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Sacra Corona Unita - The United Sacred Crown

Postby Sozza on Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:05 pm

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La Sacra Corona Unita - The United Sacred Crown
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Sacra Corona Unita, (SCU) or United Sacred Crown, is a Mafia-like criminal organization from Apulia (in Italian Puglia) region in Southern Italy, and is especially active in the areas of Brindisi, Lecce and Taranto. Informer Cosimo Capodieci said the SCU used "the Corona because it resembles a crown, meaning the rosary typically used in Church in order to carry out the functions of Jesus Christ and the cross... Unita because it was necessary to be connected to one another, similar to the rings of a chain." A few single clans have been identified in the United States, there are some links to individuals in California and Florida. The Sacra Corona Unita is also involved in money laundering, extortion, and political corruption.

The Sacra Corona Unita is a coalition of criminal groups formed in the early 1980s. Although it has characteristics of urban gangs, the SCU is more correctly defined in terms of a gangsteristic-mafioso phenomenon. To the extent that it does have a code of conduct and an elaborated hierarchical structure as well as an ample capacity for the manipulation and infiltration of institutions, SCU units can qualify as a true and proper system of integrated mafia clans.

The SCU, located in the region Puglia, in the "heel" of the Italian peninsula, is called the Fourth Mafia, because it was formed in recent decades, unlike the much older and well-established Sicilian, Calabrian and Neapolitan mafias.

The Fourth Mafia has shown a remarkable ability to infiltrate institutions, especially those of contracting and subcontracting. Selected companies have been singled out for mafioso penetration, as has been the case in the cities of Terlizzi, Gallipoli, Modugno and Surbo. Workers in the construction trades appear to be "in the eye of the cyclone," according to testimonies of SUC informers. Hundreds of SUC affiliates are now functioning in Taranto, Brindisi and Lecce. The Fourth Mafia structure is horizontal, giving a certain freedom of action to the individual clans, which control a number of financial firms. A two-year investigation, called Centurione, uncovered a thriving drug enterprise across the Adriatic Sea to Puglia directed by a combine of a SUC clan, Tornese di Monterone, and Albanian criminals.

The SCU was originally founded in the late 1970s as the Nuova Grande Camorra Pugliese (current Società foggiana) by Camorra boss Raffaele Cutolo, who wanted to expand his operations into Puglia. A few years later with the downfall of Cutolo, however, the organization began operating alone under the leadership of Giuseppe Rogoli. Under his leadership the SCU mixed Pugliese interests and opportunities with 'Ndrangheta and Camorra traditions. Originally preying on Puglia's substantial wine and olive oil industries, the group moved into fraud, gunrunning and drug trafficking and made alliances with international criminal organizations such as the Russian and Albanian mafias, Colombian drug cartels, Chinese Triads, and Japanese Yakuza.





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The SCU is composed of three società, groupings or levels: Società Minore, Società Maggiore, and Società Segreta. To each of these ranked orders---Minor, Major, Secret—there are corresponding doti, that is, grades or statuses within the organization, which are interconnected in a hierarchy of command, and each carrying defined functions, obligations, and norms of behavior. Members, if declared worthy, can graduate from Minor to Major to Secret—one dote to the next—by accomplishment, through the rituals of the riti battesimali, the rites of baptism. (Notice the religious connotations, which strongly influence language and action.)

