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Mara Salvatrucha
Մարա Սալվատրփճա
Also known asMS
LeaderIsmael Zambada García
Foundation1 March 1951; 70 years ago (1951-03-01)
Active regions Creeperopolis  Lyoa
IdeologyMaraism
Political positionFar-left to far-right
Major actionsDrug trafficking, robbery, larceny, human trafficking, extortion, murder, money laundering, prostitution, racketeering, protection rackets, battery, kidnapping, armed insurrection, and arms trafficking
StatusActive
Size~100,000
AlliesVarious small gangs
Opponents18th Street Gang
Amadio
Atlántidan Defense Militia
Creeperian Mafia
Los'Muchachos
Los'Zetas
Lyoan crime family
Office of Ensula
Norteños
Revolutionary Armed Forces of San Pedro
Sombra Negra
Sureños
Battles and warsMara War
Deltinian Insurgency
San Pedroan Bush War
Third Senvarian Insurgency
Castillianan Insurgency
Mara Salvatrucha
Founding locationSan Salvador, San Salvador, Creeperopolis
Years active1951–present
EthnicityMostly Creeperans, but also Castillianans, Senvarians, and Lyoans
Leader(s)See Leaders of Mara Salvatrucha
Notable membersAlexander Ramírez Umaña
Ismael Zambada García
Joaquín Costilla Sánchez
Osiel Cárdenas Guillén
Nazario Moreno González
Ignacio Morales Morales

Mara Salvatrucha, popularly known as MS, is an Creeperian criminal organization that originated in San Salvador, San Salvador, Creeperopolis in 1951. Originally, the gang was set up to raid stores and homes for basic living needs for young survivors of the Creeperian Civil War. Over time, the gang grew into a more traditional criminal organization. Mara Salvatrucha is defined by its cruelty and brutality.

The gang is currently active in many parts of Creeperopolis. Most members are Creeperans, Castillianans, Senvarians, and Deltinians. As a national gang, its history is closely tied to Creeperian history. In 1979, the gang went to war with the Creeperian government in the Mara War. It's allies are the Senvarian Liberation Front and the Militarist Front for National Liberation.

Gang members are hunted down by the Militarist Nationalist Front, also known as Sombra Negra and FRENAMI, a death squad with origins in the civil war. Alexander Ramírez Umaña, the gang's leader, was executed on February 29, 2020, to prevent a day of rememberance being organized by his supporters.

Description

Etymology

There is some dispute about the etymology of the name. Some sources state the gang is named for La'Mara and Calle Salvatrucha, the names of two streets in San Salvador, San Salvador, Creeperopolis. Both streets have been renamed since to Calle López and Calle Victoria. Additionally, the word "mara" has become Creeperian Spanish slang to in place of the word "gang" and mara has been used to refer to gang in general.

Characteristics

Creeperans are the primary targets of violence and threats of violence by Mara Salvatrucha since they are the largest ethnic group in Creeperopolis. Many of the victims are minors. Minors also make up almost 30% of suspects arrested for killings attributed to Mara Salvatrucha. Recruitment is often forced. In Creeperopolis, children are recruited while traveling to school, church, or work. Youth who are arrested for whatever reason are usually impressed into some gang or another during incarceration. They are notorious for their violence and a subcultural moral code based on merciless retribution. Aspirants are beaten for 13 seconds as an initiation to join the gang, a ritual known as a "beat-in".

Mara Salvatruvha is often public in its violence. Infanticide and femicide are common, with Creeperopolis hosting the first highest femicide rate in the world. In 2016, one in 5,000 Creeperian women were killed. Violent retributions target both enemy gangs as well as their families, friends, and neighbors. Entire families will be wiped out in a single attack, regardless of age. Buses full of passengers from the wrong parts of town will be burned in broad daylight, passengers still aboard. Police officers, government officials, and community organizations are also frequent targets. Attacks like these have led the Ministry of Defense of Creeperopolis to authorize the classification of all gangs, especially Mara Salvatrucha, as terrorist organizations.

