After chasing the drug gangs out of Lubbock, Dixie and her inner circle of friends began to prepare for the far more serious problems inherent in the depression.  Civilized society was taking a real pasting from those accustomed to dealing without the cheap electricity that was gone.  So Dixie asked her friends to build drones she could use without having to steal first.  They were armed and armored with the best technology she and her friends could think of and build.