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Organization
The Commission
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In: United States
Founded by: Vito Corleone
Years active: 1934-present
Territory: New York, New Jersey, Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Tampa, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Reno, Buffalo
Ethnicity: Italian, Italian-American
Membership: 9[1]
Criminal activities: Labor racketeering, illegal gambling, drug trafficking
Allies: Roth, Five Families, Indelicato, Murder, Inc., Teamsters

The Commission is the ruling body of the Mafia in the United States which was established to oversee Mafia activities.

Comprising of the Dons of the most powerful Mafia families, the Commission is usually summoned to settle disputes and to approve new members, caporegimes or bosses. Only the Commission can decide to remove a Don from power, although many unauthorised cases have passed.

History

The Commission was formed by Vito Corleone during the Pacification of New York in the 1930s.

In 1948, after the murder of Vito Corleone's son Sonny, a Commission meeting was held in order to broker a peace between the warring Corleone and Tattaglia families. Emilio Barzini presided over the meeting and acted as a mediator. At the meeting, Vito realized that the other New York dons had secretly aligned themselves with Emilio Barzini in order to force the Corleone family into sharing its political protection with the rest of the Commission, which was involved in a burgeoning drug trade that Vito was opposed to. Vito reluctantly agreed to share his political influence to protect the drug trade, thus avoiding further bloodshed and ending the Five Families War.

In 1955, Vito's youngest son and successor, Michael, exacted revenge by having Barzini, Phillip Tattaglia, Victor Stracci, and Carmine Cuneo assassinated in dramatic fashion, effectively wiping out the Commission and consolidating the now-hegemonic power of the Corleone family.

By the 1970s, the Commission had reformed while the Corleone family had receded from criminal activity in an effort to become "legit" through corporate endeavors. Michael still appeared to exercise de facto control over the body, as he was personally responsible for blocking Joey Zasa's progress through the Commission.

In 1979, Zasa organized a helicopter raid during a Commission meeting in Atlantic City, sparing only a few lucky men, his benefactor Don Altobello and Michael Corleone, who escaped just in time. However, it later became known that the person who was trying to kill Michael was in fact his long-term ally, Don Altobello, who asked for that particular meeting in the first place.

Structure

Historical leadership of the Commission

Chairman of the Commission

The original Commission

New York

Detroit

Cleveland

New Orleans

The reformed Commission

New York

Chicago

Detroit

Philadelphia

New Orleans

Unofficial members

Tampa

Boston

Milwaukee

Los Angeles

San Francisco

Miami

Gallery

Notes and references

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