Before the fall, New Mexico was not a wealthy state. Lacking actual capital during its history, the state never financially flourished. As such, it comes as no surprise that those with wealth showed little to no interest in the Drylands after the fall. Most of the region was left to those who sought to carve out their own living through determination and hard work. Small, communal compounds of sorts would spring up occasionally, generally comprised of people who came to the Drylands to be left alone. All of these compounds had one thing in common: they all had a water source close by.
“Paradiso” was originally established as one of these compounds, although it has only been given a proper name in the past year or so. Set in a strategic location that could have easily accommodated travelers, it never did as well as it could, known as an unwelcoming stop that most preferred not to use. Only in dire circumstances would a Diesel Jock or caravan stop there.
Paradiso is an enterprising hub for this trading in this region, and anticipates meeting many other needs for the people of the Drylands. The local leaders have worked deals, signed contracts, and paid dues with Diesel Jocks and Rovers (who frequently travel and race through the area) to make sure the caravan routes pass through this particular location on their way through the Drylands. The reach of Purebloods has not quite made it into this harsh terrain yet, which is why del Sol and Barrows hope to profit greatly.
In Paradiso, a modest spring provides fresh water from beneath the earth. There should usually be enough water pulled to supply the current community with water for themselves, some livestock, and crops (when irrigated and rationed properly). The development of a source of water to hold a sustainable fish population is still early in the works, making fish pretty rare food in Paradiso. The water is clear and good, but not completely free. Most guests pay for their water, in one way or another, most often through some Community Service for the town.
Farming can be hard in this area, especially when the water gets sparse. Raising low maintenance animals can be more prosperous than farming the land some months. The green chiles always grow around here though, as does the mesquite.
It's a nice spot to rest: there's a Roadhouse with drinks and music (sometimes live), a Brothel with gambling tables, places to sleep, all the comforts of an almost adequate new home.
Some of the commonplace features seen within the settlement range from Gambling and Entertaining to forms of slavery, from musical entertainment to hard labors. There's definitely shady business happening, but usually behind closed doors.