Primm has been taken over by escaped convicts.
In what seems to be a massive bureaucratic and military castastrophe, the local correctional facility saw its members rise up and take control of their immediate region. Unfortunately, this includes Primm. They call themselves the Powder Gangers, after the fact that they belonged to chain gangs the NCR used to blow mines and build railways into the Wasteland. The NCR, as it is apparent, has no response. Even the camp situated across from Primm seems unable to deal with the threat, citing poor equipment and lack of orders.
I’m not entirely unfamiliar with the NCR, but this sort of bureaucratic hand-wringing has been common lately. A sign that perhaps the republic is growing far too big, too fast without the realization that their governance is full of flaws. Our last democracy suffered the same paralysis of action when it came to disastrous incidents and that led to the war. What about the Mojave wasteland is any different not. The Powder Gangers are seemingly better equipped than NCR soldiers and this does not bode well for the future of the NCR in the region, or in general.
So with Primm out of bounds, I turned south to the Mojave Outpost.
The New California Republic is very proud of their history.
It seems strange that the fledgling republic is so willing to ostentatiously stake their claim upon the western entrance of the wasteland with this monument, yet still be under-equipped to deal with the Powder Ganger situation. Sergeant Jackson at the outpost informs me that the majority of soldiers have been moved further eastwards, towards Hoover Dam and Camp Forlorn hope where they are doing battle with Caesar’s Legion. He’s only left with recruits which he’s reluctant to send into battle with the Powder Gangers. That seems prudent, but he also seems reluctant to send them into battle with giant ants and the insects that plagued the I-95. In return for some supplies, I helped him in clearing the road of mutated insects, but am starting to wonder if the NCR has the capabilities to truly hold the Mojave Wasteland.
A sniper on the roof informed me of smoke coming from the nearby town of Nipton. It’s there I will head to next.