The Texas Rangers are the premier peacekeeping organization in the Republic of Texas and all of her colonies. They have been in existence since the first Republic of Texas, where they helped lead the fight against the Mexican Empire and served as keepers of the peace. The phrase “One Riot, One Ranger” came from that era, from a possibly-apocryphal incident concerning a riot in progress. The locals thought they needed more men to quell it. The Ranger disagreed and went in to deal with it by himself. He is the example Rangers have held themselves to ever since. The fact that they actually live up to it more often than not has reinforced the mystique of lone Rangers keeping the peace and dispensing justice in the wilderness for centuries.