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Before Dooomsday, the city of Las Vegas, was the most populous city in the U.S. state of Nevada, and the thirty-sixth largest city in the United States. According to the US Census, the 1980 population of Las Vegas was 164,674, and the 1980 population of the Las Vegas - Paradise, NV MSA was 528,000.
Las Vegas was a city in the former United States, in the former state of Nevada. It was famed for its glitz and casinos.
In the afternoon of September 25th, news of the Soviet surprise attack against the United States was reported by television and radio stations. The announcement of the attack stunned everyone, before shock turned into desperation to leave the targeted zones before the city of Las Vegas and its suburbs were struck by nuclear devices. Every possible exit point in and out of Las Vegas quickly became bumper-to-bumper traffic, which included Interstate 15 and State Routes 95 and 93, which lead from Las Vegas to the north, south, east, and west.
McCarran International Airport and Nellis Air Force Base, the two largest air facilities in the region, quickly turned to chaos, as many pilots disregarded protocol and procedure, and attempted to take-off in a hurry to save their lives, as well as the lives of whatever passengers and crew aboard. Smaller airports, such as North Las Vegas Airport, were less chaotic, and allowed pilots to escape Las Vegas before the nuclear devastation that would bear down on Las Vegas.
At approximately 6:30 PM, the Las Vegas Valley was struck by an estimated three megaton warheads, destroying Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, North Vegas, and several surrounding communities. However, due to the mountains that surround the city of Las Vegas, much of the shock and thermal damaged was absorbed by the mountains, but fallout from the blasts proved disastrous for towns in and around Las Vegas.
Following Doomsday, the Las Vegas Valley literally became "the Valley of Fire", with firestorms burning anything that wasn't destroyed by the initial detonation or the shock wave that soon followed.
After years of abandonment, the region of former Las Vegas began to be reclaimed by the Mojave Desert. The only population in and around Las Vegas is nomads or small family tribes, but any possible large nation is practically impossible.