There is an old novel (which I have never read) based on the premise that if you give the Mafia complete control over the country, they will build a utopia. Now personally I disagree -- an open kleptocracy would be just as bad as a hidden one, especially if those forced to pass the gravy along to get everything done have no recourse when they are inevitably cast aside in favor of someone who can pay more.
Besides, mobsters don't care about utopia. They care about grabbing as much as they can for themselves.
I am personally convinced that organized crime is probably a major player in Putin's Russia, with each side of the law manipulating the other to keep Putin in power and keep the money rolling in. Which is why having a casino magnate with ties to Putin as President is not a pleasant prospect for this country.
I saw Apocalypse the other morning. It got off the bus, looked around, saw that it'd been recognised, walked over, told me that we didn't deserve to be put out of our misery. As it got up onto the next bus, it told me that it was going to follow the Grateful Dead until we got our stuff together enough to be worth apocalypsesing.
Far too late to be an entry but this popped into my head (crude character sheet included)
Fungus Body: Life Support: No Need Breathe, sleep, eat, Excrete, does not bleed, non differentiated body (not hit
locations). Immune to high pressure//vacuum Immune to Terrestrial diseases and toxins that affect animals
Fungus Body: Resistance Defense: 8 PD (18 vs Crushing/Impaling attacks such as bullets).
Fungus Body is Big, damp and heavy: KB Resistance -5 KB +1 Reach
Walking Mound of Reeking Fungus: +20 Pre only to cause Horror
Fungus Growth: Regeneration: 1 Body per turn: requires Organic material to absorb
Fungus Senses: Flash Defense: 18 Pts All sense, 360 degree sight, sense: organic material: ranged, 360, works as
sense, +8 Telescopic +8 Perception, Tracking
Sickening Spores: 3d6 NND vs LS: fungal infections, does not effect inorganic life forms, beings with sealed systems. 1 hex
AE ranged, AE: 1 hex 4 4 Charges that last 1 day, effects can be medical treated (fungal lung/GI infection)
Reeking Odor: CE: -1 to Smell Per, CV, Int rolls, 1 hex, 0 Range, 0 endurance, always on. Does not effect beings with no or
sheilded sense of smell or holding breath.
Rot: 1/2 d6 RKA NND vs Inorganic defenses/forcefield Does Body. Dmg sheild (only vs grabbed targets), 0 endurance.
Sticky: Clinging Full Strength
Budding: Summon: up to x8 200 pt "Fungoids" Slavishly loyal, Extra Time: 1 hour, requires a great deal of organic material, concentrate 0 DCV through out
Return to "normal": Multiform: 50 pt Normal form
Sci: Botany 11-
KS: Molds and Fungus: 13-
KS: Gardening: 11-
KS: Toxins 11-
KS: Otaku Culture 8-
KS: Roleplaying 11-
+ 3 Levls (grab, block, disarm) "Crude Akiko knowledge"
Vuln: x 2 Body from Fire, corrosives, explosive attacks (common)
Vuln: x1.5 Stun from Dehydration based Powers
Susceptible: Intense cold 1d6 per minute (uncommon)
Susceptible: Anti-fungal agents: 1d6 per exposure
Accidental change: Miyomoto Hakashi (knocked unconscious, taken to 0 Body)
Psych: Anti social, misanthropic, hatred of society (very com, strong)
Psych: Obsessive, insane and prone to strange random fixations (com, strong)
Psych: Fascinated with mold, fungus, slimes and decaying organisms as the dominate form of life (uncom, total)
Psych: Casual Killer, cares nothing for human life (com, total)
Phys: Slimy, no fingers, clumsy fine manipulation (fre, sli)
Phys: No sense of Smell (infr, sli)
Phys: Mute (fre, great)
Features: Huge reeking humanoid mound of fungus (common sense, causes horror)
Background: Promising biology major Miyomoto Hakahshi under the incessant pressure of his finals, his family's pressure to
chose a more "importamt" (aka: lucrative) field, personal tradgedy (the death of his beloved grandmother and his long time
girlfriend's cruel infidelity with a wealthy popular peer) snapped this talented young man who attempted to kill himself by
drowning in his own fungal culture vats. It did not kill him but instead transformed him into a repulsive shambling mound
of hybrid fungal and human tissue and ended what was left of his sanity. After a breif killing spree the "Mold Man" was
destroyed by a local hero using corrosive weed killing chemicals.
Or so was though. Miyamato survived, transforming back to human form and was mistaken for a victim of the monster's rampage
and hospitalized. Recovered, he now plans how to regain and increase powers to further his plans to turn this dying corrupt
world over to its true master: the things that rot.
Recently Stephen Colbert brought back his phony right-wing pundit character from his old Colbert Report to his current Late Show, to "explain" the rise of Donald Trump. I will risk the wrath of Dan Simon by linking to that scene from the Late Show, because if you ignore the sarcasm, I believe it's actually quite insightful as to Trump's appeal to his supporters, and why they're so willing to ignore his more outrageous statements. (Dan, I'll readily accept deletion of this if you rule that it crosses the line.)
The thing that makes me sigh is, even if you debunk a couple dozen of these bogus allegations, it doesn't seem to matter. People hold on to this caricature of HRC as this lying, corrupt, greedy conniving Lady Macbeth, not from objective in depth research and observation, but as some tribal article of faith.