Today, you are the waves of the Pacific, pushing ever eastward. You are the sequoias rising from the Sierra Nevadas, defiant and enduring.”— Aaron Kimball
Aaron Kimball is a Californian politician serving as the fifth President of the New California Republic in Fallout: New Vegas. A devoted citizen, who is a retired decorated NCR Army General, rose atop the political ladder in the NCR using his military service and war hero status to secure votes. Kimball would secure his position with his hardline stances on political issues, despite his failures, such as failing to annex the Mojave Wasteland for seven years.
Born in 2233, Aaron Kimball is a decorated war hero and retired general of the New California Republic Army. He rose to prominence in the course of his swift, draconian military campaigns against the tribes of the Sierra Nevada in 2269 and the Mojave areas around Bullhead City in 2270, performed in retaliation for attacks against NCR citizens in 2253. His actions earned him the title of "The Hero of the Mojave" and free rein from President Tandi's successors.
In 2273, Kimball retired from the military service in favor of a political career. He enjoys widespread popular support for his status as a hero and hardline approach to tribes. His campaign for the seat of Hub congressman was successful. Less than two months into his term, Wendell Peterson was voted out of and Kimball was voted in, becoming the fifth President of the New California Republic. His first act of office was to order the occupation of the Hoover Dam in 2274. The resulting flow of water and electricity to NCR cities caused his popularity to soar among the citizenry.
Kimball's popularity, amplified by the reactionary undercurrent, proved enduring. Even overturning laws designed to limit the number of cattle head and the acreage of fields that could be owned by a single person, allowing the Stockmen's Association and Republican Farmer's Committee to grow even more powerful, creating the so-called Brahmin Barons and Agri-Barons, did not tarnish his reputation. What did, however, was the failure to annex the Mojave for seven years, draining resources, caps, and human lives led to it becoming an enduring political embarrassment for President Kimball. By 2281, Kimball's political career hinges on the speedy annexation of the Mojave and New Vegas. As the symbol of NCR's involvement in Nevada, Kimball is crucial to further expansion of the Republic eastward. His death would likely infuriate the Republic and cement both the NCR's occupation of the Mojave and Kimball's legacy as a martyr.
Kimball's personality is accurately summarized by the term "war hawk". Supported by Colonel Cassandra Moore and General Lee Oliver, President Kimball firmly believes in expanding the NCR and bringing new territories into the fold by any means necessary, be it Hoover Dam or Baja. This stance, as well as disregard for losses, is one of the greatest issues Chief Hanlon, architect of the first victory at the Dam, has with the President.
Interactions with the player character
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- You'll Know It When It Happens, Wild Card: Finishing Touches, The House Always Wins, VI: The Courier is tasked by Colonel Cassandra Moore, Yes Man, or Mr. House respectively to protect the president during his speech.
- Arizona Killer: The Courier is tasked by Caesar to assassinate President Kimball for Caesar's Legion.
President Kimball's speech at Hoover Dam
Thank you, Colonel Moore. And thank you, my fellow Californians, who have come so far to answer the call to service put forth by the republic. It is for you that I have come here, and it is because of you that I am able to do so. We enjoy our privileges because you take the greatest of risks and are prepared to make the most noble of sacrifices. It is because of men and women like Private First Class Jeremy Watson that Nevada and the New California Republic remain free and secure.
Born in a tin shack on the outskirts of One Pine, Jeremy Watson never had it easy. His father worked as a caravan guard on the Short Loop, and his mother, like many Californians, braved the ruins of the Old World as a prospector. They suffered through water shortages, raider attacks, and the Brotherhood War. Like our mighty Sierra Nevadas, they endured. But the time came when they could no longer shoulder the burden alone. Twelve years ago, they called out for help, and the republic heard them.
Troopers and rangers, just like you, answered the clarion call. Men and women stepped forward to say, "I will carry the weight." And at Owen's Lake, we made true on our promise, driving out the raider tribes to establish a lasting peace in the eastern Sierra Nevadas. We carried the weight, and though we left behind many of our brothers and sisters on that battlefield, it did not break us.
Ten years ago, Chief Elise met with representatives of the Desert Rangers to discuss terms of what would become the Ranger Unification Treaty. The treaty was more than a resolution to welcome the Desert Rangers into the republic. It was a covenant to protect southern Nevada against Caesar's Legion and the tyranny of his regime.
There are some back home who ask me, "But who are we protecting? What is Nevada to us?" Sometimes we forget that the light of our society shines beyond our borders. Sometimes we take those privileges for granted that our forebears fought so hard to achieve. We must always remember that wherever Californians stand, we carry our principles with us: equal respect, representation, and protection under the laws of a just republic. This was the same fire that burned in the heart of the Old World that preceded us. We are the heirs of that civilization, torchbearers eastward of the Pacific, into the darkness of this wasted land.
When the republic called on the men and women of California to carry that fire across the Mojave, Jeremy Watson answered. You answered. Together, you carried the weight. And when PFC Watson's platoon came under attack at Forlorn Hope, he took the greatest risk, not only for his fellow Californians, but for California itself. He was prepared to make the most noble of sacrifices, to defend the principles of our republic, even here, on Nevada soil.
His actions are a beacon to all of us who stand here today in tribute to his valor. Private First Class Jeremy Watson, on behalf of the senate and people of the New California Republic, it is my honor to present you with the Star of Sierra Madre.
Not far from this spot, a monument stands as a tribute to the sacrifice made by those who came before us, the men and women who fulfilled the promise we made to the Desert Rangers. Its back is inscribed with the names of the troopers and rangers who carried the weight. And because they made the most noble of sacrifices, it did not break us.
Four years ago, we held this dam. Four years ago, we carried the weight. Four years ago, we drew a line through the Mojave as clear as the Colorado River, a line that Caesar cannot cross. Today, you stand here with our brothers and sisters to hold that line. Today, you honor all Californians by carrying that weight. Today, you are the waves of the Pacific, pushing ever eastward. You are the sequoias rising from the Sierra Nevadas, defiant and enduring. You are the great western light of California, torchbearers in the darkness, living reminders of all that is best in our republic.
Thank you. Thank you.
(Okay, let's get the fuck out of here. What the hell are you waiting for – do you think I want to get shot? Let's go.)”— President Kimball
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Drops on death
- Aaron Kimball is one of the characters that the player must eat in order to earn the Meat of Champions perk.
- You automatically gain NCR infamy if he dies, even if you didn't do it.
- If you look closely at Kimball when he does his speech at Hoover Dam, his lips don't move.
- If you ask Mr. House why he's interested in preserving Aaron Kimball's life during his visit, he will explain that he simply wants Kimball to remain alive so he can become the scapegoat for his nation to place the blame upon after Mr. House pushes the NCR out of New Vegas, rather than becoming a martyr for his apparently unpopular cause of annexing the region. This will prevent New Vegas from being placed under an NCR trade embargo, or worse, having a war declared upon it.
- Dennis Crocker and Colonel James Hsu have a portrait of President Kimball in their office. A defaced version of Kimball's portrait is also present in the warden's office at the NCR Correctional Facility, which has been taken over by Eddie and the Powder Gangers.
- If you use a Stealth Boy to sneak up on him, you will see that he cannot be pickpocketed.
Aaron Kimball appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.