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Vespucci 13


Vespucci 13 (V13, VX3) also known as West Side Vespucci 13 (WSV13) is a Mexican-American street gang with deep roots along Magellan Avenue. First established in the 1960s, Vespucci 13 was one of the most violent and dominant Westside gangs, but today it is only a shell of its former glory after most of its cliques were wiped out by gang injunctions and gentrification. Ghost Town is one of the last Vespucci cliques, struggling to survive in this new era. They take their name from the last remaining low-income hoods, which are a "ghost town" squeezed between the tourist spots and the expensive developments.

 

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Gentrification and History


y0vK1y8.gif The gentrification of Vespucci began in the late ‘90s and targeted the lower-income Hispanic and African-American neighborhoods of West Los Santos. The rich culture and history of Vespucci was replaced by tourist traps and million-dollar homes. This process was aided by gang injunctions targeting Vespucci 13 and their Black and Hispanic rivals, but it wasn't just gang members who suffered, as their families and neighbors were often impacted too. Rent, housing prices, and the cost of living began to spike, causing many lower-income families to move across the city to more affordable areas in South and East Los Santos. This ultimately resulted in the remaining gangs having fewer young people to influence and recruit into their ranks. Tensions were on the rise between neighboring street gangs, with more violent crimes being reported throughout the ‘00s. Members of gangs were being incarcerated or killed in rival shootings, including Ignacio “Spooky” Atenas, a high-ranking member of Vespucci 13 who was believed to be shot and killed by rival Crips at a party in ‘08.

 

One important rivalry was with the Vespucci Shoreline Crips, which left many dead on both sides. But when both gangs were suffering from gang injunctions, crackdowns, and gentrification, they declared a cease-fire and started to grow closer together to survive the changing situation in Vespucci. The two gangs now share a hood day on the 2nd Saturday of June.

 

Ghost Town is one of the last Vespucci 13 cliques active on the streets. They take their name from the last remaining hoods to avoid gentrification, a "ghost town" that exists between the  tourist spots of Vespucci Beach and the richer areas around the Puerto Del Sol Yacht Club and Vespucci Canals. Ghost Town is one of the younger cliques since it was old VX3 members (from cliques like Bay City Locos and Lil Jokers) who attracted the most heat from police.

 

Locals say that Ghost Town is like the old Vespucci haunting the new Vespucci. Writers have called it "a nasty hive of evil surrounded by the most expensive real estate in San Andreas". You can find them in the dead-end alleys off Melanoma Street and the run-down areas between Magellan and Bay City Avenue. Throughout the day Vespucci is full of tourists, hipsters, and people with high-income jobs, enjoying the beaches and marinas. However, after dark, it can be a different story. One journalist suggested gentrification will never completely kill the old Vespucci, claiming "the gunplay is as much a part of life in Vespucci as Pitbulls at the local dog park".

 

Older generations did not welcome the changes of gentrification, but the surviving members of Vespucci 13 know they have to adapt and change with the times. For the young drug dealers of the Ghost Town clique, they know rich people have expensive tastes. The arrival of tourists and rich people has boosted their sales tremendously, with gang members often selling drugs along the boardwalk. And if you're on a yacht doing lines with a high-powered lawyer, he probably got that from Ghost Town. 

 

 

 

 

 

Present


Nowadays Vespucci 13 is a shell of its former self, the gang is still active and the street operations are primarily being handled by its youngest clique. While past conflicts and rivalries have settled down between Vespucci 13 and some of its neighboring gangs, tensions still linger on a much lesser scale. Gentrification has played a large role in pushing out many of the families and continues to clamp down and suppress street gang activity throughout the Vespucci area. The gang is a family for those without one, especially as many members lost loved ones to gang violence and arrests. They value community, the protection of their reputation, and Vespucci. Members of the gang are expected to pull their weight to make as much money as possible and keep the neighborhood in order without drawing the attention of police as their big homies did. These money-motivated gang members are notorious for their violent behavior, with some of the older members having served time in the "gladiator school" of juvenile detention, or even prison.

 

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Out Of Character Information


 

Our goal is to accurately depict a modern-day Sureño gang in Vespucci (based on the Venice and Oakwood neighborhoods of Los Angeles) struggling to re-establish itself after losing most of its members and cliques. While our goal is to portray this concept as realistically as possible, there will be hints of fiction throughout. This project will have an equal focus on the street gang and its illicit activities, as well as the community and the day-to-day life of a Mexican-American growing up surrounded by gentrification. We value community roleplay and an atmosphere heavily influenced by Chicano culture, so we also value characters who aren't full gang members or in supportive roles. We highly encourage those who wish to roleplay with us to also take some time to research the culture. 

 

If this faction interests you, then feel free to create a character and start roleplaying around us in Vespucci. All walks of life will be welcomed, but for those looking to join the faction as a gang member and progress through the gang, you must roleplay as a Mexican-American teenager no older than 16. Male characters will have an easier time getting involved, but female characters (especially friends/family/girlfriends) play important roles in Hispanic gangs.

 

For those looking to join the faction as a more community-driven local character, with no intentions of joining the gang, your options are much more diverse. However, we still encourage a Mexican-American character but this will definitely not be forced for these types of characters as all walks of life will be welcomed, as long as the character fits in well. Street gangs have deep roots in their communities and gang members aren't the only people involved in these stories.

 

Do not hesitate to reach out if you’re stuck, and need advice for a new character. As said above, all characters will be considered and we will be happy to head out your thoughts and offer suggestions. We have a solid understanding of this concept, and enough information to assist you with creating something special.

 

We are more than happy to discuss concerns, suggestions, discrepancies, or portrayal issues in DMs. If you feel that you may have sources that we would benefit from looking into then feel free to send them my way and I can spread it out to the rest of the members. We’re all here to have a good time at the end of the day. 

 

Points of Contact:

@witness @vara @La Mala

 

Character Kill Information


Faction leadership of Vespucci 13 posess the rights to character kill a member of Vespucci 13, so long as an appropriately roleplayed out scenario takes place and an adiquete reason is presented. We will aim for character kill to be as rare as possible, however, character kills can be exectued for any number of reasons. 

For members of Vespucci 13 who engage in roleplay with the Mexican Mafia , you will also hand over rights for the leadership of the Mexican Mafia to character kill your character if a suitable reason is presented. 

 

 

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