This cruelty of the distinguished members of the "Maras" resulted in some being recruited by battling against the Lyoan and Creeperian governments in several Lyoan Wars. Their wide-ranging activities have drawn the attention of the National Intelligence Directorate, who have initiated wide-scale raids against known and suspected gang members, arresting hundreds across Creeperopolis. In an interview with Bernabé Saelices Rodríguez in late 2017, the Mayor of Adolfosburg, referred to crimes committed by Mara Salvatrucha gang members, stating:

"The crimes that we're talking about are brutal. Their weapons of choice are machetes and rifles. We end up seeing people with injuries that I've never seen before. You know, limbs hacked off, decapitated heads, hollow bodies. And that's what the bodies look like that we're recovering. So they're brutal. They're ruthless, and we're gonna be relentless in our attacks against them."

Officials state the gang has ambitions to become a "national brand" with presence in nearly every department.

Many Mara Salvatrucha members cover themselves in tattoos, including the face. Common markings include "MS", "Salvatrucha", the "Devil Horns," and the name of their clique. By 2007, the gang was moving away from face tattoos to make it easier to commit crimes without being noticed. Those with tattoos resorted to using irons, bleach, and battery acid to remove their tattos.

Members of Mara Salvatrucha, like those of most modern Creeperian gangs, utilize a system of hand signs for purposes of identification and communication. One of the most commonly displayed is the "devil's head" which forms an "M" when displayed upside down. This hand sign is similar to the symbol commonly displayed by heavy metal musicians and their fans. Founders of Mara Salvatrucha adopted the hand sign after attending concerts of musicians.

Presence

According to the a 2015 report by the Ministry of Defense of Creeperopolis, "The gang is estimated to have 100,000 members and associate members worldwide."

In Creeperopolis, the gang is strongest in the departments of Abdan, Castilliano, Deltino, Helam, San Pedro, San Salvador, Senvar, Sonsatepan, Zapatista.

Mara Salvatrucha is one of the largest employers in Creeperopolis.

Structure

Unlike many criminal organizations, Mara Salvatrucha has an organized hierarchical system of leadership.

History

A Mara Salvatrucha gang member with gang's name tattooed on his back.

Mara Salvatrucha, popularly known as "MS" or "la'Mara", originated in San Salvador, San Salvador, Creeperopolis in 1951. Originally, the gang was set up to raid stores and homes for basic living needs for young survivors of the Creeperian Civil War. Over time, the gang grew into a more traditional criminal organization. Mara Salvatrucha is defined by its cruelty and brutality. The gang is currently active in many parts of Creeperopolis. Most members are Creeperans, Castillianans, Senvarians, and Deltinians. As a national gang, its history is closely tied to Creeperian history.

Notable activities conducted by Mara Salvatrucha include drug trafficking, robbery, larceny, human trafficking, extortion, murder, embezzlement, money laundering, prostitution, racketeering, battery, kidnapping, armed insurrection, and arms trafficking.

Meanwhile, the illegal drug trade in Creeperopolis concerns primarily the production and sale of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and cannabis, including the export of these substances to foreign nations. The cultivation of the materials used to produce these drugs are extremely common in southern Creeperopolis, particularly in the so-called "Zapatista Triangle" where most of the substances are created and exported from.

Drug consumption in Creeperopolis remains relatively low due to extremely harsh punishments against its use, but cocaine in particular has increased in recent years in countries along the major smuggling routes. As of 2020, drugs are primarily smuggled to Lyoa, Rakeo, Terranihil, Malgax, San Carlos Islands, and Willdavie, will little smuggling being reported elsewhere.

The largest drug trafficking organization is Mara Salvatrucha, but the Senvarian Liberation Front and the Militarist Front for National Liberation were also major smugglers while they were active.

