Mythor1 wrote:The radioactive fallout and dust storms from dozens of high yield nuclear weapons would have destroyed virtually all vegetation in open areas, particularly around major targets like cities and towns, and the lingering radiation would have ensured it would be a very long time before plants would grow there again.
Not to mention that in the Fallout3 universe, their whole society was based around nuclear devices. All their vehicles etc create mini nukes and ever since man crawled out of their hiding places after the great war (which I would say was more then dozens and closer to hundreds of nukes - to further push how ludicrous it would be) they have been constantly fighting each other and creating more debris and more radiation over and over.
Of course no one has ever seen the results of a global nuclear war and the nuclear winter that would follow and can only go one what scientists think will happen. Add to that some creative flair and you get a world like Fallout3.
As for Pandora in borderlands, it is an alien planet in the first place and unlike its big screen namesake not a lush jungle. Basically it looks like a planet where people got their wish and strip mined it to the junkpile that you see in the game. Add to that a multitude of different creatures that can create shock/fire and acid elements from their bodies, I am of the opinion that would not have a good effect on the environment either.