Las Vegas, called Vegas for short, is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Nevada, the seat of Clark County, and an internationally renowned major resort city for gambling, shopping, fine dining, and entertainment. Established in 1905, Las Vegas was incorporated as a city in 1911. At the close of the 20th century, Las Vegas was the most populous American city founded in that century. 1931 saw the legalization of gambling and the building of the Boulder Dam (later renamed Hoover Dam). Men flocked to the town to help build the dam; casinos and showgirl theaters were built to meet the entertainment needs of the builders. However, it was after the war, when American organized crime began to build casinos that Las Vegas boomed. The government cracked down on the mob in the 1980s, and many of the resorts were sold to legitimate business interests. The 1990s saw the establishment of megaresorts, with some overtures towards family-friendliness.
Vegas was a kingdom neighboring SoCal following the Burning. The Vegans and Socalians fought a series of wars before Vegas was overrun by SoCal during the reign of King Burger, who had figured out how to mount Gatling guns on aircraft.
Las Vegas was supposedly targeted for atomic bombing by the Soviet Union on March 2, 1951, but local air-defense was able to shoot down the bomber. The only other city that was successfully defended was Spokane, Washington. In all likelihood, the Soviets weren't actually trying to bomb Las Vegas, but rather Hoover Dam located about 30 miles (48 kilometers) away from the city.