As a result of the concentration of drug trafficking, Creeperopolis has the world's highest crime rates, with murder reaching 23.12 per 100,000 of population in 2020, the highest in the world. Violence has surged in Creeperopolis since 1979 when Emperor Adolfo V began the Mara War against Mara Salvatrucha.

Attempts at Suppression

Since the foundation of Mara Salvatrucha in 1951, the gang has increasingly gained more influence and members, particularly in the departments of Abdan, Helam, Jakiz, San Pedro, San Salvador, Senvar, Sonsatepan, and Zapatista, with Zapatista being the department where the gang held the most influence. The rise in gang membership led to a rise in crime, particularly drug trafficking, murder, and robbery.

With the significant rise in crime, the Creeperian government needed to do something to curb the gang's power and influence in the country. On October 15, 1979, the Council of Mayors proposed a motion to utilize the Creeperian Armed Forces and the Creeperian National Police to eliminate the gang and its power and influence. The motion was passed unanimously and was submitted to Emperor Adolfo V who signed the motion into law. The motion, called A Motion for the Eradication of Mara Salvatrucha, called for the Creeperian Armed Forces and the Creeperian National Police to arrest and aprehend all gang members of Mara Salvatrucha.

In retaliation, Mara Salcatrucha leadership declared war on the government on October 16, 1979. Mara Salvatrucha leadership sought support from the other significant warring party engaed in open combat with Creeperopolis: the Republic of Senvar. The Senvarians accepted and both Mara Salvatrucha and the Senvarian Liberation Front began fighting side by side against the Creeperian government.

In the last years of the reign of Adolfo V, Mara Salvatrucha gained significant control of territories in the departments of Abdan, Castilliano, Deltino, Helam, San Pedro, San Salvador, Senvar, Sonsatepan, and Zapatista, with the gang itself being headquartered in Zapatista.

It was around this time that eight death squads formed to combat the rise of Mara Salvatrucha:

Death Squad Creeperian Spanish Founded Reason for Foundation
Militarist Nationalist Army Ejército Nacionalista Militarista
ENAMI
1979 Elimination of Mara Salvatrucha.
Militarist Nationalist Militia Milicia Nacionalista Militarista
MINAMI
1980 Uphold Creeperian Nationalism and the elimination of Mara Salvatrucha.
Creeperian Revolutionary Militaristic Patriotic Front Frente Patriotico Militarista Revolucionario Creeperiano
FPMRC
1983 Uphold Creeperian Nationalism and the elimination of Mara Salvatrucha and the Senvarian Liberation Front.
Movement of Organized Nationalist Action Movimiento de Acción Nacionalista Organizado
MANO
1983 Uphold Creeperian Nationalism and the elimination of Mara Salvatrucha.
Revolutionary Militia for Creeperian Sovereignty Milicia Revolucionario por'Soberanía Creeperiano
MIRESOC
1983 Uphold Creeperian Nationalism and the elimination of Mara Salvatrucha.
Militarist Revolutionary Front Frente Revolucionario Militarista
FREMI
1985 Elimination of Mara Salvatrucha.
Creeperian Catholic Protection Army Ejército Católico Creeperiano de Protección
ECCP
1987 To protect Creeperian Catholics from the spread of Mara Salvatrucha and the Senvarian Liberation Front.
Creeperian Armed Nationalist Front Frente Nacionalista Armada Creeperiano
FRENARC
1989 Eliminate the influcence of Mara Salvatrucha and the Senvarian Liberation Front.

The eight death squads that formed created a loose alliance with each other and with two other previously existing death squads (the Militarist Nationalist Front, Frente Militarista Nacionalista, FRENAMI, 1940, and the Armed Resistance Militia for Creeperopolis, Milicia Revolucionario Armada Creeperiano, MIRAC, 1970) to join forces to eradicate Mara Salvatrucha.

