Another notable piece of music used was the instrumental version of the song "Cells" by the London-based alternative group The Servant. The song was heavily featured in the film's publicity, including the promotional trailers and television spots, and being featured on the film's DVD menus.
Basin City, almost universally referred to by the nickname "Sin City", is a fictional town in the Western United States. The climate is hot and arid, although Sacred Oaks[clarification needed] is characterized as being heavily wooded. A major river runs through the city, which has an extensive waterfront. Usually twice a year, a major downpour comes, and the city is prone to heavy snowfall in the winter. Desert lizards and palm trees are common, while tar pits, desert areas, mountain ranges and flat farmland make up the landscape around the city.
The Basin City Police Department are more or less along the lines of paramilitary or SWAT, as they have to deal with incredibly high crime rates among criminals and civilians alike, which is why they have access to what most would consider "heavy weaponry" and full body armor. Those who make up the force have been described as commonly being lazy, cowardly and/or corrupt. Only a handful of the cops are honest, though frequently the wealthy of the city bribe the corrupt members of the police into performing their duty (usually as a result of some crime being committed or threatened against a member of their family).
During the California Gold Rush, the Roark family "imported" a large number of attractive women to keep the miners happy, making a fortune and turning a struggling mining camp into a thriving, bustling city. Over the years, as the Roark family migrated into other areas of business and power, these women ended up forming the district of Old Town, the prostitute quarter of the city where they rule with absolute authority. In addition, the people charged with governing the city, most of them from the Roark line, remained in power for generations, running it as they saw fit.
Because a large majority of the residents of Basin City are criminals, there are several organizations and cartels central to the stories who are vying for monopoly over the various criminal enterprises in the city. Listed below are crime syndicates, gangs and other low-lifes who figure heavily in the Sin City mythos.
Wallenquist Organization: A powerful crime syndicate led by Herr Wallenquist, a mysterious crime lord with a broad range of criminal enterprises to his name. Although they are one of the city's two "normal" criminal organizations, the Wallenquist management seems to be the most peaceful and forgiving of the various leaders. It is unknown which crime rings they hold.
Greed, too, is hardly a Vegas-only sin, although the way that the WalletHub study tabulated it, Las Vegas certainly has a running start. Casinos per capita, one measure, is an area where Sin City should still dominate; while gambling is certainly widespread, you generally find one or two casinos in most metro areas, not the Las Vegas Strip (or Fremont Street, for that matter). The other markers, charitable donations as a share of income (presumably greedier cities were at the lower end of this measure) and the share of adults with gambling disorders, might be seen as being more pronounced in a city known for its gambling.
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Nevada was the last western state to outlaw gambling in the first decade of the 20th Century on October 1, 1910. In the beginning, the law was so strict that it even forbade the western custom of flipping a coin for the price of a drink. Legal or not, area residents wasted no time in setting up underground games. Las Vegas became an incorporated city in 1911.
With a population of a little more than 5,000, Las Vegas legalized gambling again on March 19, 1931, a decision that would forever change the face of Nevada and the city of Las Vegas. One month later, the city issued six gambling licenses.
A concerted effort has been made by city fathers to diversify the Las Vegas economy from tourism by attracting light manufacturing, banking, and other commercial interests. The lack of any state, individual or corporate income tax and very simple incorporation requirements have fostered the success of this effort.
Widely believed to be the least wealthy of the NFL's 31 owners, Davis needed a windfall of cash and a massive parcel of available land but had little leverage. The Raiders' longtime Bay Area home, the decaying 51-year-old Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, doubles as the ballpark of the A's, and Davis didn't consider the city's plans for a new football-only stadium viable. Several weeks after the Raiders lost the LA vote, the Alameda County board of supervisors, smelling blood, tripled Davis' stadium rent. The league didn't want the Raiders to exercise their option to move to Los Angeles in the event that the Chargers didn't go; the Raiders' popularity remained high in LA, but their brand and logo were synonymous with gangs. A move to a city like San Antonio was not possible because two of the league's most powerful owners are based in Texas and wouldn't allow a third team into their markets. Las Vegas, then, was Davis' only option. In Adelson, Davis hoped to find both a financier and a fixer.
Despite that awkward start, they agreed to move forward, cementing one of the strangest and unlikeliest partnerships in American business history. It fit the idea of the Al Davis Raiders perfectly: a renegade owner and a renegade entrepreneur moving an outcast team to Sin City. Adelson considered the Raiders' move a chance to help him shift a windfall of public money away from a competitor's convention center renovation -- and a chance to enhance his legacy by delivering an NFL franchise to his home city, sweetened by a stake in a gleaming, state-of-the-art $1.9 billion domed stadium and, perhaps, a piece of the team. A process that normally takes years would need to be fast-tracked, marshaling all of Adelson's power and influence to try to quickly secure public money. There was no margin for error.
And if not for Mark Davis, the Raiders wouldn't be heading to Vegas. Through his own brand of stubborn genius and a little bit of luck -- and with a major assist from Jerry Jones, who played six different roles -- Davis outmaneuvered everyone, including one of America's most shrewd and powerful billionaires, according to interviews with nearly two dozen owners, league officials, team executives, city and county officials, lawyers and staffers involved in the relocation efforts, some of whom requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the negotiations.
Adelson was playing by his own rules -- and Davis tried to as well. He had learned firsthand the lasting lesson from Stan Kroenke's relocation of the Rams, with Jones serving as a lead blocker: To control your own destiny, you need the land for a stadium. Don't wait for approval from the league. Just g