|Mafia at a Glance|
|Senior Officer(s)||Afrodita, Eknuckles, Livse, Marren, Ush|
|Flag Affiliation||Castigo X|
|Founded||21 April, 2006|
|Disbanded as of 1 December, 2016|
Mafia was founded on 21 April, 2006.
The Mafia, also referred to in Italian as La Cosa Nostra (which translates as '"this thing of ours"), is an organized criminal secret society which evolved in mid-19th century Sicily.
An offshoot emerged on the East Coast of the United States during the late 19th century following waves of Italian immigration to that country.
A member of the mafia is called in Italian a mafioso, and the plural is mafiosi. In Sicilian the word is mafiusu and mafiusi, respectively. Mafiosi like to think of themselves as a special society of "men of honor".
The term "mafia" describes a specific secret society in Sicily and their descendants in the United States of America where Sicilian organized criminals had spread by the early 20th century through immigration.
Mafia power peaked in the United States in the mid-20th century, until a series of FBI investigations in the 1970s and 1980s somewhat curtailed the Mafia's influence. Despite the decline, the Mafia and its reputation have become entrenched in American popular culture, portrayed in movies, TV shows, and even product commercials.
Today the Italian-American Mafia remains the most powerful criminal organization operating in the USA and uses this status to maintain control over the majority of both Chicago's and New York City's criminal enterprises. It also has links to the more established organization from which it sprung, the original Sicilian Mafia.
Mafia power in Sicily is much more well established and complete. Corruption is widespread, and local government is almost an offshoot of the organization itself. Mafia influence in the national legislature has long been suspected, but never proven outright.