzər/. Legion members are fastidious about classical Latin pronunciations, such as pronouncing the traditional Roman greeting “ave” (hail) [ˈaweː]. Soldiers are called “legionaries” (not legionnaires, which is a modern phrase and applied to the Légion étrangère). Those who are liked by the Legion will be called “amicus,” Latin for comrade/friend.

What isn’t truly recognizable is the fact that the Legion mixes up different forms of Latin. This is usually noticeable in the pronunciation of names such as /ˈkaisar/ and /ˈsiːzər/. Another recognizable example is the way Caesar pronounces Lucius’s name. In the ancient language of Latin, it would have been pronounced /lukius/. Instead Caesar pronounces it /loosh:ee:us/. This shows the Legion’s confusion of Latin changes in consonants.

Caesar’s Legion uses two old forms of currency which were also used in Roman times. They are minted by the Legion in the form of silver and gold coins, each coin bearing the profile of Caesar. Despite Caesar’s poor relations with the other factions in New Vegas, Legion currency is still accepted as payment in the Mojave Wasteland, owing to the high level of trade with the Legion and the safety of its territory for caravans.[citation needed] The exchange rate is 4 bottle caps to 1 Denarius, and 100 bottle caps to 1 Aureus.

FNV Legion silver coin
The Denarius (silver), which bears an image of a younger Caesar on the obverse and Caesar, Joshua Graham and Calhoun on the reverse. The inscriptions are in Latin, “Caesar Dictator” meaning “Dictator Caesar” or “Absolute Ruler Caesar” on the front and “Magnum Chasma” meaning “Great Abyss” or “Great Fissure” on the back, referring to the Grand Canyon. The symbolism is simple – the denarius commemorates young Caesar’s journey to the Canyon and his first victories as a dictator of the tribes.

FNV Legion golden coin
The Aureus (gold), which bears the portrait of the older Caesar on one side and the symbol of the 10th Legion (the bull) on the other. The inscriptions are in Latin, “Aeternit Imperi” meaning “For the eternity of the empire” on the front and “Pax Per Bellum” meaning “Peace through War” on the back.

The Legion follows the Cult of Mars, created by Caesar in 2250 after claiming he was the Son of Mars. Members of the Legion believe that the war god cleansed the Earth with fire so that Caesar could conquer the Earth and save it from chaos. Most members of the Legion are oblivious to their society’s basis in Ancient Roman culture and believe that their customs were dictated to Caesar by Mars himself.

The Legion society is largely hierarchical. Anyone outside its ranks is considered to be Dissolute (lacking in morals), while those that are both outside of it and hostile (usually the NCR and its subjects) are called Profligates (slightly more dissolute). Freshly caught humans are called Captures and are considered the lowest of the low. Their only right is to be tested as a slave. If they do not meet the requirements, they are immediately disposed of.

Slaves are one step above Captures and consist of captured humans unfit for combat duty as a Legionary. They are expected to adhere to the virtues of a slave (Honestas, Industria, Prudentia – honesty, industry and prudence) and follow their master’s orders without questions. They are given a new name and wear rags with a light red X painted over the chest. During the Capture stage, slaves seem to be forced to wear slave collars. Later, when they have been “broken in” and transported deeper into Legion territory, the collars are removed as seen with the slaves at Fortification Hill. Children of slaves are taken from their parents after birth and placed in the care of priestesses, who raise them in keeping with Caesar’s doctrine. Physically fit males are chosen to serve as Legionaries.

Legionaries are the main fighting force of the Legion and form the bulk of its society. Composed of capable men conscripted into service, Legionaries are expected to demonstrate the apex of Roman values. Advancement in rank is purely merit based – if a Legionary proves himself in combat, he will be promoted. If he doesn’t, he will be lucky to escape with his life.

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