The Mafia originated from the Sicilian clan-families of the Cosa Nostra. For years, nobody believed the Mafia really existed, which helped them consolidate their position performing their activities like ghosts. Today, the Mob is still the single most powerful organized crime network in the States, not counting the Corporations; they achieved this through violence, corruption and lots of hard work. Like many criminal syndicates, they maintain legitimate holdings, but make the bulk of their money through illegal activities. They have become masters of striking from the shadows of legitimate organizations, retreating before anyone realized what went on. In many ways, this makes them more dangerous than other criminal organizations; you don’t know you’ve upset them until you’re dead. And then is too late to do something about it.
One element of the mob which remains from the old days is the principle of the Family. The Mafia Family provides the Italian community, or others, with a wealth of goods and services ranging from special offers on goods, through loans of desperately needed cash, to settlement of domestic disputes. It is because of this support that the Mafia commands an amazing loyalty within their communities. “Payback” is a very familiar word within these lower class neighborhoods.
Like any organization that wants to be someone in 2077, the Mafia became experts in maintaining their long-term interest through the use of political corruption. They’re Italian, after all. No single organization is more successful or persuasive in this area, not even corporations, corrupting officials is a way of life for the mob, they are in a position to offer their “clients” a phenomenal amount of assistance with their careers, in addition to financial aid. Because in 2077, money doesn’t just talk, it whispers seductively in your ear.