The Creeperian government did little to nothing to prevent the death squads from taking any extrajudicial and vigilante measures against Mara Salvatrucha, and some sources even claim the Creeperian government was complacent or even supporting and encouraging of the death squads' actions and activities.[citation needed] The Creeperian government denied and continues to deny these accusations of support for death squads.

On March 22, 1989, the Creeperian Army and the Creeperian Air Force began a large scale assault on Mara held territory in Zapatista. The operation was named after Romero Galdámez Alas and began on 2 year anniversary of his assassination. The bombing campaign ended on March 25 and the army advanced on territory on March 26. Mara Salvatrucha resorted to guerrilla warfare to halt the advance. In the end, the operation was indecisive as the Creeperian Army did capture territory but failed to significantly weaken Mara Salvatrucha.

The Motion on the Death Penalty was a motion passed by a majority of the vote in the Council of Mayors which was signed by Emperor Romero III on May 18, 1991, which officially legalized the immediate death penalty on high ranking members of Mara Salvatrucha.

The Motion on the Situation Regarding Mara Salvatrucha was a motion passed by a majority of the vote in the Council of Mayors which was signed by Emperor Romero III on August 19, 1993, which mandated the removal of citizenship of all members of Mara Salvatrucha and mandated that all members of Mara Salvatrucha had no constitutional rights.

Exhumed mass grave of victims of the Mapastepec Massacre, 2007.
Exhumed mass grave of victims of the Mapastepec Massacre, 2007.

The village of Mapastepec was located in Mara controlled territory in the department of Zapatista along the shores of Lake Zapatista and the banks of the Zapatista River. The village was complaint with the Mara occupation and the gang used the village as a sort of base of operations in northeastern Zapatista. Due to the village's compliance with the gang, it was constantly threatened by death squad attacks, but nothing was ever committed.

In June 1998, a man with affiliations to the death squad known as the Creeperian Catholic Protection Army was lynched by the villagers of Mapastepec. The villagers attached a sign to the man reading "No death squads are welcome in Creeperopolis. Mara Salvatrucha is our protection from death." The event angered the leader of the Creeperian Catholic Protection Army, José Koné Ochelo. In anger, he ordered the immediate destruction of the village.

On the night of July 2 and 3, 1998, soldiers of the Creeperian Catholic Protection Army, several of whom were children, arrived at the village of Mapastepec and began burning homes, stores, and public buildings, sparing only the church. Men were shot in the head at point blank range, women were raped then shot point blank in the head, and children were either bayonetted to death or abducted as child soldiers. Those who took refuge in the church were rushed out at gunpoint to prevent the spillage of blood in the House of God. Those who refused where forcibly dragged out. Men were executed by a firing squad, women were raped and shot point blank, children were abducted as child soldiers, and those who resisted were drowned in the lake with heavy stones tied to their legs and arms. The entire village was burned to the ground except for the church. The soldiers of the Creeperian Catholic Protection Army withdrew into the jungles of Zapatista before dawn and returned to Santa Ana, the home department of the death squad.

In the end, 8,184 were killed and 195 children were reported to have been abducted by the Creeperian Catholic Protection Army as child soldiers. The Creeperian government denounced the massacre and Mara Salvatrucha was enraged.

In 2007, the Creeperian government exhumed the mass graves of thousands of the victims. The government stated that 4,185 bodies were recovered with very few being identifiable. The government stated that no effort will be made to recover drowned victims as it would be logistically difficult and that there is likely little remaining of the victims were were drowned.

