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Commission · Sicilian Mafia clans · Sicilian Mafiosi

Second Mafia War · History of the Sicilian Mafia

Italian Antimafia Commission · Addiopizzo · Maxi Trial

Mafia crime families · Italian-American crime families
Commission member families:
Bonanno · Colombo · Gambino · Genovese · Lucchese · Chicago Outfit · Scarfo · DeCavalcante · Detroit Partnership

Castellammarese War

Family (Cosca)
Consigliere (Advisor)
Caporegime or capodecina (Captain)
Soldato (Soldier)

Made man · Omertà · Vendetta

The Mafia (also known as Cosa Nostra) is a criminal syndicate that emerged in the mid 19th century in Sicily. It is a loose association of criminal groups that share a common organizational structure and code of conduct. Each group, known as a "family", "clan", or "cosca", claims sovereignty over a territory in which it operates its rackets – usually a town or village or a neighbourhood (borgata) of a larger city. Their primary activity is protection racketeering, but they are also involved in drug trafficking, loan sharking, and liquor and cigarette smuggling.

Offshoots of the Mafia emerged in the United States, during the late 19th century, following waves of Italian emigration (see American Mafia) but also in Canada and Australia.[1] The term "Mafia" is also employed to name Mafia-type organizations operating under a similar structure, whether Sicilian or not; such as the Camorra, the 'Ndrangheta, the Stidda or the Sacra Corona Unita, as well as foreign organized crime groups.

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