The 80s are known for raiding frontier towns for supplies and kidnapping people. They are rightly feared for their ability to cover large areas of land with very few men. They have recently spread out over a larger area, notably the I-88, due to the collapse of the Nevada Desert Rangers and NCR's inability to patrol the territory.
The 80s are a gang of bandits that operate along the Northern California 80 Freeway, mostly in the region northeast of the lawless, uncontrolled city of Sacramento. They are easily recognized by the "80" signs they wear strapped across their chests. High-ranking members usually have the Interstate 80 red and blue signs. Lower-ranking members wear green Highway 80 signs and the ordinary grunts make do with what is left over. The 80s are known for their tireless pursuit of enemies and for their occasional use of motorcycles.
If the Courier crushes the White Legs, but spares Salt-Upon-Wounds, the 80s eventually capture the Great Salt Lake from the weakened White Legs. Likewise, if the Courier kills Salt-Upon-Wounds themselves, the 80s wipe out the remaining White Legs. In either case, this expansion does not come without a price, as the remaining tribes of Zion unite against the 80s and drive them away from Highway 50.
Stella mentions that in the past, a group of the raiders abducted and killed two working girls from Caliente. She says that if the 80s wanted her and her town members dead, they would have killed them, and guesses that the raiders didn't think they were worth the trouble.
- The Courier: "I haven't been through Utah recently - what's the situation like?"
Jed Masterson: "You got raiders all over the damn place, tribes of degenerates that'll eat you as soon as look at you, regional warlords... the works. Not too many decent places to stop and trade. New Canaan's one of the only ones left I know about."
The Courier: "Tell me about the raiders."
Jed Masterson: "They're about what you'd expect - crazy, jacked up on chems, violent as hell, and not too bright. The worst are the , but we won't be passing through their turf on this run."
(Jed Masterson's dialogue)
- The Courier: "Were the 80s a gang, or a tribe?"
Stella: "What's the difference? Raiders is raiders. Bunch of them swept in to town and dragged off two working girls. Deputies and me gave pursuit, straight into 80s territory. By the time we caught up with the girls, there wasn't much left of them. So we turned for home. Made it back to Caliente without further losses, but we was watched the whole way. Never seen so few people cover so much land. Goddamn creepy. If the 80s had wanted to kill us, we would've been dead. Guess they figured we weren't worth the trouble."
- Simple organizations#80s
- The Courier: "What do you know about the White Legs?"
Stella: "Used to be they raided northeast of Caliente, time to time. But then the Desert Rangers fell apart ten years ago, absorbed into the NCR. Soon enough the White Legs were swarming all over that stretch of I-15. Folks learned not to head north if they wanted to keep their scalps. Eventually the White Legs destroyed the bridges across the Virgin River, over in Arizona. End of discussion."
- Honest Hearts endings, White Legs: "Demoralized by the Dead Horse and Sorrows attack the Courier and Joshua Graham led against them, the White Legs retreated to Great Salt Lake. Their days were numbered. Word soon reached the 80s tribe that the White Legs' spirit was broken, their war chief a dim shadow of his former self. By year's end, the 80s would overrun the White Legs' camps, scattering the tribe to the winds and claiming the Great Salt Lake for its own."
- Honest Hearts endings, White Legs: "Joshua Graham's chilling execution of Salt-Upon-Wounds seared into their minds, the surviving White Legs retreated to the Great Salt Lake. Unable to shake the memory of their brutal defeat and the Dead Horses' savagery in battle, the White Legs feared further reprisals. They fled north, out of Utah, into Wyoming. The wilderness was harsh, and the first winter claimed over half the tribe. When spring came, the survivors parted ways in small bands. And so the White Legs died a quiet, ignominious death."
- Honest Hearts endings, Happy Trails Caravan Company: "The defeat of the White Legs in Zion marked a turning point in the fortunes of the Happy Trails Caravan Company. Every two months, the caravan met with the New Canaanites in Zion Valley to trade. Happy Trails soon returned to prosperity. The vigilance of the Sorrows and Dead Horses in defending southwestern Utah, initially startling to Happy Trails caravans, soon proved a blessing. The tribes united against the 80s, driving them back from Highway 50, and thus opening yet another trading route for Happy Trails caravans."