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Old November 13th, 2004, 08:07 PM
Ran Targas Ran Targas is offline
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I've always had a certain amount of organized crime IMTU and recently, I was challenged to create a background for a Mafioso type character. This opened up a huge world of possibilities for me; a history, an organization, their rivals, their activities, the efforts to disrupt their activities, and their influence in Imperial economics and politics.

I don't believe there is any OTU canon on this subject and I'm curious if anyone has speculated on the subject. If so, I'd be very interested to hear it.
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Old November 13th, 2004, 08:55 PM
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Well, as it happens, I was working over an idea for a slavery smuggling organization. They kidnap people, transport them out of the Imperium, and sell them to Megacorporate offices outside the scope of Imperial law, where anything can happen to them (and often does). The end-purpose drives the costs, but the most lucrative is selling people into medical experimentation slavery.

I hadn't gotten any further than the idea.


However, there has always been the "idea" of organized crime IMTU in the back of my mind, but I've never really developed anything specific (I spend too much time on other stuff).
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Old November 13th, 2004, 09:01 PM
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RAN! As a matter of fact, I have...

I created a 'retired' mobster, former made man after a long distinguished career of crime, to settle him down on a small low pop world..

One where his influence and wealth from past gains was put to use, like, he owns the repair yard for the C-class downport the world has (they only have 1), to running the best resturaunt/ club in town. (world pop is 60,000).

There are of course a few skeletons running about--relatives of theformer regime of hoods--the Gruvnaarsh cousins.. (whose remains its rumored are mixed with one of the many extra blast berms on the starport pad); two former partners in crime from the Vilani-style run syndicate outfit he began in. One framed him for murder 30 years ago, and he dropped out of sight for six years and changed his name and face. Joned the Imperial Marines. The Other rival made off with the proceeds of the robbery they'd pulled, ditching the shooter(first chap), and him.

Then one day,he saw some "action", and took cover behind a downed grav vehiclle where a wounded marine officer handed him the comms and said, "call in the airstrike" before passing out. Our poor lad, did so, and directed orbital artillery down on some nasty folks ruining the Imperial Marine's day at this client state's embassy. the Ambassador put him in for a medal.
Two years later, they were fixing to award him with it, he vanished again...

when he returned to Ley Sector, he set about looking to put his talent to use. Working in the Diamond Prince subsector wasn't too tough, and th gruvnaarsh syndicate was small potatoes, easy to get into, and work one's way up. Then One day, they wised to him. But our lad, already had their number fixed.
12 years after their demise/ sudden departure from the realm of the warm and breathing, Our Man is the Guv'ner of this small world. A Man who makes things happen, and keeps the crime to an acceptable level (an old fashioned thug, he likes smuggling, money laundering, offworld currency schemes, simple robbery, protection rackets, and gambling. He doesn't hold with narcotics, or slavers, or prostitution rings--and has had six-seven attempts on his life since he took over from offworld gangs trying to capitalize on the lack of the Gruvnaarsh machine.

Then one day, he realizes the lady surgeon whose been pulling lead and knives from his hide these past 12 years is kinda nice, and attractive. He sets up an nice evening dinner, and invites her over--and wham.
IMOJ Imperial Marshal shows up, with his niece in cuffs. And says--"lets make a deal."...

and thats a rough sketch of Hogan "Call-me-Harry" Murphy (Saaltar)'s life, and then, we started the COLD FUZION caper.
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Old November 13th, 2004, 09:16 PM
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The Gateway Adventure in the Gateway Domain Pdf does let onto the narcotics smuggling aspect of interstellar crime in the COLD FUZION adventure.
I had version 1 with me at Gencon 2003. I extrapolated the red herring angled Opposition gang, aka the "Red Talent" as a powerful offowrld group out of the said Crucis margin region. Well, looking THERE, I found the Mercantile Concord--such a Lovely place for a polity with byzantine politics, and an "anything-goes" commerial attitude.
As it was, I added to the adventure that a lot of "suit breach" missing folk hadn't not only wound up at the secret drug lab, but many had also been shipped off world and into white slavery--Quaran isn't far away (Law level 0). That, and the Pharmacom Medical Examiner was also part of the ring.
Seems they had a market for red-haired folks (both genders). They weren't nice folk, and my players weren't kind to them when they got to the bad guys either.