At the lowest, entrance level, the Società Minore, is found the dote of picciotteria or camorra (a reference to the apprentices called picciotti), who do the street work, and perform on the promise that "to serve today in order to be served tomorrow"—meaning an equal opportunity employer with advancement opportunities for all. On entering the criminal brotherhood, all picciotti have the possibility of reaching positions of dominance and command. Picciotti perform the functions of worker or soldier. They are many, the turnover great. Those who aspire to enter the brotherhood are motivated by a desire for social and economic mobility and, often as not, by the need to seek communion with a close-knit "family" of like-minded persons of similar backgrounds. Before the bestowal of the dote of camorrista, the person must go through a probationary period of forty days, to demonstrate that he has the necessary prerequisites for a criminal career, and has no connection with the police. On successful completion, the candidate is formally inducted into the organization as a manovalanza, a worker. In accepting the grade of Società Minore, the candidate must state as follows: "I swear on the point of this fist, to be faithful to this formal societal body, to reject father, mother, brothers and sisters, up to the seventh generation; I swear to divide hundredth per hundredth and thousandth per thousandth until the last droplet of blood, with one foot in the grave and the other chained in order to give a strong embrace to prison." There are no other affiliations before me—the candidate renounces all worldly relationships and turns to complete and utter fidelity in the SUC and its members; he drops out of the conventional life to enter the confines of the underworld subculture that his new comrades represent.

A picciotto can, in the course of his criminal career, succeed to the second category, the Società Maggiore, which has two statuses, Lo Sgarro and La Santa. The first dote is given only to those who have committed at least three killings as ordered by the SCU. Once a Sgarro, the affiliate can only leave the organization on pain of death. He now can form a filiale, a branch or clan of picciotti, who report to him and occupies a designated territory. Sgarro affiliates can recognize each other by a rose tattoo on the right foot or the position of a Neapolitan playing card in a predefined position. The Santa grade is conferred at midnight by capos of superior grade. The rite of bestowal of the dote include the consignment of the following objects to the nominee: a cyanide pill, a rifle or a pistol, a lemon, a wad of cotton wool, a needle, three white silk handkerchiefs, and the so-called spartenza (in the sense of division of spoils).

The cyanide is to be used in case of difficulty, in order not to betray the society. Death is preferable to collaboration with the authorities. The firearm is a symbol of fidelity, to be used on oneself in case of failure to live up to the exacting expectations of the SCU. The cotton represents Monte Bianco (Mont-Blanc in the western Alps at 4708 meters), considered sacred. The lemon represents the obligation to attend to the wounds of one’s comrades. The needle is to puncture the index finger of the right hand, mixed with lemon juice, another sign of fidelity. The handkerchiefs represent purity of spirit, and the spartenza consists usually of a gift of cigarettes.

By reaching the third, and ultimate, level, the Società Segreta, the affiliate is now in the core of the criminal organizational structure. There we find the General Council, composed of the all-powerful, decision-making members. Only those individuals who possess those well-honed criminal and administrative instincts essential to leadership and the actualization of criminal ventures attain the top grades. Those who reach the apex of the organization swear an oath of trustworthiness, to never betray the padrino or the other men of honor. "I would rather rip out my heart and hand it to my padrino, have it sliced and distributed to the General Council than betray my sacred brotherhood. I swear, moreover, solemnly, in both good and bad, in calm and tempest, my padrino is inviolable, my brother of blood, and not even a universal flood can put an end to this union, sealed with our blood." Among other reasons, the vows of honor taken by SCU members are meant to prevent the infiltration of the police into their ranks as well as to prevent any member from disavowing all honor, and turning state’s evidence. What is known about the SCU at present is largely due to evidence given by turncoats. As foolish as these swearing-in ceremonies may appear to some, there is a good rationale. For if they are not broken, any attempts to gather sufficient evidence for indictments would be seriously hampered.



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S. CAMPOSA

GIVEN NAME(S): SALVATORE GIANCARLO
SURNAME: CAMPOSA
ALIAS(ES): "SAL", "BUZZ", "OLD MAN"
BORN: APRIL 19, 1965
BIRTH PLACE: APULIA, ITALY
CONVICTION(S): RACKEETERING AND CONSPIRACY
PENALTY: TEN YEARS
CURRENT STATUS: UNKNOWN
POSITION:
SOCIETA SEGRETA - PADRINO




