Questions tagged [criminal-underworld]

For questions about organizations that exist in opposition to the recognized or dominant power structure. Their ethics may range from Robin Hood to Clockwork Orange. Membership consists of thieves, bandits, or rebels.

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How could a tobacco/nicotine prohibition be efficient?

In The Dictatress and the Navigator (a live-action feature film I am writing, I want to direct myself, and I would like to play some characters within it) (I want to play both the Dictatress and the ...
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How can this prison induce Stockholm syndrome?

(please see note re: name controversy at the end) My world needs a captivity environment that convincingly tends to cause Stockholm syndrome in its captives, leading them to willfully serve their ...
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Illegal Steampunk horse racing after the apocalypse: What format is most profitable?

My pirates need to maximize profit from their illegal horse racing activities But the horses are not normal, they are machines. You can ride on top with difficulty, and it may slow them down. So ...
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Cyberpunk Loan Shark

A central component of the cyberpunk genre is the idea of corporations rising to be the dominant power in the world. I'm working with a setting where urban centers are safe because the corps police ...
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How could my fruit cartel become a national problem?

In a dramedy science-fantasy children's videogame I want to create (by children's, I mean for 8 to 15 years old), Salade de Fruits (which means Fruit Salad) (my first language is French), there is a ...
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How many rival criminal gangs can this fairly small fantasy city support?

The following is the map I am using for a D&D city I've named "Braedon". (It's just a map I found on google image search that I colored in.) I have established that this is a city with ...
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How can an armed group travel to and attack a rival group in another country?

I have a world where the different countries feature various types of organized groups, some are criminal groups (mafia type organizations) and others are non-criminal but they are both armed and ...
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How can I pivot my goon creation factory to a subscription based model?

I am a rising entrepreneur who has plans of cornering a lucrative niche market for myself. Whether you are a rising super villian in battle with heroes, or a criminal mastermind bent on taking over ...
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Underground fight club realism

My story revolves around illegal fight club, one where opponents get serious and fights sometimes end in fatality. There is one problem though, I want to make more or less inclusive and appealing to ...
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How can two mermaids (one paralyzed), escape underwater prison built to capture their kind? Also, what kind of prison will that be? [closed]

The situation on which my question is based, two mermaids are imprisoned in an underwater prison unit. This city is on top of a plateau. Hence, mers mostly move horizontally like humans and often ...
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How can the underworld nurture a relationship with the political elite? [closed]

I, John Gotti, am remembered as the greatest criminal Mastermind in American history. I became the head of La Costra Nostra, an underworld group of Italian businessmen who were unjustly prosecuted by ...
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How many gangs (criminal and non-criminal) can fit in a fictional crime-ridden New York City?

So, I'm writing a fictional story about gangs and the city I'm using as the setting is loosely based on New York. More specifically, the size of New York City, and the population. I checked on Google ...
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How can an urban street gang develop into a nationwide criminal organization?

Inner city street gangs are often made up of minority groups in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Bloods, crips, latin kings, etc are just a fee of these groups that plague their communities and make their ...
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What would make low-quality mana more valuable for use in a ritual?

Mana is the life force of the human soul, which allows us to function as we do. As a person gets older, their mana supply increases, which makes them potentially stronger in the use of magic. However, ...
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How can you discreetly advertise underground death matches?

I, Rex Machismo, have determined that modern society has robbed this generation of its male identity. Gone are the days of conquerors, where we met each other on the field of battle with sword and ...
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How can I oversee the logistics of a sinister operation that operate under one umbrella organization?

800,000 children are reported missing every year in the U.S., roughly 2,000 a day. The majority of these kids are abducted by a species known as the Lamia, creatures masquerading as humans who kidnap ...
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Why would a country be involuntarily involved in stealing prototype weapons of another allied one? [closed]

I want to create a spy story but I lack political or military knowledge to build a solid plot. France discovers that the prototype of one of his last torpedoes, F21 « Artémis », has been stolen while ...
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How can I prevent interns from being expendable?

This particular coven operates as a powerful and wide spanning enterprise focused on accumulating power to direct the world in ways that align with their interests. This group operates similar to ...
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How can crones minimize risks of exposure in a human trafficking enterprise?

A person is born with a certain amount of mana, which increases with age and peaks at a certain point. Individuals are born with all the mana they will ever have, but it can be refined with practice ...
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Do abandoned sewers and underground tunnels really exist like portrayed in movies? [closed]

In movies there are man-size tunnels where criminals or main characters are hiding or living. Do such tunnels exist in real life and, if so, why are they not controlled. Why is there still power on?
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Could organised crime gangs have ever usurped government in the United States of America?

The place: The United States of America. The time: Whenever organised crime bosses think that they could have a chance of succeeding, between the English recognition of the US as an independent ...
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How could the Mafia retain its power in New York into the new century?

A mutant who sees multiple futures has predicted that the world will be invaded by aliens. Every future ends disastrously for the human race with us being wiped out. The only one in which we survive ...
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How could successfully fostering a working relationship with the U.S. government have helped protect the mafia from prosecution? [closed]

The Racketeering laws basically killed the mob and prevented any chance of them returning to the glory days. For decades, the mafia godfathers were able to insulate themselves from prosecution, ...
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How to safely capture someone when you have super-strength

In the question How to safely knock someone out, it was explained to me that there isn't such a way. In which case, for a prospective superhero with super-strength and super-durability, what would be ...
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How to safely knock someone out

I'm the new superhero on the block. I've got the classic powerset - super-strength and super-durability. I don't have to worry one bit about your average thug hurting me. On the contrary, I'm really ...
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Is segregation inevitable in my unorthodox prison world? [closed]

I came up with this idea of creating this world, where the worst of the worst of a fantastic non-magical world are sent to this prison "realm" which keeps expanding chamber by chamber. The story ...
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How to organize crime?

A middle income country with weak institutions, which is heavily dependent on tourism and trade for its foreign currency, has a problem with rising crime rates. There are many petty criminals from ...
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An ID for Nobody [closed]

There's a person. This individual doesn't have and ID, or a birth certificate, nor any document of any kind. They are not recorded as ever being citizen of any country. They possess knowledge and ...
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What is stopping terrorists from creating a super virus to wipe out all of humanity?

What is stopping terrorists from creating a super virus to wipe out all of humanity? All the while vaccinating themselves to be immune to their bio-engineered virus. Its like an invisible nuke, ...
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How to make criminal underworld to change into league of gentlemen?

Underworld is often understood as something criminal, standing out of law, sometimes also standing against ruler. It is quite well known that some criminals (mostly murders of children or so) don't ...
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Growing magical creatures tissues in vitro

Context The setting of this question is basically our world, with magical creatures hiding among us. They are from different races, and can be human-like (witches, santas, succubi...) or not (kitsune,...
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Is it viable to have a legal system based on bounty hunters in a modern high fantasy setting?

I'm working on a high-fantasy alternate world setting, I explained it a bit here. But think of a deconstruction of tolkienesque fantasy. It's a society populated by humanoids, some based in ...
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Methods for filling in your world - Brigands, Bandits, Rebels and Thieves

These groups are sometimes known as the guys who send the protagonist their journey, or providers of an unexpected safe haven from the powers that be, or maybe just fodder for a character showing off ...
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