Themes

Corruption At Every Turn
The police and the city’s administrative bureaucracies have rotted from within; riddled with corrupt and corruptible men and women. From Mayor Daniel Dickerson to the city aldermen to Police Commissioner Madison Cook, Gotham’s government is for sale. In Gotham, the rich get richer while the poor or crushed to extract every advantage they can yield. A decade ago, a young police captain named James Gordon made an effort to clean up the police force, but he lacked the ally he needed in his fight; he, his wife and his children were killed when a bomb planted inside their car exploded. The State Attorney General’s office has launched no less than seven investigations into the Gotham City Machine in the last two decades; none of them have produced charges that would stick to anyone by the most junior of political scapegoats. The Gotham  County Sheriff’s office, led by Sheriff Cole Michaels, is the only honest police force in the region.
Criminal Gangs
As corrupt as the politicians of Gotham are, they are nothing compared to the shadow government that runs the streets of Gotham’s lower class neighborhoods. The Mafia, the Yakuza, the Russian Mob the Triads and the Tongs are all fighting for their control of as big a piece of Gotham as they can acquire. Beneath them, the larger street gangs scramble to establish their place in the pecking order and beneath them the neighborhood gangs fight a daily war to survive and hold onto as much of their turf as possible.
Gotham's Crusaders
A legacy of the Kane fortune, the Gotham Gazette is one of the leading newspapers in Gotham City and the only one willing to stand up to the corruption of City Hall. Editor in Chief Willard Magnuson, with the backing of publisher Jessica Kane, presses his reporters to bring to life the ugly facts and dirty secrets of Gotham’s political and underworld elite. While still a reporter on the city desk, Magnuson was a staunch supporter of Gotham’s mythical “Dark Knight”. His continued support for the vigilante earned him the scorn and ridicule of his peers, who believed the idea of a costumed vigilante haunting the alleys and rooftops of the city was absurd; a psy-op designed by the GCPD. Still inspired by what he insists was a true hero of the city, Magnuson expects his reporters to be as daring and fearless in the face of the city’s power brokers who would hide their actions from the good people of the city.
An Economy of Despair
Nowhere in the country is the gap between rich and poor more obvious than in Gotham City. While those at the top of the financial food chain go to great lengths to protect the sources of their wealth, the rest of the city is left to an ever worsening destitution that leaves hundreds of thousands of people on the edge of ruin. These two Gothams live in an unbelievably close proximity to one another; walk a block in any direction from the famed theater district and you’ll pass at least one shelter, soup kitchen or needle exchange. More and more Gotham citizens, having been left defenseless and without a voice in their own city, are turning to vigilante justice to protect what is there. This has resulted in a growing neighborhood gang problem as young men and women band together in neo-feudal groups to defend their homes and their extended families.
 

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