|The following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.|
The Hoover Dam Rim is the first and highest level of the Hoover Dam.
The brains of Hoover Dam. This is the area reserved for the governing power, the wealthy elite, the finest shops and eateries, the bastion of knowledge and education courtesy of the Followers of the Apocalypse, and the headache that is the war with the Brotherhood of Steel.
For the most part, the Rim is in pretty good shape. The main road only has a few blemishes here and there, the original buildings have cracks in the walls, and the recently built buildings are well intact. The only signs of conflict are along the main front gate, where scorch marks litter the outside of the wall and impact craters pock-mark the steel reinforced front gate and wall. The main damage within the Rim is not immediately evident among the buildings and other structures. The main damage is within the soldiers and citizens of Hoover Dam. Morale is at an all-time low. What used to be a bustling community of people eager to learn, grow and share has turned into a battle fatigued wasteland where hope is fleeting and sorrow is rampant. The Rim is in a constant state of battle alert, so tensions are high and patience are thin. In addition, there is an evening curfew which stays in effect until sun-up.