In Dalton, music is eclectic and varied. It has been influenced by the Oglala community of Pine Ridge, the spoken word tradition popular with the rebel groups, and the folk music of the rail riders.
The Citadel uses a variation of the Genext serializing to keep track of the Mixed who live in Dalton. These IDs determine a Mixed's status in Dalton, and are often faked in the runaway and rebel communities to attempt to avoid arrest.
The rail riders make use of the restored train system to travel across the former United States.
Dalton's culture is a mixture of those of its residents. One of the largest minority cultures is Native American, and the Mixed themselves have developed species-specific traditions.
The Sioux community, returning to its traditional ways, has thrived in the new post-war society. However, their success has caused them to be viewed as a threat by Dalton government, and the two communities mutually distrust each other.
The markets are a major center of Dalton life, the source of needed goods people cannot always make for themselves.
Salvagers who work the car and computer dumps, scrappers have earned their name as much for their violent natures as their work.
Without means of electronic communication, Dalton residents have returned to handwritten letters and print papers for most of their contact with each other. Handwritten propaganda is also distributed by those seeking change.
When the world went dark, Rapid City, one of the few surviving American cities, narrowly escaped a plunge into apocalyptic anarchy.
After the War, people began turning to sustainable and practical farming methods as well as relying on the natural resources in the area.