So I started watching my coworker play through FO3 for her first time. Why is it that the Enclave is so utterly incompetent? See, their entire plan hinges on taking the Water Purifier, right? Using it as a propaganda tool to spread their influence? So why don't they just not bother actually taking it and use their vast communications network to just say they did until the opportunity presents itself? We can see that there are dozens of radios tuned to the Enclave frequency all over the Wasteland, and there are people who just straight up believe it. Like, the Brotherhood lacks a sophisticated comms system, once it's fixed, you could probably attack it within the WEEK and still not have people doubt you. Instead, they spread their forces all over the map, in an almost insane and arbitrary fashion, and start capturing some of the most meaningless assets, like empty fields and farmsteads, rather than concentrating everything on the purifier. On top of that, there are infinitely better ways to gain the trust of the populace. Colonel Autumn and his escort made it three floors underground in Vault 87, not to get rid of the cannibalistic mutants, mind you, but to throw a flash grenade at you and get a code for a broken fucking brita filter. Why wouldn't they wage their from west to east, clearing out the mutants and then tackling the brotherhood? Almost every settlement has an issue pertaining to them! Like Christ, I don't understand how Bethesda thought anybody would believe that these guys are some elite force.