Adventures in a Decaying Empire
Also- Familia et Gentes Latinae Populusque.
The Family is a largely single ethnic organized crime syndicate. They were originally founded to protect their own ethnic minority from the prejudice and depredations against their folk by the legal authorities and ethnic majorities within the Empire. They rapidly began to exert an unhealthy level of control over their own people though, and grew to control a large amount of organized crime outside of the ghettos where their own folk dwelled. They have had few problems assimilating other organized crime factions over the years (including other ethnic syndicates), and have worked ceaselessly to maneuver their own members into the “legitimate” offices of the Empire, the Church, the cities where they have influence and pretty much any other organization that could possibly be corrupted. They are the main driving force behind the illegal drug trade, across the continent, illicit slaves and other human trafficking, and even legal (but seedy) things like prostitution and gambling.
Being intertwined with illicit and legal trades, and having positioned themselves into the halls of power at many levels, they have become quite powerful