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Volkovskaya BratvaВолковская Братва Volkovskaya Bratva (Волковская Братва) is known to be an assembly of people, predominantly of Russian descent centered within the streets of Los Santos. The group is rumored to have originated from the "bottom of the barrel", with its members all deriving from the lower socioeconomic statuses. All of them follow the hive-minded collectivism mentality inspired by leftist political beliefs. This ideology of herding together and becoming one entity is something that's instilled in these people's minds. It was born from the constant failure of society to meet the needs of its own subjects in combination with the constant pressure of having to uphold a certain standard that society itself has demanded. Over time, and through a great deal of oppression, they were brought together and became one pack of wolves. The survival of the pack alongside its leader ensures the survival of all. "Starting their life in the city's slumbs without receiving assistance from anyone. When people were warm in their houses and being well fed, this pack of wolves, separated at the time, were out on the streets hustling in order to find a crumb of bread. And therefore, when they rebelled against everything they felt oppressed them, they believed they did no wrong. For they are nothing but a product of the world they live in." -Pitirim Sorokin, 1906 The group is known not to follow a specific structure in their hierarchy, however, the people in the group that hold power are known as Authority (Avtoritet), these people are the ones that carry the responsibility and burden of leading the group to a successful outcome and looking out for the best interest of each person included. Furthermore, the Authorities of the group are known to be the ones holding the steering wheel, as well as the ones dominating all the decision-making processes. OOC Information: We are looking for players who want to portray a true image of Eastern European organized crime and develop their characters properly and in a realistic manner. People who are eager to learn this type of roleplay/culture are welcome. We welcome all roleplayers as long as they are serious and eager to learn. The in-character ranking system is a slow-paced political game, no player should seek to climb the ranks rapidly. They should take the time to develop and enjoy the experience. The OOC ranking system is based on a very generalized structure. The true ranking system is only to be found in-character. The OOC high command team does not reflect the in-character hierarchy. Players who have proven themselves capable of being responsible and trustworthy are handpicked. The majority of the faction's characters are Russian, however all characters originating from post-USSR disassembly countries are welcome. We are roleplaying first and second generation Russian-Americans and we seek to avoid portraying the "broken english heavy accent Russian" stereotype. First generation Russian immigrants will majorly only be allowed to specific players who have been given approval by the High Command. Your character's wealth is always to be portrayed realistically, we will not tolerate players roleplaying a weak financial situation and showing up in sports cars & expensive/luxurious dressing. This is restricted only to people who have progressed a lot in their character development and have obtained their wealth through their roleplay.
The Odessa Gruppa
Anatoliy posted a topic in Unofficial FactionsОдесская группа The Odessa Gruppa The Odessa Gruppa is a known cooperative of primarily Russians and Ukrainians, but assumed to have members from many other post-soviet states. The group is believed to have originated from the desperate immigrants of the 70's, with it's main source of members being people of low economic standing. They're attempt to keep generally more neutral and money-oriented compared to other's similar to them, but by no means do they not retaliate and retaliate strong. -Anyone interested in joining can feel free to do so here https://discord.gg/mNU37P75dp History Out of Character Info - We plan on roleplaying realistically down to the last fault and expect anyone interested to follow with that. - We are welcoming to anyone interested in joining or have questions, you may contact @Anatoliy and @FFrenzy03 or you're able to join us here https://discord.gg/7dSmKj3j - The faction is mainly Russian ICly but invites any character who is part of a post-soviet country. - We will be taking OOC activity as importance, so any reports on you, kicks, bans, etc. Will be handled accordingly. - Aside from faction realism, we would like to see character realism and development as well. - This is a group that will start out as a some-what small group and expand and develop through time and IC events. - The faction is all people of Post-Soviet past however it is preferred that you use a second/third generation character rather than a first, however this is not reinforced. -Your character's wealth is always to be portrayed realistically, we will not tolerate players roleplaying a weak financial situation and showing up in sports cars & expensive/luxurious dressing. This is restricted only to people who have progressed a lot in their character development and have obtained their wealth through their roleplay. - The ranking system one very in-character oriented more than of OOC ranks.
