Grove Street Families:
This L.A. gang is perhaps more well known than the Bloods or the Crips. They ended the 1992 L.A. Riot by crashing the firetruck that was carrying the corrupt officers responsible for it to LAX.
Their leaders, Carl "CJ" Johnson and his brother "Sweet" are local legends. When crack came to the city, CJ and Sweet's response was simple: kill every crack dealer in their area, making it as hard, dangerous and unprofitable as possible to peddle the stuff there.
Grove Street in East L.A. is their home turf, and they still don't like people dealing in the hard stuff. They're good friends with the Varrios Los Aztecas, and outright allies of the Cloud Mountain Boys Triad of San Francisco, to the point that both groups own a stake in the Four Dragons Casino in Las Vegas.
In San Francisco, they have controlling interests in a car dealership and their own chop shop. And somewhere in the Mojave Desert, they even have their own airfield!
The Families were once attacked by their rivals, the Front Yard Ballas, right in the middle of Grove Street! A couple of days after they successfully fended off the assault, they heard that someone who died at the shootout was going to be buried, and all the Ballas were going to be there! One ambush later, a large amount of Ballas were dead, along with Kane, a Balla higher-up.3rd Street Saints:
This high-profile syndicate is based out of Stilwater, Michigan. It evolved from a big-time street gang to a full-blown syndicate when it successfully performed a hostile takeover of the underworld of Steelport on the East Coast, taking down an anti-gang task force called STAG while they were at it, stealing their tech on the way.
After merging with Ultor to form the "Saints/Ultor Media Group", the gang has produced Saints-branded merchandise for a rabid public. They are worldwide celebrities, and there are affiliated gangs all over North America (which simply infuriates those who cling to black and white morality or otherwise don't like gangs).Their leader
is known to be completely fearless and often leads from the front. When the Saints needed guns to help take over Steelport, he led the raiding of a National Guard Armoury!3rd Street Saints rank-and-file members are usually various Underworld Archetypes from the Hero's Handbook and Gamemaster's Guide, with their "Choose One" skill set to Ranged Combat: Guns, and even their newest members carry at least a Heavy Pistol and wear a Bulletproof Vest.
Their biggest threats are from rival syndicates and vigilantes, the only kinds of groups capable of taking on the Saints in any effective
They have recently begun expanding into Europe, and are already encountering resistance.