Why do people think Maxson’s Brotherhood of Steel is traditional?

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I don't particularly understand the mindset of people who believe that Maxson's Brotherhood is as traditional as the Western chapters. Maxson has an open door policy to outsiders, like Owyn Lyons did. Maxson is giving speeches about protecting wastelanders, as per Danse. Maxson is allocating soldiers to fight raiders, Gunners, the violent strain of Super Mutants who eat people, and ferals, something in line with Sarah Lyons, who wanted to fight the Enclave and wipe out all Super Mutants. Maxson is allowing scientific innovation, something that the current Western chapters aren't doing given what Veronica says on the matter. Maxson has no problem with same-sex relationships, as we know if we recruit Scara into the Brotherhood instead of Madison Li.

So how, exactly, did Maxson completely revert the Brotherhood back to tradition when he's closer in line to Owyn Lyons' ideology? Danse even has dialogue about killing sapient ghouls being prohibited (and absolutely no one throughout the entire game ever accuses the Brotherhood of killing ghouls, unlike Fallout 3 where Underworld ghouls spoke about Lyons' Brotherhood murdering them, and Lyons didn't allocate any clean water to Underworld despite ghouls needing clean water), and we read about the Brotherhood trading with traders on the Prydwen terminals (rather than forcibly seizing what they want), followed up by Danse rewarding the protagonist with an energy weapon (when the person is still a civilian) and the Brotherhood soldiers and scribes making "large purchases" in Diamond City after the defeat of the Institute by the Brotherhood.


I've noticed a few folks point to the bigotry against ghouls among some of the Brotherhood, but that's the case with every main faction and almost every settlement. The Commonwealth Minutemen didn't help the ghouls of Diamond City who were condemned to die after a very public election to oust them from the city, and the Railroad terminal near P.A.M. reads about how anti-ghoul sentiment exists among the Railroad. Only two settlements in the Commonwealth even allow ghouls to live there (which is the point of Wiseman establishing the Slog – to change how people view ghouls). We only see ghouls among raiders and Triggermen. Hancock notices his surprise about the protagonist hanging out with a ghoul because it's atypical. Owyn Lyons' people literally killed ghouls. So I don't see how some people in the Brotherhood being bigoted against ghouls (which isn't even part of Brotherhood doctrine but simply how people are), says anything.

Even Maxson's approach to wanting to take out the Institute (an entire society of people ideologically opposed to the mindset of the Eastern Division of the Brotherhood) is closer in line to Sarah Lyons' way of thinking (who wanted to take the fight to the Enclave, and continued her campaign to wipe out Super Mutants in "Broken Steel") than it is to Casdin's traditional mindset of focusing exclusively on retrieving technology (with Casdin explicitly saying to the Lone Wanderer that it's wrong to give any degree of focus to helping outsiders). Maxson even congratulates you saying you are "truly are one of us, brother/sister" if you tell him you stopped the Institute for the people of the Commonwealth, which wouldn't make any sense if Maxson was a traditionalist.

People seem to think that Maxson (who turned a small chapter into a massive Division, with the eulogy terminal entry on the Prydwen potentially suggesting that it's now an Ordensstaat) took the Brotherhood completely back to tradition, but that's simply not the case, and I don't see why, years after Fallout 4's release, anyone would think that.

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