Badlands (Region)

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This article is about the "Greater Badlands" region where much of the Gravel War takes place. For the game maps of the same name and other uses, see: Badlands (disambiguation).
Badlands
Badlands landscape 1850.jpg
Information
Country: United States
State: New Mexico
Only a moron would live here.
Saxton Hale, preeminent Badlands resident

Badlands is a fictional geographic region, nominally placed in New Mexico. Referred to as the Casualty Capital of the West, it is the location of several game maps, the city of Teufort, Mann Co. headquarters, and hundreds of other Mann Co facilities. It is the location of several elements of the Storyline.

Geography

See also: Map of Badlands.

The Badlands Region encompasses a central valley surrounded by several forested mountain ranges. Most of the larger population centers are within the central valley; but smaller settlements, valuable resources, and key facilities are located in the mountains and beyond. To the west and northwest lies a major river, navigable to ocean-going vessels.

Geology

Badlands feature canyons, ravines, gullies, and hoodoos

The term badland normally refers to an area where thick deposits of soft rock or soil have been deeply eroded. Such areas are generally an impediment to transportation and unsuitable for agriculture. Often Badlands are in arid or desert climates.

This Badlands region features such geology. Badlands often have impressively colorful shales; but in this region red sandstones are predominate, favoring formation of steeper bluffs, hoodoos, and balanced rocks. Such features aside, Badlands is large region that encompasses other terrains, including red granite tors (Badwater Basin), mountains ranges (Thunder Mountain), and broad, flat farmland (2Fort).

Environment

Map of Badlands
Much of the region is arid and largely devoid of vegetation. However, there is a broad fertile valley from Well to Teufort. This valley is bounded in places by forested mountain ranges; the Thunder Mountains to the Northwest are high enough to achieve an Alpine environment.

Settlements

  • Badwater Basin
  • Dustbowl
  • Gravel Pit
  • Teufort, Pop. 1280
  • The Well

Industry

Agriculture

While much of Badlands is soil-less, there are areas of significant agricultural production, notably in the northeast around Teufort. Major red wheat and blue corn crops are handled for ocean export through the large, modern facilities at Granary.

Gravel

Extensive gravel deposits are extracted at Gravel Pit.

Mining

There is considerable mining of coal, gold, and other minerals. Operations include those located at Badwater Basin and Dustbowl.

The Alamo, relocated to the Badlands Region by Blutarch and Redmond Mann

Points of interest

Sports

See also

Notes

Trivia