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SHADY & SHIFTY
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGD2N5hJ2e0)

1919, England. The Great War is over and many young, scarred men and boys are returning home. Things weren’t like they were before France. They had all lost friends, brothers, sons and fathers. Those who came back weren’t the same lads that left to serve. They had all seen death, weren’t afraid of killing no more. They’d grown hard and cold. Now they had families to take care of again, mouths to feed. And many of them realized that in the cold, miserable, corrupt and unequal cities of England, the best ways of making money weren’t always the cleanest. Everyone could use a few extra quid, so if you could get some, you would.
Doesn’t matter what you have to do for it.


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In this forum rp, you don’t play as a nation like in most frp’s, instead you play as one of 20th century Britain’s many gangs, competing over scores, territory and other aspects of gangster business. It’s freeform, meaning you don’t have to keep points and the likes in mind, but remain realistic; you’ll have to be clever to get what you want and nothing is off the charts, everyone can be on your wage list for everyone has a price. Along with powergaming, metagaming is obviously not allowed.


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You can either choose one of the following gangs or apply with the proposition of your own gang.

BIRMINGHAM


The Brummagem Boys - Located in Birmingham, this gang led by Billy Kimber consists of Englishmen and make their money by bookmaking and fixing horse races  as well as a diaspora of other criminal activities. If you wish to fix races at Chaltenham racecourse or do big mobster business in the Midlands, you better have the permission of mr. Kimber and his men.

The Peaky Blinders - Another Birmingham gang, housed in Small Heath, the Peaky Blinders are the Brummagem Boys’ main obstacle. These Englishmen, Gypsies and Irishmen are led by Thomas Shelby and  earn their money with similar activities, mainly bookmaking, smuggling and protection rackets. They have the Birmingham police force in their pocket and hold connections with the Camden Town Gang, who they smuggle most of their goods to by boat along the canals of England.

The Lee Family - This large Gypsy family with lots of men controls the countryside of the Black Country and Central Midlands where they live off the land in their wagon camps, rob coaches, carriages and transport boats coming through the area and extort the local population. They frequently rob boats with smuggled goods leaving Birmingham, most of which belong to the Peaky Blinders, who they consider their main rival. The family gang is headed by the matriarch, Esmeralda Lee.


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LONDON

The Yiddishers - One of the many gangs of London, the Jewish Yiddishers, headed by notorious and aggressive Alfie Solomon run their operations from Whitechapel, making the bulk of their money in smuggling their own illegally brew booze and bookmaking. Their main rival is the Sabini Gang who they team up against with the Hoxton Mob, their ally. They work together with the Camden Town Gang in their smuggling efforts.

The Sabini Gang - These Italian immigrants with connections to the Sicilian Maffia are the big boys of London, located in Clerkenwell. Led by Charles Sabini, the so called King of the Racecourse gangs, this gang has got it made, having control over the racefixing at the Epsom horseracing course, the second largest race in the country, as well as running various gambling clubs in central London. This gang has got many enemies, but has the support of many policemen in the centre and south of the city, who they have on their wage list. Their main rivals are the Yiddishers in the city and the Brummagem Boys out on the racecourse.

The Hoxton Mob - The Hoxton Mob, led by Curly Hoxton, has a whole lot of men of various ethnic backgrounds that work in the factories when the gang doesn’t require them, but struggles financially. The gang is based in London’s Soho district where they make money off of protection rackets, running gambling clubs and trying their luck at fixing races at Epsom. They fight against the Sabini’s for control over these clubs, race fixing rights and their territory, having found the need to make an alliance with the Jewish Yiddishers to continue their struggle.

The Elephant and Castle Mob - Another one of the bigger gangs of London, the Elephant and Castle Mob, led by the brothers Wag and Wal MacDonald consists of Englishmen and Scots, their main rival is, again, the Sabini Gang, who they are in a constant war with, both sides regularly killing men of one another. The mob is allied with Billy Kimber’s Brummagem Boys in their fight against the Sabini’s, as well as the Camden Town Gang, while having a mutual respect relation with the Hoxton Mob. The Elephant and Castle Mob makes their money with bookmaking, extortion, counterfeiting and smuggling stolen goods.

