So, I'm back and I'm resuming work on my Carcer City concept, based on Chicago. The focus is on gang warfare and the decline of the Midwestern Rust Belt cities such as Chicago and Detroit, with a story driven by the conflict between two rival gang alliances: The Republic (based on the People Nation) and The Collective (based on the Folk Nation). The protagonists I have in mind are in gangs that belong to the Republic, particularly the Latino gang known as the Spanish Lords (based on the Latin Kings) and the old Caucasian gang known as the Paladins (based on the Almighty Gaylords).
This Carcer City concept is going to have a bleak, melancholic, and almost Gothic feel to it. If you thought GTA IV was dark and edgy, this will bring you to tears with its tragedy and drama.
Originally I considered only one protagonist, but now I am considering two protagonists. I won't go all the way to three protagonists like GTA V did, as that is a lot to keep track of. I'm considering making one of the protagonists female since the Latin Kings are famous for being one of the few major Chicago street gangs allowing females to join the gang and hold positions of power (they are often referred to as Latin Queens by their fellow gang members), so I don't see why the Spanish Lords wouldn't have a similar policy. However, the second protagonist is still in the development concept phase, so if people don't like the idea of a female protagonist (it is a controversial issue around here), I could change some things and make a second male protagonist.
So far, here's what I have planned for the two protagonists.
The first is Jeff Mills, a 40-year old Caucasian gangster and gunrunner of Irish and Greek descent (his father was Irish-American and his mother was a Greek immigrant) and a member of the Paladins gang. The Paladins were originally founded as a greaser gang in the 1950's and were once the third most powerful gang in Carcer City. They held a lot of turf and power in the 70's and 80's, but have since declined due to a massive loss of territory both to rival gangs and to demographic changes such as gentrification and white flight. Now, the Paladins only hold two neighborhoods in Carcer City, Kilgore Park (based on Kilbourn Park) and Saint Marie Park (based on Sayre Park), both in the Northwest Side of the city, although there are some suburban factions of the Paladins as well. Jeff joined the Paladins as a young adolescent in the late 80's and now rolls with the set in Saint Marie Park. He is a bitter and cold man who knows that his gang is a bygone relic of a bygone era but he still remains loyal to them until the bitter end. Jeff Mills is a bit of a roughneck with some white trash traits.
The second protagonist is Lita Cortez, a 23-year old member of the Spanish Lords. She is a third-generation Spanish Lords member. Her father, grandfather, and older brother were all members of the Spanish Lords, so she grew up in the culture. Her brother was killed by members of the Gangster Apostles gang (based on the Gangster Disciples) and she wants revenge for her brother's murder. Lita also seeks to protect her neighborhood of Trinity Park (based on Humboldt Park) from rival gangs that threaten her and her fellow friends and family. She is fiercely loyal to her gang, but sometimes questions her lot in life and wonders if it is even possible to leave and seek a better life.