The Badlands are a Region of Sytasia that is largely uninhabited desert of dust, sand, and occasional ruins. The settlements are usually one or a combination of these three: a stop off the main road for travelers, an oil field, or a crystal mine. As long as there is a reasonable output of oil and crystal in the world and the roads are safe to travel, no one seems to particularly care about these places, and generally the folk who live there like it that way. Of course, they don’t like it when their settlement is under attack and the government “can’t spare the resources” to help the single sheriff (and perhaps his deputy) against the threat. After all, dangerous creatures inhabit the deep desert, and colonies have been overrun on rare occasion.