Yes, some worlds will pay enormous sums of cash for other people, or their body parts! I worked up charitable Foundation that sponsored legal organ cloning. Trouble was, several systems away, they took those clone samples and were making worker-genotype folk to work in the mining industry, in order to avoid having to fret about Unions. The Mining Corporation got cheap manual labor, the governement got its ores to its refineries back to the Industrial world...and the players hit the tip of the iceberg stopping by with an incidental cargo when they noticed, save for hair & eye color, lotsa of the folk at the starport looked alike...in a spooky way....
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Old November 13th, 2004, 09:50 PM
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Just FYI...

A really _great_ science fiction book (actually: trilogy) set in a relativelyTraveller-like universe that also features illegal slavery run by organized crime is...

Flesh and Gold
by Phyllis Gotlieb

The other two books are: Violent Stars, and Mindworlds.

I can't recommend them enough!

(Please note that they are somewhat challenging reads, so if you try it, make yourself read the first half before giving up...)

Thanks,
Dan
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Old November 14th, 2004, 10:01 AM
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Having done some research on the web, I've cobbled together a sort of shadow imperium that loosely controls most illegal activities in human space

- A strong history tracing back to Earth mobs like La Cosa Nostra, the Triads, the Yakuza, and the Red Mafia (the Vilani authorities claim organize crime did not exist in their space until contact with Terra)

- Consists of members of nearly every species but is dominated by humans and Vargr

- Structure is extremely fluid; no one boss knows of the detailed activities of others and gangs vary greatly in size and strength

- Culture is heavily influenced by romantic images of the cunning Vargr corsair and the honorable Aslan warrior (to the point that Vargr and Aslan words are used liberally as slang)

- Hiver (think Hutts) influence is strictly behind the scenes (as always) and often limited to fencing of goods, designing capers, laundering funds, and maintaining relations with other organizations

- Individual organizations sponsor piracy, smuggling, vice crimes, white slavery, murder for hire, extortion, narcotics dealing, and racketeering

- Bosses maintain influences in legitimate business such as shipping, construction, mining, investment banking, politics, and organized labor

- The organization as a whole maintains mutually beneficial relations with several Imperial intelligence organizations and numerous mega-corporations; but this doesn't protect the low level operatives from prosecution or worse
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Old November 14th, 2004, 12:10 PM
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Quote:
Originally posted by Ran Targas:
Having done some research on the web, I've cobbled together a sort of shadow imperium that loosely controls most illegal activities in human space
OMG!!!

What is it about that simple statement, "Shadow Imperium", that's so cool from the outset?

It's not like it's original, or anything. It just crystalizes many thoughts and possibilities for me.

Thanks, Ran! [img]smile.gif[/img]


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- Individual organizations sponsor piracy, smuggling, vice crimes, white slavery, murder for hire, extortion, narcotics dealing, and racketeering
Wouldn't that be "sophont slavery?"


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- Bosses maintain influences in legitimate business such as shipping, construction, mining, investment banking, politics, and organized labor
Heck, they could be board members of Megacorporations. Isolated by so many layers of insulation that they're untouchable . . . if you look at Megacorporations closely, they resemble organized crime syndicates, anyway, so the connection is just sitting there.


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- The organization as a whole maintains mutually beneficial relations with several Imperial intelligence organizations and numerous mega-corporations; but this doesn't protect the low level operatives from prosecution or worse
[cut, paste, whirr-hmmmm]

Ran. That was most excellent!
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Old November 14th, 2004, 04:13 PM
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OMG!!!

What is it about that simple statement, "Shadow Imperium", that's so cool from the outset?

It's not like it's original, or anything. It just crystalizes many thoughts and possibilities for me.

Thanks, Ran! [img]smile.gif[/img]
With the similarities between the structure of the mob and the Imperial feudal system, it seemed the most appropriate term.
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Old December 3rd, 2004, 02:31 PM
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What!?! Nobody plays criminals, smugglers, or pirates anymore?
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Most organsied crime is very similar to business.

Big crime bosses are no different from CEOs and chairmen. Except they tend to have more morals of course.
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