|Location(s):|| Across the West|
Note that this information is based on Van Buren and may be changed during FoNV
Another faction named the NCR was going to expand their rule east, but they needed to build railways and other transportation to carry goods and ammunition to small towns under the NCR's control. The leader of the NCR at that time decided to use freed criminals to do the labor. The NCR paid these criminals small amounts of caps to transport goods and create the railways.
The NCR had a small recession and didn't have enough money to pay the workers. So the criminals revolted and blasted railways and and trade caravans with blasting powder. These criminals are the powder gangers.
They are most likely going to be hostile towards th NCR.