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A.BASILE

GIVEN NAME(S): ANTHONY RICHARD
SURNAME: BASILE
ALIAS(ES): "TONE", "CEE"
BORN: JULY 22 1959
BIRTH PLACE: QUEENS, NEW YORK
CONVICTION(S): - CIGARETTES AND ARMS SMUGGLING, POLITICAL CORRUPTION, EXTORTION
PENALTY: 30 YEARS
CURRENT STATUS: UNKNOWN
POSITION:
SOCIETA SEGRETA




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C. PALAZZO

GIVEN NAME(S): CARMINE ANTONIO
SURNAME: PALAZZO
ALIAS(ES): "SANTA", "GRANDPA"
BORN: MAY 25, 1958
BIRTH PLACE: APULIA, ITALY
CONVICTION(S): RACKEETERING
PENALTY: SEVEN YEARS
CURRENT STATUS: UNKNOWN
POSITION:
SOCIETA SEGRETA




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S.GALIENA

GIVEN NAME(S): SAMUEL FRANCO
SURNAME: GALIENA
ALIAS(ES): "FRANK", "GALI"
BORN: FEBRUARY, 21, 1978
BIRTH PLACE: FOGGIA, ITALY
CONVICTION(S): -
PENALTY: -
CURRENT STATUS: UNKNOWN
POSITION:
SOCIETA SEGRETA




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V.MANFREDI

GIVEN NAME(S): VINCENZO GIACOMO
SURNAME: MANFREDI
ALIAS(ES): "CHINCHENZO", "VINNY", "THE CHIN"
BORN:JANUARY 28, 1968
BIRTH PLACE: APULIA, ITALY
CONVICTION(S): PORNOGRAPHY
PENALTY: FOUR YEARS
CURRENT STATUS: UNKNOWN
POSITION:
SOCIETA MAGGIORE - LO SGARRO




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G.VOZZA

GIVEN NAME(S): GIANLUCA VITALE
SURNAME: VOZZA
ALIAS(ES): "GIANNI", "LUCA", "LUCKY"
BORN: MARCH 02, 1975
BIRTH PLACE: LECCE, ITALY
CONVICTION(S): PEOPLE SMUGGLING
PENALTY: 0 - CASE DROPPED
CURRENT STATUS: UNKNOWN
POSITION:
SOCIETA MAGGIORE - LA SANTA


Salvatore Camposa
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Salvatore Giancarlo Camposa (1965) is an Italian mobster and a member of Società Segreta - The Secret Society within the SCU. Former Camorra member and ex-padrino, also called the Buzz. Camposa allegedly earned the nickname "Buzz" from his psychotic behavior and violent temper. As a teenager, Camposa worked as a messenger for the Vincenzo Casarachhia, Camorra member and was doing small-time jobs for middle class mobsters. Salvatore began working for Vincenzo when he was twenty two, he was noticed very quickly and in a few years he was next to the most dangerous criminals from Camorra. in 1988, Camposa was selected for a padrino of the SCU clan in Lecce. After five long years of his cadence, Camposa became one of the most wanted criminals in Italy and later was sentenced for conspiracy to murder, after ordering a hit on V.Boccarelli, judge leading the trial against one of the Società Segreta members. Camposa's people planted a bomb under Boccarelli's car, which exploded later in a crowded area, killing three random pedestrians and hurting two other people. After ten years in prison Camposa was released for good behavior. It is believed that Camposa was sent over to United States in order to form a clan along with his fellow mafia brothers, Benito Tozzi and Carmine Palazzo.


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The next generation of mobsters
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Since Salvatore Camposa, Carmine Palazzo and Benito Tozzi are true members of the Sacred Crown, the organization is able to keep all rituals in shape. From all appearances, the Sacra Corona Unita has the makings of a mafia, true and proper, as seen by its precise set of rules, a shared and valued criminal subculture, and a structure that is developing along strong hierarchical lines. Currently every criminal organization from Italy is trying to expand the territory. There are five main organizations in Italy. First of all 'Ndrangheta from Calabria, not as violent and famous as the Sicilian Cosa Nostra but still very powerful. Then Banda Della Magliana from Rome, Neapolitan Camorra and the Apulian Sacra Corona Unita. 'Ndrangheta and La Cosa Nostra are slowly dying out, most of the clans were disbanded, members ended up either in prison or dead. There are only a few LCN clans left, a few familes and inviduals who would rather prefer to stay out of the picture, while new generations of mobsters are taking over the cities, Banda Della Magliana, Camorra and Sacra Corona Unita. Last two started the process of globalization, we got clans and individuals in United States, Canada, Europe and even Asia. We are witnessing a birth of new era. An Era of young and ambitious mobsters.


