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Hard Drugs Never Hit the Streets The beginning of the end for the mafia was when drugs came involved in mafia business. The mafia made a pretty tidy racket doing some rather laughably mundane things prior to the hard drug trade. One such racket was stealing tanker trucks full of gas and using them to refill mafia owned gas stations. The gas stations would ...


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There's a culture of master/apprentice relationships, where each high-ranking witch has a few protégés. The high-ranking witch encourages competition between her apprentices, who are eager to gain her favor. However, this works hierarchically. The high-ranking witch is one of a few apprentices of an older, even more powerful witch. Members are held ...


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I don't have to worry one bit about your average thug hurting me. So you don't need to knock people out. Note that ordinary superheroes (the police) don't knock people out (and a taser does not do this ). In particular policing in my country (Ireland) is essentially unarmed and the police normally tackle and subdue criminals (violent ones) without extreme ...


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Crack down on the small players, the tougher it is to be one of the small players the more they'll unite to become big players. The big players will then crack down on the small players themselves. After that all you need to do is formalise the bribery into a system of taxes and you're all set for officially sanctioned organised crime. Vetinari would be ...


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Karate student of 30 years - you cant. Knocking someone out requires striking the skull with sufficient force to bruise the brain. Brains have limited healing capacity. The brain is two hemispheres of fatty tissue connected by a short but thick segment of the same kind of tissue. The two hemispheres float independently in the cerebrospinal fluid, so ...


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He knows the future. He knows that real money/power comes from technology. He needs technology for the future invasion. So... he educates the mob's children. Send them to college/university. Have them study in economics, chemistry, physics, law. Have them become doctors and engineers. After graduation, establish companies, research centers, law firms, ...


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Recipe for creating your own brand of Yakuza First you need a crime family core. Unlike the silly movies portraits where single gang consists of criminals of many races and ethnicities the real crime gangs are organized along the "tribal" lines. There must be some ties that bind the gang members together so they won't rat on each other and police would ...


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You could turn the system so that the lowest-stage witches need a power investment from the witch higher up. Say, they don't come to the coven themselves, but instead more experienced witches need to find new recruits and become their patrons. In order for these new witches to be able to do at least something, and also to ensure their loyalty, elder witches ...


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Mana produced by a younger person is more pure, while, with the progress of age, together with the amount produced, grows also the contamination of mana due to life experiences. Purity is a highly valuable aspect when it comes to magic rituals. Just remember how many times the blood of a virgin is requested.


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We often think of things like nations as being neat entities with clear cut boundaries and rules, but the reality is that the state exists only where it can enforce itself. Some places are controlled by defacto states under a dejure national blanket, be they criminal, terrorist, or religious. I'm going to discuss the issues and potential solutions you may ...


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Because they can't fight back. Children are young and inexperienced. True, the elderly can't use as much magic as a child, but they have vast reserves and decades of experience. There are dozens of magic systems that raw strength will get trumped by skill, because of how little power it takes to counter magic if you use the correct counter magic. For ...


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If a lion, a tiger or an alligator, though being able of crunching an animal with a bite of their jaw, can gently hold and carry their cubs using the very same jaws, I can imagine that also a superhero, though being super strong, is able of modulating the strength he exercises. Using this modulation he can restrain the tug and, once restrained, use ...


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Short answer: Bring the mafia into the political / governmental sphere The destruction of the Mafia was due to a variety of factors including: New laws that dismantled corrupt organizations (RICO) Edgar Hoover's FBI focused more on mafia crime as it was exposed Italian immigrants began to have more job opportunity outside of direct crime Culture began to ...


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As a short-term solution, your fictional country would develop informal but clear lists of unacceptable targets. Just as real-world police get really upset about cop killers and child molesters, your fictional cops will investigate any crime against a tourist, and they will investigate any crime against a well-connected merchant, but they will not ...


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As has been noted, you cannot safely render someone unconscious. Even disabling techniques such as tasers carry a risk of killing. There's a reason that most people refer to such weapons as "Less than Lethal" weapons, not 'Non-lethal.' So... Frame Challenge: You don't need to knock them out In fact, you shouldn't. You have super strength. Even for a ...