WizCuz posted a topic in Unofficial Factions Archive"I do not advise anyone to take this path and these dangerous methods to come to the United States. It's real suicide; migrants are left to their own devices. In some countries, people are killed for nothing and the smugglers are real sadists, rapists. All the women are raped. Let no one in Somalia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Egypt, Sierra Leone and Nigeria give money to their child to try this adventure. In 2016, the so-called "African Route" was reinforced. It all stemmed from Brazil's openness to African immigrants. It is easy for young people to get a visa to Brazil from where migrants then embark on a journey by foot, dugout or bus, 11 thousand kilometers and 11 South and Central American countries to get to the U.S.-Mexico border. They face a journey fraught with danger due to the presence of armed gangs, drug traffickers and exploiters for whom human life is worthless. To get to what they see as the Eldorado, they must cross the Amazon rainforest, the border with Colombia and countries in Central America. A journey that can take months; Once at the U.S. border, migrants try to sneak across. Few make it and, those few, are often arrested. Volunteer associations that support migrants help them connect with parants and friends living in the United States or with churches and religious groups that help them with their asylum claims. " Speaks Mamunga Afa Diallo one of the managers of Tabernacle African Caribbean Refugee. Few are color who manage to enter the country lawfully. Most migrants apply for illicit services and facilitate the human trafficking route. It is mainly young migrants from "black Africa" who rely totally in the hands of these evil traffickers. Driven by civil wars, extreme poverty and the "American dream," these people pay the traffickers dearly for their "services." One estimate of the value of risky travel is 25,000USD per person. Usually, the desperate migrants are crammed into containers of cargo ships that leave mainly from Nigeria. It is a long journey, at a minimum surreal, these poor people are forced to stay weeks inside containers and not all of them make it out alive. The ships' favorite destination most of the time is Brazil, thanks in part to the networks of organizations dedicated to human trafficking and the great corruption in the country, the ships loaded with immigrants manage to arrive at their destination without any problems. The migrants will pass each time into the hands of different organizations that always run the same traffic. The most common trafficking is the Mexican one. Illegals are driven by traffickers from Brazil to Mexico, passing through most countries in South America. Often alternating endless walks with a few small buses. Once they arrive in the city of Colima, they are crammed back into other ships, freighters or fishing boats that will take them to the coast of the United States. And the "American Dream" will thus be shattered by harsh reality. Those who have not been able to pay for their journey will have to pay back in one way or another to the African traffickers, who often have branching gangs in the territory where the illegal immigrants will go to reside. And that is how these poor desperate people will fall inside the circle of crime. Undocumented and without a dwelling to be able to pay their tormentors, they will be forced to commit crimes such as drug dealing, robbery, theft, swindling, prostitution, or they will be used as laborers for heavy labor, obviously without a contract of any kind. Most will fall into the clutches of this criminal network, as their safety and also that of relatives residing in Africa is at stake. This phenomenon is also present in the state of Los Santos. in the area adjacent to the Strawbarry Avenue station there is a small community of Africans, mainly Somalis. Under the bridge in front of the station is a homeless encampment, which is also home to many illegal immigrants who have lost their dreams and fallen into street life, consisting of; drugs, violence and social marginalization. The station in particular is a place that has become quite dangerous in recent times. Fights, stabbings, robberies and drug dealing are the order of the day. But behind this malaise is a better organized criminal network, which by exploiting these poor people forced by necessity to delinquency, profits immensely. Little is known about who is behind this criminal organization since there is an omertà dictated by the terror of bloody consequences for those who get out of line.
So close yet so far
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Bamboo Triad 三合會
Potatoguides posted a topic in Unofficial Factions ArchiveThe Bamboo Union, Homeland Origins, 1950's-1960's. The Bamboo Union was formed in the 1950s by (mainland Chinese) children who wanted to protect themselves from threats by Hoklo children. The first members lived in the Bamboo Forest Road in Jung Ho City, Taipei County, of New Taipei City. Its first members were made up of mainland Chinese teens who joined together to secure a place in Taiwan after 1949. The mainland Chinese were regarded as an unwelcome minority that was rejected by Hoklo citizens following the end of the Chinese Civil War when the Nationalist Kuomintang (KMT) government led by Chiang Kai-shek fled to Taiwan. Although the NRC (National Republic of China) continued to hold claims on mainland China after 1949, the mainland was controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, and Taiwan was controlled by the KMT. The Bamboo Union criminal gang started with street-fighting to gain recognition in society. By the late 1960s, the aspirations of the Bamboo Union membership shifted from street-fighting to profiteering. The gang began making a name for itself through the extortion business taking from places such as shops, factories, and even certain government facilities, but the gang's treasury overflowed when thousands of well-paid American global leaders flocked to Taipei while on R&R from the Vietnam War. Chinese nightclub owners welcomed Bamboo Union members to their premises to banish rival gangs of ethnic Taiwanese trying to carve out a share of the lucrative trade in gambling, prostitution, and drugs. By this stage, the Bamboo Union was fast developing into a triad. Aiding the Kuomintang & Chen Chi-Li's Passing, Taiwan, 1980's-2007. By the time the 1980's struck, political chaos was starting to wreck through the streets of Taiwan, at the time members of the Bamboo Union were carrying out hits on certain political figures throughout the region, the most notable hits were done on Lin Yi-hsiung (a prominent opposition figure), Chen Wen-chen (a statistics professor at Carnegie Mellon University), Henry Liu (an opposition journalist) and Tung Kei-sen (an inmate at a prison), people were intimidated by the actions of the triad, even when their leader Chen Chi-Li ('King Duck') was convicted and tried for the murders of Henry Liu, he was still operating and running the triad from deep within the justice system. Eventually as time went by, things began to settle in Taiwan with the Kuomintang reaching political dominance because of Chen's aide, which had made him somewhat of a loved and hated figure amongst the eyes of the general public, around this time the Chung family had started to make more notoriety internally, even gaining them the respect of the current leader Chen, they were diehard nationalist thugs that pushed the families ideals to the best of their abilities, they were even directly involved in the pact with the "Iron Blood Patriots" which had resulted in the family gaining more overseas trade in things such as narcotics. They had remained loyal for many years to Chen Chi-Li, however by the time 2007 came, he had passed away of terminal cancer, amongst 10,000 attendee's (many being general members of the public, certain political figures, other shady crooks), which had left the Chung family somewhat disheartened, however not totally defeated, because for their loyalty to the triad, they were plenty of newly found opportunities as a reward for their hard work and skills. Expanding into the States, Taiwan & America, 2007-2021. The Chung's had further pushed the ideals of a functioning Triad, making sure that the trade from Taiwan functioned properly, Kai Chung (the head of the family) had at this stage proposed the idea of setting up their family in the United States with ambitions of staking out more power for their triad, wherein the family were given a reasonable amount of NTD (New Taiwan Dollar) to immigrate into the United States. Around this time, everything was prepared, but Kai had unfortunately passed away a week before actually gaining a valid visa to enter America, driven and determined, both of his sons have taken on his little legacy, preparing for what America has to offer. OOC Clause