The Badlands located outside of the Night City are considered a very hostile place. Night City operates as a sovereign nation or city-state, with Arasaka guards providing border security against smugglers and hostile elements from the outside. The arid climate and decades of severe environmental damage have driven most flora and fauna to extinction or close to it. It's not a place anyone would want to go alone or unarmed. The local Nomad factions, the Aldecaldos and the Wraiths, are in frequent conflict with one another.
A number of small towns, usually with their own wary law enforcement, dot the Badlands' barren landscape like oases.