Q is for Quartz
Quartz is a flavor of the pre-War United States’ most popular carbonated soft drink, Nuka-Cola, unique to the American southwest. Invented and marketed some decades before the War, the caffeinated, fruit-flavored soda quickly took the country by storm and gained an extremely dedicated, widespread following. Vending machines selling ice-cold Cola could be found on virtually every street in every American town. Thanks to its ubiquity and enormous production reserves, Nuka-Cola can still be found and enjoyed to this day in the wasteland, though the bottles’ contents are generally rather flat and warmer than ideally served. Popular as ever, well-to-do fans of the soft drink are known to pay good money to scavengers selling memorabilia of the brand or the very rare novelty editions which the Nuka-Cola Co. started producing shortly before the bombs fell. Nuka-Cola Quantum and Clear were released on the east coast market, while in the southwest the Victory and Quartz flavors were introduced. Quartz is a clear drink with no coloring in contrast to Victory, which contains a mild isotope to make it glow in the dark. Searching for abandoned Nuka-Cola plants has thus become an interesting alternative for scavengers to make a living.