Shadowrun@QUT - Finished
After the Schism between the Japanese Yakuza and their Korean middle-managers in Seattle, only a handful of Koreans survived. They took what resources they had and founded the Seoulpa Rings, small criminal organizations designed to attack the Yakuza and reclaim parts of the Seattle underworld from them. The Rings were organized in a cellular fashion, independent of each other, making them hard to track down and eliminate. They even became something of a “fad” in the Seattle underworld, attracting the disaffected criminal element rejected by the more traditionalist Mafia and Yakuza.
For years, the big syndicates battled it out, and the Seoulpa Rings grew, largely ignored, on the outskirts. They made some hits against the Yakuza, which were little more than bee stings, but they got their attention. When he broke away from the Watada-rengo in Japan, Hanzo Shotoumi actually tried to bring the Seoulpa Rings back into the Yakuza fold, but they responded by trying to assassinate the oyabun. So the Yakuza turned their full attention towards wiping out the Rings, and nearly succeeded.
Two Seoulpa Rings survive in Seattle as going concerns. The rest are little more than low-level gangs at best, exerting no influence outside of their immediate neighborhood. Even the remaining Choson and Kumun’go Rings have had to make concessions in order to survive.