Beginning in 2004, the Creeperian Armed Forces resumed operation aimed against Mara Salvatrucha. The infamous Motion for the Eradication of Mara Salvatrucha resoundingly passed in the Council of Mayors by a unanimous vote and was signed and put into law by Alexander II on June 1, 2004. The motion put into effect a six month period where the Creeperian Armed Forces, the National Intelligence Directorate, the Creeperian National Police, the Salvadoran National Police, and the National Police of the Papal State are directed to immediately execute anyone who is a member of Mara Salvatrucha or even is a suspected member of Mara Salvatrucha on the spot of the arrest. The motion also called for the immediate execution of all members of Mara Salvatrucha currently incarcerated. The motion lead to the executions of 2,066 members of Mara Salvatrucha from June 1, 2004 through January 1, 2005. During the six month period, members of Mara Salvatrucha increased terrorist attacks on civilian and military targets making the war one of the deadliest in the world up to that point and the then second deadliest ongoing war, second only to the then ongoing Third Senvarian Insurgency. The motion was not renewed in January 2005 by the Council of Mayors.

On January 18, 2020, ten Creeperian death squads burned down the village of Dishna. The death squads proclaimed themselves to be the Creeperian Council for Order and Stability (CCOE), a coalition of ten Creeperian death squads. The leaders of the group, Generals Francisco Bajamande Rodríguez, Gustavo Duarte Carpio, José Koné Ochelo, and Raúl Lorenzana Méndez, declared their goal and the goal of the CCOE is to spread Creeperian Catholicism south and eradicate Deltinian Islam and Mara Salvatrucha. The group claimed to have 4,000 members.

The ten leaders of the Creeperian Council for Order and Stability, Francisco Bajamande Rodríguez, Felix Semprún Saelices, José Koné Ochelo, Sebastián Carvallo González, Elías Carballal Aguayo, Gustavo Duarte Carpio, Máximo París Alcocer, Salvador Velázquez Barrueco, Raúl Lorenzana Méndez, and Álvaro Bienvenida Cambeiro, broadcasted a message across Creeperopolis. They declared that the name of the CCOE was officially changed to the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Antideltiniano – Guerra de Eliminación (Anti-Deltinian Armed Forces of Liberation - War of Elimination), abbreviated as FALANGE. The force will continue its crusade to cleanse Creeperopolis of the Deltinian and Mara threat.

The Creeperian government officially revealed that Alexander Ramírez Umaña, the hated leader of the criminal gang Mara Salvatrucha, was captured in a DINA raid on February 3, 2020. The announcement brought joy to Creeperans across the country as the gang has been responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths of innocent Creeperans. The deadly ongoing Mara War is a constant reminder of the violence the gang is responsible of. A public execution was scheduled for February 29, 2020, the day following his capture. The date was decided as a way to deny members of Mara Salvatrucha a yearly day of remembrance of their leader's execution, as the next February 29 would fall in 2024. Alexander Ramírez Umaña was sentenced to death in absentia in 1999 on the following charges:

Leading a criminal organization, drug trafficking, robbery, larceny, human trafficking, extortion, murder, money laundering, prostitution, racketeering, battery, kidnapping, arms trafficking, waging war on the Empire, waging war on God.

An estimated 1.2 million angry Creeperans from San Salvador arrived at the San Salvador Imperial Palace where the public execution was scheduled. Ramírez Umaña was originally scheduled to be executed by hanging, but Emperor Alexander II overruled the method and instead opted for an execution via firing squad. He cited "good behavior and cooperation while in captivity" as the reasoning for handing down a more merciful execution. Alexander Ramírez Umaña was executed via firing squad at 4:13pm SST.

In preparation for expected gang violence in the wake of the announcement and execution, 190,000 soldiers were deployed to combat any gang protests or riots. As expected, gang members began inciting violence. An estimated 114 people died in the hour following the execution as a direct connection to gang violence.

Gustavo Duarte Carpio, leader of the Militarist Nationalist Front (FRENAMI, Sombra Negra), applauded the execution and congratulated the Creeperian government on delivering justice to the people of Creeperopolis. After the announcement, FRENAMI burned a Deltinian village, killed 17 villagers, and kidnapped 4 children to train them to be child soldiers within the ranks of the Sombra Negra. Duarte Carpio assured the government that the FALANGE would be able to complete the extermination of the Deltinians soon.