The Camden Town Gang - As one of the smaller gangs of London, the Camden Town Gang, ran by George Sage tends to keep out of the bulk of the gang wars in the city, having allied themselves with the Elephant and Castle Mob for protection. They work together on a day to day basis with the Peaky Blinders and the Yiddishers, serving as the primary smuggling port of London, making their money off of selling smuggled and stolen goods like alcohol and weapons. The gang consists mainly out of English and Jewish dockworkers.

The King’s Cross Boys - Another small gang, led by Big Alf White. He previously led the Titanic Gang, but this gang of pickpocketeers and petty thiefs was crushed earlier this year (1919) by the Elephant and Castle Mob. Now he has formed this new gang, the King’s Cross Boys, which consists of the Londoner White Family and men from Soho, where the gang is situated. He has allied himself with the Sabini Gang to form a counterbalance against the Hoxton, Elephant, Yiddisher, Camden Town and Brummagem gangs. The gang has plenty of men, but they are in a constant struggle over territory with the Hoxton Gang and their alliance with the Sabini’s prevents them from making big money on the racing tracks, instead being confined to protection racketing, pickpocketing, theft and extortion.

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APPLICATION:
Discord:

Pick one of the following;

Gang you wish to play:

Gang you want to make:

Gang name:
Leader name:
Location (Can be anywhere in the UK):
Type of members (Englishmen, Jews, Italians, Gypsies etc.):
Primary ways of moneymaking:

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Discord: You have it.

Gang you wish to play: The Sabini Gang

Edited by UnusualBrit

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Gang you want to make:
Gang name: The Rankers
Leader name: Archibald (’Archie’) Montfort
Location (Can be anywhere in the UK): Handsworth (In Birmingham) and Smethwick. They originally set up in Edgbaston and Harborne but found little success in these affluent and upstanding areas, so moved north to Handsworth.
Type of members (Englishmen, Jews, Italians, Gypsies etc.): Primarily British and Irish down-and-outs, who, from the great industrial and aristocratic dynasties of the country, fell into disgrace and poverty. At home neither among the lower classes nor among their own kind, they stick together. Many of them fought as rankers in the Great War, which further darkened their experience. They got their name from the Rudyard Kipling poem ‘Gentlemen Rankers.’
Primary ways of moneymaking: The primary industry of the Rankers is illegal drugs. Whilst they are disgraced, they can pass for respectable upper class members, and thus can trade drugs for large amounts of money to degenerate upper class families. The Rankers also make money subverting the new firearms regulations implemented by Mr. Lloyd George, distributing unlicensed firearms from the continent, a growing industry that may overtake drugs in the long-run. With members composed largely of experienced war veterans, this is a natural progression. The Rankers are a small gang, but highly combative and well-bonded, with an almost military structure of sections, platoons and companies. 

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2 minutes ago, thesmellypocket said:

Gang you want to make:
Gang name: The Rankers
Leader name: Archibald (’Archie’) Montfort
Location (Can be anywhere in the UK): Handsworth (In Birmingham) and Smethwick. They originally set up in Edgbaston and Harborne but found little success in these affluent and upstanding areas, so moved north to Handsworth.
Type of members (Englishmen, Jews, Italians, Gypsies etc.): Primarily British and Irish down-and-outs, who, from the great industrial and aristocratic dynasties of the country, fell into disgrace and poverty. At home neither among the lower classes nor among their own kind, they stick together. Many of them fought as rankers in the Great War, which further darkened their experience. They got their name from the Rudyard Kipling poem ‘Gentlemen Rankers.’
Primary ways of moneymaking: The primary industry of the Rankers is illegal drugs. Whilst they are disgraced, they can pass for respectable upper class members, and thus can trade drugs for large amounts of money to degenerate upper class families. The Rankers also make money subverting the new firearms regulations implemented by Mr. Lloyd George, distributing unlicensed firearms from the continent, a growing industry that may overtake drugs in the long-run. With members composed largely of experienced war veterans, this is a natural progression. The Rankers are a small gang, but highly combative and well-bonded, with an almost military structure of sections, platoons and companies. 

 
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