A vardo (also wag(g)on, living wagon, van, and caravan) is a traditional horse-drawn wagon used by British Romani people as their home. Possessing a chimney, it is commonly thought of as being highly decorated, intricately carved, brightly painted, and even gilded. The British Romani tradition of the vardo is seen as a high cultural point of both artistic design and a masterpiece of woodcrafters art. The heyday of the living wagon lasted for roughly 70 years, from the mid-1800s through the first two decades of the twentieth century. Not used for year-around living today, they are shown at the Romanichal (British Romani) horse fairs held throughout the year, the best known of which is Appleby Horse Fair.
My headcanons for other notable outback settlements.
Gumwater. Small. Sleepy. The only claim to fame is the unfortunate handwriting on the sign. Whoever wrote it had real trouble with their “G”s. Some enterprising wag has started a small souvenir business under the slogan “you’ll be glad you came!” Not omnic friendly
Alice springs. The place the apocalypse improved. Largely run by the local Aboriginal council. Not very large and quite poor but a strong sense of community. Getting a name as makers of very decent wines and beer, often brewed with various native bush foods. Kind of omnic friendly. It’s definitely a case of “better to have them in here pissing out than out there pissing in.” The council doesnt want to start a war by killing them but also doesn’t want to not know where they are in the event of another crisis. The situation is tense.
The Sand Fleet. No fixed address. Aboriginal tribes whose homelands were wiped out completely in the crisis and omnium banded together and built an armada of sand skimmers, hovering boats who use wind and solar for power. There are all sizes ranging from little one person hunting skimmers to big family sized clippers. The Sand Fleet is fairly new but already growing its own traditions and language. Largely hunters, foragers and traders. Will trade with omnics but not let them on board the fleet.
The Border. The most happening place in the outback! Sort of a cheerful, easy going vegas strip, built right up against the fortified Fence the government built to keep the outback people out. A mixed place, with influences both from over the wall and the Red Centre. Crime is rampant but The Border has a pseudo police force to maintain order, largely consisting of volunteers. Filled with bars, theatres, arenas and other ways to pass the time, the whole place has a vibrant buzz. The main hub for the black market, the Red Centres smugglers consider the place home. Omnic friendly.