Mara Salvatrucha named Román Saavedra Saelices as its new leader. Saavedra Saelices vowed to topple the monarchy. On March 20, 2020, the Creeperian National Police announced that Román Saavedra Saelices was killed in a gun fight with police in Tuxtla Martínez, Zapatista. The gang declared that Ismael Zambada García was their new leader and that the gang will never surrender in the war against the government.

Political Discourse

A Mara Salvatrucha gang sign and tattoos.
Mara Salvatrucha graffiti.

The total destruction of Mara Salvatrucha is one of the primary polices of the Creeperian Initiative and the Condor Initiative.

Mara Salvatrucha uses propaganda through media and scare tactics to gain more control of its people and in many cases corrupting the government. The main goals are to glorify actions of the drug cartels and their lifestyle, gain control of the Creeperian society to the highest extent possible, and to recruit new, educated, high class members to increase their power even further. Mara Salvatrucha use of propaganda and scare tactics are used in precise, complex and clever ways to get the most out of every action, resulting in their enormous power.

Mara Salvatrucha has adopted the word "mara" itself to pertain to anything relating to itself, and it has spread to be a part of everyday Creeperian slang. Maracultura is the criminal culture of Mara Salvatrucha. There are music, television shows, literature, beverages, food, and architecture that all have been branded "mara," which the Creeperian government is making efforts to ban. Maracorridos are Creeperian country songs glorifying the lifestyles of drug lords. They are typically produced by artists working with or being paid by Mara Salvatrucha. Mara Salvatrucha hangs mara-banners up around cities to advertise themselves and threaten the government. They also distribute mara-flyers, used for the same purposes as the mara-banners, by handing them out to people, scattering and posting them around cities, and leaving them near the bodies of homicide victims.

Mara Salvatrucha's use of propaganda through new media has increased significantly as the primary source of connection with the people. It's seen as a war tactic against the Creeperian government, taking its people and putting them against themselves. Many times cartels use bribery or threats against journalists and publications to report the cartels in a good light. They also bribe or threaten members of the local law enforcement to look the other way when drug trafficking or arms trafficking crimes are committed.

The Creeperian government hands down heavy punishments for producing, distributing, or willingly viewing Mara Salvatrucha propaganda. Producing propaganda is handed down a 10 year prison sentence, distributing propaganda is handed a 20 year prison sentence, and willingly viewing propaganda is handed a 15 year prison sentence. The government is actively banning and erasing music, television shows, literature, beverages, food, and architecture that are deemed to be propaganda used by Mara Salvatrucha.

Mara Salvatrucha's use of propaganda also takes a psychological toll on the people of Creeperopolis, including the Creeperian culture and their society as a whole. Fear has permeated into the daily life of an entire country through the use of scare tactics, murders, their symbolism, and bombings. Threats are one of Mara Salvatrucha's most effective tools and the credibility behind them. When they threaten someone, they usually carry it through. These threats are a form of psychological warfare because either through coercion or scare tactics they are influencing their targets perceptions, attitudes, and behavior. The violence includes everything from beheadings, kidnappings, assassinations, bombings, and grenades. Many of the dead found show signs of torture, such as their hands tied behind their back and being set on fire. Some individuals have been daubed with axle grease and stuffed into a tank or oil drum and then set to fire. Another popular tactic is dropping victims in homemade acid. Bodies are often found dumped along the road or in mass graves. Many killings and the use of dead bodies as symbols often happen during social events when the victim least expects it. Mara Salvatrucha's use extreme violence on bodies to portray a certain message. For example, decapitations often are supposed to show that the victim did not fulfill their job or was part of two sides of the conflict.

