Washington, D.C. is the primary setting of Tom Clancy's The Division 2. It serves as the capital city of the United States and is home to all three branches of the federal government. Before the outbreak it had a native population of seven hundred thousand, although commuters from the surrounding Virginia and Maryland suburbs would swell the D.C. population to well more than a million inhabitants during the workweek.
Since the Green Poison pandemic swept through the federal district last year, the population has plummeted. After the initial outbreak, CERA set up refugee camps to house the large tourist population stranded in D.C. with nowhere to go. But smallpox and mob violence has slashed the number of residents and refugees by at least two-thirds. Many surviving civilians banded together to build small settlements that held together despite power outages, predatory raiders, and bouts of malnutrition.
As the Green Poison outbreak wreaked havoc in Manhattan, officials in D.C. scrambled to find a viable solution to the chaos that was enveloping the nation. After much deliberation, President Waller signed the executive order known as Directive 51 into law, activating agents of the Strategic Homeland Division and sending them into New York. Shortly afterward, Waller died of a heart attack.
The disease soon spread beyond Manhattan and found its way to the capital with devastating implications. Initially, those infected with the Green Poison were forcibly quarantined on Roosevelt Island, but the quarantine was unsuccessful, allowing the disease to spread throughout the city. The disenfranchised survivors of the Roosevelt Island quarantine would become the faction known as the Outcasts.
CERA, the JTF and newly-appointed President Mendez attempted to maintain control of the city, but their attempts ended in disaster, leading to further chaos and unrest that was quickly grasping the city. Government officials tried to snuff out the virus by dousing infected areas with a experimental chemical known as DC-62, but the chemical ended up being far more toxic than anticipated and left the areas uninhabitable, leading to the creation of the D.C. Dark Zones. To make matters worse, the D.C. JTF force, already incredibly weakened, began to further collapse as members of the organization defected and formed a rogue paramilitary faction known as the True Sons, led by former JTF Officer Antwon Ridgeway. Finally, President Mendez died barely a week into his term, allegedly taking his own life.
Declaring the capital a loss, officials ordered a mass evacuation of all government and JTF personnel. Remaining members of the government and JTF evacuated via helicopter, leaving behind a skeleton crew of JTF operatives at the White House Base of Operations. With the JTF no longer able to somewhat maintain order, the city descended into anarchy, with the Outcasts, the True Sons, and a scavenger faction known as the Hyenas establishing territory while looting, killing, and pillaging at random. The United States capital became a full-blown war zone, with innocent civilians caught in the crossfire. These civilians would eventually band together as a ragtag militia, forming settlements and supply chains across the ruins of the city and fighting to regain territory from the rival factions.
Sometime after the evacuation, while transporting newly-appointed President Ellis, Air Force One was shot down over D.C. by unknown forces, causing it to crash in front of the Capitol Building. No trace of the President was found at the crash site, and he has been missing ever since.
Events of Tom Clancy's The Division 2
Six months after the outbreak, the SHD Network experiences a global blackout, and Division agents receive a distress call from Washington, D.C. Upon arrival, the city is in ruins, with various factions fighting over territory and the streets littered with garbage and debris. Division Coordinator Manny Ortega is in charge of SHD operations in the D.C. area, and tasks agents with various missions to help restore the SHD Network and reclaim the city from the warring factions.
With the help of JTF personnel, the Civilian Militia, and the still-alive President Ellis, The Division wages a campaign against the factions, culminating in a full assault on the True Sons occupied Capitol Building. With all the faction leaders eliminated, the SHD Network restored, and the territory reclaimed, the survivors of D.C. celebrate. However, the city is soon thrown into chaos again when a new faction known as Black Tusk invades D.C., turning the city into a full-blown war zone. The heavily-armed PMC group has been tasked with eliminating The Division and taking back the capital, as well as securing a series of broad-spectrum antivirals for use against future outbreaks. The Division eventually mounts an assault against their stronghold, stealing the antivirals and disabling their transportation. A Black Tusk operative named Wyvern goes rogue and attempts to blow up The White House, but is neutralized by Division agents.
- Main article: Locations/Tom_Clancy's_The_Division_2
Each Zone in the open-world consists of a small region of the map that contains a Safe House (or Settlement), at least 2 Control Points, and usually has some sort of mission in the area. Each Dark Zone contains several Landmarks, DZ Checkpoints, and a Safe House. With the Year 1 DLC, there are several new areas added, collectively called D.C. Outskirts.
- The White House
- Downtown East
- Federal Triangle
- Judiciary Square
- East Mall
- Capitol Hill
- West Station
- West Potomac Park
- Constitution Hall
- Foggy Bottom
- Downtown West
- West End
- Manning National Zoo
- Camp White Oak
- The Pentagon
- Kenly College
- Washington National Airport
- United Ironworks
These are a list of locations around D.C. that are important for one reason or another.
- The White House (D.C. Base of Operations)
- The Theater Settlement
- The Campus Settlement
- The Castle Settlement
- District Union Arena
- Capitol Hill
- Roosevelt Island
- Tidal Basin
- Main article: D.C. Factions
These are the factions that are battling over D.C. and survival.
- True Sons
- Black Tusk (endgame only)
- Raiders (tutorial only)
- In the Private and Open Beta, several locations within D.C. were named after their real-life counterparts. This was changed in the full release, presumably due to copyright issues.
- Some monuments such as the Vietnam Memorial are not present in the game. The developers have stated that they believed it would be insensitive to feature such landmarks in the game.
- Unlike New York in the first game, Washington, D.C. is subject to all sorts of weather, including heatwaves, thunderstorms, and even the occasional dust storm. Signs of flooding and breached shipwrecks also suggest that at some point a hurricane swept through the capital.
- Washington, D.C. was named in honor of George Washington, one of the founding fathers and the first president of the United States.
- Washington, D.C. is the center of all three branches of the federal government of the United States.