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Handcuffs and gentle handling is possible, of course, but what about using mere intimidation? From your questions it seems that we're mostly dealing with common thugs, not some insane revenge-fueled supervillain. Common thugs are very much human. If your superhero is able to show a display of overwhelming raw power, such as shrugging off any attack the ...


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It will obviously vary by time period, culture and the effectiveness of law enforcement. For historical perspective, the non-fiction book Gangs of New York describes the gang activity around 1900 up to the prohibition era New York in the 1920s. (The 2002 movie of the same name used this book as source material.) The book lists 42 organized gangs and a number ...


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The Vegas Mob allegedly did something like this back in the 50's and early 60's. Since the main source of income was skimming the take off gambling it made no sense at all to attack tourists directly. Less tourists= less gambling=less money for Fat Tony and his friends. If you cross Fat Tony, he has resources on the scale of the police, but no annoying ...


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Big bag. from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-frp2gYp2I "Getting them in the sack is the hard part". Your super has a roll of big fabric bags. He has them made special. They are tough. He opens one up and then pulls it over the criminal. Then he closes up the top. It is easy for one super to carry a lot of criminals in their bags. If you have a ...


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Just to make a point... Who says the mafia isn't alive and well in NY? The politicians? Getting elected means showing results, but it's also expensive. The attorneys? They've been on the take forever. The cops? Some die-hard "we gotta clean everything up" types might exist, but most would be happy just dealing with gas station burglaries. So, who says ...


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What is the difference between a protection racket and a tax office? The tax office answers to officials who have been elected/selected with the consent of the governed and who spend the funds for the common good, the protection racket does neither. So imagine you have an organized group which subverts the electoral process to get their people elected as ...


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A few ideas: They can start a company. As seen in: Great Old Ones Limited, or Why does Cthulhu need a Company? Ritual logistics are complex enough to impact on how you fill your taxes. But on the bright side, corporations can do literally anything with impunity once they've got enough cash. We've seen them poisoning water supplies, taking ancestral lands, ...


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They can advance when they realize the occult they are studying is a lie. Western society does like to promote this idea: "one studies for their first part of their life, producing nothing of worth, until they graduate, and then they stop learning and go do things." Every aspect of that phrase is false, but it is the rationale we instill in students in ...


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Mana doesn't technically become stronger with age - it becomes "stiffer", but also more attuned to the user. Everyone generates a more or less static amount of mana throughout their life. In children, however, this mana is fluid and unformed. It takes energy for a child to turn it into magic and manipulate it for useful tasks, so the end result appears ...


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This is impossible to know for sure, but you can do some estimations So we we are going to treat is like a Fermi problem, and do some broad estimations and hopefully end up in an order of magnitude of the correct answer. Depending on your world, you can change any of these numbers to tweak your answer. For the ease of math, we will start with a city with ...


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If you want a group that lives outside of the law to have depth, you have to provide a motivation for them to live like that. Living outside the law isn't easy. In general, laws exist because they provide safety and stability. Being a bandit means that you don't have that safety or stability! So let's take a look at some viable motivations: Your family is ...


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Let's look at how it would affect our modern day world if our law enforcement system were replaced by a bounty hunter system. First of all, we are changing their incentive system. Instead of being paid on salary they are now being paid commission. That will increase their motivation to perform the post-crime duties that law enforcement is responsible for, ...


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Go watch Wise Guys. The real reasons the Mob collapsed were illegal drugs and the declining power of the unions. The old timers knew that drug dealing was a bad idea, but there was/is soooo much money to be made that there's no way you can stop aggressive young members from getting into that line of business, since if the Mafia doesn't, other gangs will. ...


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Energy density and volatility. Ingredients from older people might hold more power, but its harder to release it in a controlled manner over the course of the ritual. Using a lower grade source reduces the chance of failure or even catastrophic backfire. This would also hint on why older people can't use their full potential. Their subconsciousness limits ...


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