Strongarm - The Politics of a Criminal Underworld (Organized crime rpg)
NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE DEPARTMENT
Special Detective Julius Libriani
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From the mid-1970s to the late-1990s, facets of the Italian-American subculture known as "La Cosa Nostra" were crumbling. In fact in actuality, there are 5 families that control Italian-American organized crime all throughout the world, and even now they have miniscule power in the criminal underworld. They're known as "crime families". They began making their bones during 1920s through strongarm, and extortion, and via bootlegging during the prohibition. When the prohibition had finally resolved, the La Cosa Nostra find itself at an immeasurable monetary loss: bootlegging alcohol, and tobacco was the most lucrative and profitable scheme that they'd ever had before. Now what were they to do? Racketeering. Their rackets could be anywhere from fencing stolen goods from the back of a mover's truck, to hosting rigged gambling games in the back of an eatery. Albeit this would prove to be the strongest, and longest-standing method of generating revenue for the subculture, they didn't ignore their other options: contract killing, and prostitution. The darker the racket, the more the money. In fact one member of the La Cosa Nostra had completely monopolized the porn industry during the late-60s and retained control until his death. In some cases, individuals and syndicates alike have chosen organ trafficking on the black market as their desired source of income.
All of this lead the mafia to a new point in their criminal careers: drug trafficking. From heroin, and cocaine, down to the nitty gritty marijuana, and prescription medications, the mafia was shifting it all. Narcotics were seen as a sin by the traditionalist mafia, saying that it was contradictory to the beliefs of The Omerta, a Sicilian code of honour fathered by the La Cosa Nostra. As the younger generation of gangsters continued to push narcotics through the United States, tension grew between they and their traditionalist counterparts. It got to the point where members of the same family began plotting against each other, leaving their connections, and relationships in the dark. They stopped being "counterparts" and became "adversaries". This internal conflict grew to the point where men, who were once friends, began killing each other in cold blood. Perhaps one of the most notorious and well-known events of this nature is the infamous Paul Castellano assassination. One John Gotti Sr. was pushing narcotics with his cousin Gene, and Paul told them to put a stop to it. The pair ignored Castellano, and rumors surfaced that Gene had a contract out on his head, and it was Castellano's order. John Gotti Sr. reacted to this by having Castellano killed before the contract could be affirmed.
The rise of drug trafficking in the Italian mob brought about a new criminal act known as RICO - Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations. This act would completely cripple the Italian-American criminal conglomerates, seeing the most powerful of gangsters placed behind bars. This would truly be the strongest test of them all: the test to prove if you have what it takes to make it in the mob, or if you're just another loser trying to make some money the fast way. The most resilient and admirable members of the La Cosa Nostra started giving up their closest friends; "Bodies are buried here, here, and here," or "then Joe shot the guy". The most powerful criminal organizations in the history of the United States of America had been completely crippled by 1985 in our universe, opening avenues for the lesser factions to flourish. The New Jersey mob, in particular, completely seized control of the drug trade and entirely revolutionized its distribution; "mob mogul" Vincent Cacciopoli founded the Pantone Sanitation Management company with co-signer, and alleged criminal underboss, Angelo Bernardis. The completely re-engineered "mob mentality" saw the success of a new criminal archetype known as the "turk" - a younger member of the criminal underworld who are less likely to abide by the Omerta - or Sicilian code of honour. The next 15 years would completely disorient and dishearten the organized crime task forces assigned to combat the Italian-American mafia. Over this period of time, they didn't see 1 New Jersey wiseguy convicted under the RICO act. Until now. One mistake made by the notorious Vincent "Vinny Catch" Cacciopoli would have he, Angelo Bernardis, and top earning "caporegime" - or captain - Michael Santoro placed in Ossining prison.
The last remaining facet of the North Jersey/Vincent Cacciopli crime family, Thomas "Tommy Dee" D'Ercoli, assumed role of "acting boss" or "street boss" - which is an individual who conducts the business of the mafia for the de facto boss while they are ill, under house arrest, incarcerated, or otherwise unable to run the family themselves. This is, however, an interesting turn of events as Cacciopoli is the uncle of D'Ercoli, and the two have notoriously had problems, especially since D'Ercoli's father, Anthony D'Ercoli, died of stomach cancer. An attempt was made to take D'Ercoli's life on March 11, 1999, and it's been said that Vinny Catch was behind the contract, though nothing has been proven.
combat system: Friday Night Firefight (if your assailant is 3 feet away from you and shoots you in the face with a pistol, you're dead) - all "assassinations" must be confirmed by me or another "administrative figure" of the game, both in-game, and out-of-game.
"telephone calls" can be done through PM, but must be in-character.
minimum of one paragraph, though there is no limit to how much you can write.
wait 2 posts to post again.
out of character conflicts are fine, but if they are visibly affecting in character relationships and interactions, then either the offender, or both players, will be reprimanded.
please submit your CS to me in PM before posting it. i want to confirm or deny before they're revealed.
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