Bug City Express
When Catherine ‘the Terrible’ Cunningham got hosed by FAB-III in Operation: Extermination, her warband largely fell apart. Her second-in-command, Marvin Chekov, managed to mash many of them back together, renaming them Union. Union is a loose collaboration of independent gangs loyal to Chekov, who is a skilled diplomat and well respected by most gang leaders. Unlike The Horde and the Human Brigade, Union is actively working toward establishing some degree of order throughout Chicago – at least the area they control. Affiliated gangs and militias patrol the Zone and into the Corridor to re-pacify the area, one hundred at a time.
Many see Chekov as a ruthless warmonger with delusions of grandeur. Unfortunately, he also controls the water treatment plant on Navy Pier and thus the source of the vast majority of potable water for the entire Zone. Most of the Union’s profits come from trading water and providing protection to other collectives and neighborhoods. The plant is aging, though, and Chekov spends a significant amount of profit on Makers and Horde mechanics, spare parts from scavengers, and otherwise keeping the plant operational.
The connected gangs and civilians live in scattered camps throughout the area, and his gangs patrol the territory’s borders, including the sublevels of Wacker Drive along the riverbank. Chekov openly opposes the drug and flesh trade conducted in Southside and the Zone and openly contests Mafia dealers and Tanamous affiliates in neighborhoods under Union protection. While similarities exist between how Chekov understands law and order and the modus operandi of the Human Brigade, their ideological differences regularly escalate into armed conflicts.