The Commonwealth of Virginia did not lose all federal funding as most American States did during the Second Great Depression. They were Washington D.C.’s closest neighbor, and many who worked in Washington lived in Virginia. So they continued to receive some funding, even if it was greatly reduced. They still had to make many painful spending cuts though, and most of them happened in the western or central counties. Virginia focused the vast majority of their remaining budget on the eastern counties, and used that to maintain services and order in those regions. Their primary interaction with the western counties was through law enforcement convoys sent into “enemy territory” to arrest political foes. Once again, this was not enough to truly break Virginia, but they further polished the paving stones of fate towards that once-unlikely outcome.