Many Texas cities fell into mismanagement, chaos, and collapse during the Second Great Depression. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex was the most spectacular of those failures, but there were others. Local political policies left them as vulnerable as the federal government to the Second Great Depression and the other crises of the time. But the local sheriffs and police chiefs kept most of the counties and cities operating, and the Texas Rangers brought the local peace officers together in a cohesive whole while maintaining faith with the elected Texas State government. The bureaucracy fell on hard times as sacred cows were slaughtered with abandon, but Texas and her neighbors survived the chaos as leaner and meaner entities better capable of dealing with hard times. Of which the Second Great Depression, the Drug Wars, and the Cybernetic Wars offered aplenty.