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OOC:

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We are very selective when it comes to recruiting, the faction is trying to keep the highest standards of roleplay, that's why only skilled and exceptional roleplayers will be able to join. For now the faction is based on European timezones but of course we've got a few individuals from US and Canada. The members should know their way around the server and need to know and follow all LS-RP rules either in game, on forums, IRC or TeamSpeak. Proper grammar and excellent english skills is a must. We're accepting people who know what they're doing, roleplayers with real passion and some sense of roleplay. Recruitment is done through in-character methods. Do not PM members about joining.

You noticed? It's not another LCN faction, we're trying to be original and take mobsters roleplay to another level. Our members are either roleplaying Italian characters who moved from Italy, or American based criminals who were connected with SCU for years. We're accepting both, Italian and American-Italian characters. The Sacred Crown or La Sacra Corona Unita is a real life global mafia that has it's roots in Southern Italy. We want to portray accurately whatever it is we do. Don't call us "one of the five families." This faction has nothing to do with Cosa Nostra.

Keep the thread clean, Irrelevant posts will be deleted. If you got any questions regarding the faction, feel free to PM me.

The thread isn't done yet, most likely it will be updated.


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Re: Sacra Corona Unita - The United Sacred Crown

Postby Snowflame on Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:06 pm

There it is, have fun!
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Re: Sacra Corona Unita - The United Sacred Crown

Postby alldaylong. on Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:07 pm

Have fun, Sozza, looks promising.
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Re: Sacra Corona Unita - The United Sacred Crown

Postby Vule on Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:07 pm

There it is, take it far Sozza!
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Re: Sacra Corona Unita - The United Sacred Crown

Postby Masiello on Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:09 pm

Good luck guys, nice thread layout. You take this far.
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Re: Sacra Corona Unita - The United Sacred Crown

Postby theGREEDY on Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:12 pm

Looks promising, take it far and have fun with it.
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Re: Sacra Corona Unita - The United Sacred Crown

Postby William_Varacelli on Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:13 pm

Sozza leading a faction like this? Holy shit, this will succeed, there's no doubt about that. Good luck and I look forward to seeing some screenshots and roleplay from you fellas both over the forums and through in-game methods!
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Re: Sacra Corona Unita - The United Sacred Crown

Postby viewnity on Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:13 pm

Looks very promising, might consider joining you guys! Good luck.
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Re: Sacra Corona Unita - The United Sacred Crown

Postby Ministry on Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:17 pm

This is gold. I can see this faction going places.
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Re: Sacra Corona Unita - The United Sacred Crown

Postby Paddison on Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:18 pm

Good luck man.
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Re: Sacra Corona Unita - The United Sacred Crown

Postby AnDre on Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:31 pm

Amazing, Sozza. I know the people that you've gathered are more than capable roleplayers. Best of luck and take this far.
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Re: Sacra Corona Unita - The United Sacred Crown

Postby Sixersation on Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:04 pm

Very, very interested in this one! Make it count, Sozza!
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Re: Sacra Corona Unita - The United Sacred Crown

Postby Ali_Yousaf on Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:11 pm

Best of luck guys, this'll go far.
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Re: Sacra Corona Unita - The United Sacred Crown

Postby Guns on Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:31 pm

I know that you'll take this far and not let it die, I might even RP with you all some day. Good luck.
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Re: Sacra Corona Unita - The United Sacred Crown

Postby raketa on Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:37 pm

Holy shit. I can't wait to see you guys in action!
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