The important thing to remember about the fall of Mobile during the Second Great Depression is that the city leaders were on the side of the looters and the rioters. They ordered the police to allow the looting and rioting to continue, and ordered the arrest of anyone caught defending their property. The Port of Mobile, the Aeroplex, and the other industrial centers literally broke with Mobile over those policies and declared their own autonomous zones where the Mobile police were not allowed. They did not want their own security teams arrested for defending their property after all. They officially formed their own small towns in time, with the corporations picking the town councils to make certain they supported corporate policies. Mobile tried to close them down of course, but the corporations defended their industrial centers with every option available to them.