NEW ERA OF ORGANIZED CRIME
Balkan TOC(Transnational Organized Crime groups) are politically and financially motivated groups influenced by, associated with, or originating from Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Greece, and Romania. These organized crime groups cause significant financial harm to the United States every year.
WAYS OF THE NEW TRADITION
Unlike traditional organized crime groups such as Italian mafia, Russian bratva and the rest, Balkan groups do not appear to operate under a traditional hierarchy, but rather around ethnic associations, friendship and family ties. They also appear to be more agile, organic, and project based. Balkan criminal groups are adept at adopting new technologies such as increasing their ability to expand their criminal market base through cyber enabled fraud. These groups engage in a lot of criminal activity including passport fraud, access device fraud, identify theft, healthcare fraud, real estate fraud, insurance fraud, money laundering, drug trafficking, human smuggling, prostitution, firearm smuggling and extortion.
CODE OF HONOR, LOYALTY, BESA
Organized crime in the Balkans has its roots in the traditional clan structures. In these largely rural countries, people organized into clans with large familial ties for protection and mutual assistance. Starting in the 15th century, clan relationships operated under the kanun, or code, which values loyalty and besa, or secrecy. Each clan established itself in specific territories and controlled all activities in that territory. Protection of activities and interests often led to violence between the clans. The elements inherent in the structure of the clans provided the perfect backbone for what is considered modern day Balkan organized crime.
DOORS TO THE WORLD
Many years of communism led to black market activities in the Balkans, but the impact of these activities was limited to the region. When communism collapsed in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it led to the expansion of Balkan organized crime activities around the globe. Criminal markets once closed to Balkan groups suddenly opened, and this led to the creation of an international network. Within the Balkans, organized crime groups infiltrated the new democratic institutions, further expanding their profit opportunities.
NIGHTMARE OF THE PAST AND PRESENT DAYS
Grupa Kalifornija(California Group) was once wealthy, notorious and influential organization in the outskirts of Los Santos, in a small town of Montgomery to be exact. It had ties with the US goverment in the past and was strong and very organized. Nowdays the group struggles and are defunct. Some of their members ended up dead but the most ended up in prison due to the goverment figures turning on them. They are now looking for a place to build their criminal network from the ashes again, most likely moving to a nearby city of Los Santos.
We will start this faction from the bottom again so we will not start as big guys we once were ICly, we will build this faction from the bottom again because we think it is fair to all the other factions that are on the server as well. This faction aims to portray realistic structure of Balkan mafia in America. We promote only quality and realistic roleplay, that is why we require certain skills from our members. Information used in the thread is only with OOC purposes. For any questions, feel free to PM me on forums or on my discord, Dortex#2612.
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