The Italian Mafia, also known as La Cosa Nostra, has a strong presence in Night City. Headquartered in Little Italy, the Mob is engaged in many criminal activities including running protection schemes, drug trafficking, money laundering and illegal gambling.
Shortly after the founding of Night City, Vito Giovanni, a capo in the Chicago Mob, left with twenty soldiers to lay claim to the newly developed city. They claimed territory in the northwestern part of the city. Their presence attracted Italian-American families and soon after, this area became known as Little Italy. The Night City Italian Mafia, more specifically The Giovanni Family, is relatively small with approximately 50 “made” members, and approximately 150-200 associates.
PROMINENT MEMBERS OF THE Giovanni FAMILY:
Boss: Don Vito Giovanni (The Boss)
Underboss: Luigi Rossi
Consigliere: Angelo Romano
Caporegime: Gianluca Bruno
Caporegime: Tommaso “Tommy Fats” DiGiorgio
Caporegime: Luciano “Lucky” De Luca
Caporegime: Giovanni “Baby Face” Gambino
Other notable Mafiosos include notorious hitter Frankie “Two Guns” Morello and Gino Giovanni, the Don’s childre.
ABOUT MAFIA STRUCTURE
Boss/Don/Godfather: Also known as the “capo famiglia” or “Capo Crimini”, this is the highest level in the criminal organization.
Underboss: Also known as the “capo bastone” in some criminal organizations, this individual is the second-in-command. The underboss is sometimes a family member, such as a son, who will take over the family if the don is sick, killed, or sent to prison. He is responsible for ensuring that profits from criminal enterprises flow up to the boss, and generally oversees the selection of the caporegime(s) and soldier(s) to carry out murder.
Consigliere: Also known as an advisor or “right-hand man,” a consigliere is a counselor to the boss of a crime family. The boss, underboss, and consigliere constitute a three-man ruling panel, or “Administration.” The consigliere is third ranked in the hierarchy but does not have capos or soldiers working for him. Like the boss, there is usually only one consigliere per criminal organization.
Caporegime: Also known as a captain, skipper, capo, or “crew chief,” the caporegime was originally known as a “capodecina” (captain of ten) because he oversaw only 10 soldiers. In more recent times, the caporegime may oversee as many soldiers as he can efficiently control
Soldato: Also known as a sgarrista, soldier, “button man,” or “made man”. This is the lowest level of mobster or gangster.A “soldier” must have taken the omertà (oath of silence),and in some organizations must have killed a person in order to be considered “made.” A picciotto is a low-level soldier, usually someone who does the day-to-day work of threatening, beating, and intimidating others.
Associate: Also known as a “giovane d’onore” (man of honor), an associate is a person who is not a soldier in a crime family, but works for them and shares in the execution of and profits from the criminal enterprise. In Italian criminal organizations, “associates” are usually members of the criminal organization who are not of Italian descent. In most typical cases, an associate who’s not of Italian ethnicity may never rise above this rank. However, there have been exceptions."
All members and associates adhere to Omerta, the code of silence:
The categorical prohibition of cooperation with state authorities or reliance on its services, even when one has been victim of a crime.
The Mob subcribes to 10 Commandments:
1. No-one can present himself directly to another of our friends. There must be a third person to do it.
2. Never look at the wives of friends.
3. Never be seen with cops.
4. Don’t go to pubs and clubs.
5. Always being available for Cosa Nostra is a duty – even if your wife’s about to give birth.
6. Appointments must absolutely be respected.
7. Wives must be treated with respect.
8. When asked for any information, the answer must be the truth.
9. Money cannot be appropriated if it belongs to others or to other families.
10. People who can’t be part of Cosa Nostra: anyone who has a close relative in the police, anyone with a two-timing relative in the family, anyone who behaves badly and doesn’t hold to moral values.