Some types of psychological warfare include closing of public establishments, roadblocks and threats to public officials. Society is always aware of the drug cartels presence, in places where many Creeperans may feel safe like in schools and medical clinics. Another way used to put fear into the Creeperian people are unexpected roadblocks. It stops people like the military and the police from taking control of traffic that may as well be controlled by Mara Salvatrucha. The fear that is put into the Creeperian people leads to a decreased number of people putting effort into stopping the drug cartels, since most are too scared to do so. The people living through the Mara War are living through constant insecurity, causing significant psychological toll on these individuals. Another part of the psychological toll on the people is the lack of freedom of speech. If an individual expresses themselves in a way that Mara Salvatrucha would not appreciate, as for example writing about their secret actions, their life and the life of all their loved ones will be at risk. The ways of the Creeperian people are extremely affected by this issue since its a big part of everyday life. The culture changes significantly as well since many Creeperans live in constant fear, unable to operate some customs that was previously the way of life.

Mara Salvatrucha also uses bribes and extortion as a means to keeping their business running. They use the motto "plata o plomo" meaning silver or lead, give them money and protection or face death. Kidnappings have become an extortion scheme. Mara Salvatrucha charges a war tax within their territory and if someone can't or won't pay the tax, they or a family member is kidnapped until they can pay.

Publicized Crimes

Drug Trafficking

Bricks of cocaine.

The illegal drug trade in Creeperopolis concerns primarily the production and sale of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and cannabis, including the export of these substances to foreign nations. The cultivation of the materials used to produce these drugs are extremely common in southern Creeperopolis, particularly in the so-called "Zapatista Triangle" where most of the substances are created and exported from.

Drug consumption in Creeperopolis remains relatively low due to extremely harsh punishments against its use, but cocaine in particular has increased in recent years in countries along the major smuggling routes. As of 2020, drugs are primarily smuggled to Lyoa, Rakeo, Terranihil, Malgax, and Willdavie, with little smuggling being reported elsewhere.

The largest drug trafficking organization is Mara Salvatrucha, but the Senvarian Liberation Front and the Militarist Front for National Liberation were also major smugglers while they were active.

As a result of the concentration of drug trafficking, Creeperopolis has the world's highest crime rates, with murder reaching 23.12 per 100,000 of population in 2020, the highest in the world. Violence has surged in Creeperopolis since 1979 when Emperor Adolfo V began the Mara War against Mara Salvatrucha.

Massacres

The so called "Red Zone" of Tuxtla Martínez saw 53 massacred in a market place.

On August 5, 1985, members of Mara Salvatrucha attacked the capital city of the department of Zapatista, the city known as Tuxtla Martínez, named in honor of the ruling House of Martínez. The ensuing massacre killed 1,384 people, most of whom were civilians. The gang was immediately blamed for the attack.

Emperor Adolfo V died on February 28, 1987, leading to the ascension of his brother, Romero III, to the Creeperian throne. Mara Salvatrucha planned to assassinate the new Emperor and the Archbishop of San Salvador, Romero Galdámez Alas, at the same time to scare the Creeperian people and force a government concession.

On Sunday March 22, 1987, six gunmen from Mara Salvatrucha arrived at the Basilca of Christ the King and opened fire on the congregation, knowing that both the Archbishop and Emperor would be in attendance. Archbishop Galdámez Alas was killed along with 39 worshipers with 71 more being wounded. The gunmen attempted to flee but a Creeperian Army patrol truck opened fire. In the ensuing shootout, all six gunmen were killed and 3 soldiers were wounded. The Emperor, however, was not present as he attended an earlier mass.

Following the assassination, Emperor Romero III called upon the deaths of all members of Mara Salvatrucha for this unforgivable crime against God. He declared that all members of the gang, regardless of their age, gender, or ranking, are to be immediately put to death or are to be handed over to the government for an immediate execution. Later that year, the death penalty for low ranking members was reduced from death to 70 years imprisonment.

In retaliation of the passage of the Motion on the Death Penalty, Mara Salvatrucha bombed a mall in Adolfosburg killing 23 people. The bombing marked the first time that Mara Salvatrucha expanded its range outside of southern Creeperopolis.

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