Street Gang Alliance Guide

Disciple Nation and B.P.S.N to Maniacs and Insanes, the street gang alliances of Chi-Town.

Almighty

Symbols Give info
Active period – ?
Allied gangs Almighty Imperial Gangsters or later
Almighty Simon City Royals or later
Almighty North Side Insane Popes or later
Almighty Harrison Gents — c. or later
Almighty Latin Eagles or later


In the year 1992, all hell broke loose on the north side streets as Imperial GangstersLatin EaglesSpanish Cobras and Maniac Latin Disciples were in a state of violent gang wars over drug turf.  The Folk Nation could no longer bind all these gangs and the need for three sub-alliances had to be established.  One of them was the “Almighty” family that consisted of Simon City RoyalsLatin EaglesInsane Popes and Imperial Gangsters.  In 1995, the Harrison Gents left the Insane Family and joined the Almighties.  One thing to clarify, the south side gang Almighty Ambrose has nothing to with this family and the “Almighty” that Ambrose goes by is not an alliance it is only for Ambrose.

Black Disciple Nation

Symbols Pitchfork, Devil Horns, and Devil Tail
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In the year 1966, David Barksdale, the leader of the Devil’s Disciples/Black Disciples street gang got together with several leaders of African American street gangs on the south side of Chicago and drew up an alliance to fight off the rival Vice Lords and Black P Stones gangs. In 1969, the B.D.N ended when the Black Gangster Disciple Nation alliance was formed.

Black Gangster Disciple Nation

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In June of 1969, Larry Hoover and David Barksdale combined Gangster Nation and Black Disciple Nation concepts to create a giant merger known as the “Black Gangster Disciples.”  This alliance became a gang in prison in 1976 when the civil war ended between Larry Hoover supporting BGDs and Jerome Freeman supporting BGDs.  In 1981, the two gangs were established on the streets when Michael “Mickey Bull” Johnson told BGDs they either still BGD or if they were Black Disciple.

Black P Stone Nation

Symbols Pyramid
Symbol usage

Pyramid with 21 bricks

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In the year 1966, Black Stone Ranger leader Eugene Hairston established an alliance with 20 other African American street gangs to combat the recently formed Black Disciple Nation.  This alliance was replaced by the El Rukns in 1976.

EL Rukns

Symbols Pyramid, Eye, Crescent Moon, Sun, and 5 Point Star
Symbol usage

21 brick pyramid

Active period c.
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When Jeff Fort was released from prison in March of 1976, he announced he converted to the Nation Of Islam and forced the BPSN to convert to Islam while not allowing any objections to this change. In 1978 when the People Nation was created the EL Rukns became a gang instead of an alliance as all gangs within that alliance became EL Rukns and nothing else. The EL Rukn name died in 1989 and the gang went back to the name Black P Stones but this time as a gang not an alliance.

Folk Nation

Symbols 6 Point Star
Active period – ?
Allied gangs Almighty Ambrose or later
Almighty Brazers or later
Almighty Harrison Gents or later
Almighty Krazy Get Down Boys or later
Almighty Latin Eagles or later
Almighty Simon City Royals or later
Black Disciples or later
Gangster Disciples — c. or later
Gangster Party People — c. or later
Gangster Two Six or later
Insane Ashland Vikings or later
Insane C-Notes or later
Insane Campbell Boys or later
Insane Dragons – ?
Insane Gangster Satan Disciples or later
Latin Dragons or later
Insane Latin Jivers or later
Insane La Orquestra Albany or later
Almighty North Side Insane Popes or later
Insane Spanish Cobras or later
Insane Two Two Boys or later
Insane King Cobras – ?
La Raza or later
Insane Latin Lovers or later
Latin Souls or later
Latin Stylers or later
Maniac Latin Disciples or later
Milwaukee Kings or later
Sin City Boys or later
Spanish Gangster Disciples or later
Insane YLO Cobras — c. or later
Maniac YLO Disciples or later
Almighty Imperial Gangsters or later
Maniac Campbell Boys or later
New Breeds or later
Insane Racine Boys – ?
Insane Two Ones – ?
Morgan Boys — ? – or later
Paulina Barry Community – ?
Ridgeway Lords – ?
Unknown Assassins – ?

On November 11, 1978 Larry Hoover the leader of the Black Gangster Disciples had a vision on how to organize the biggest and/or oldest street gangs to control gang wars and alliances in the prison system.  Later in the 1980s the alliance would organize street wars, alliances and map out established drug turf.  The organization Larry Hoover invented was the “Folk Nation” while his rivals in the meeting in Pontiac Correction Center came up with “People Nation.” Larry Hoover drafted the Folk nation bylaws alongside the Black DisciplesLatin DisciplesSatan DisciplesSimon City RoyalsImperial GangstersSpanish CobrasLatin EaglesAshland VikingsInsane Popes and Two Six.  The People nation was drafted by the EL RuknsVice Lords and Latin Kings.  The People nation had a tie into religion as the EL Rukns and Vice Lords represented the Islam side as Vice Lords converted to Islam right when Folk and People was created.  The Latin Kings represented the Christian/Catholic side.  All Folk nation gangs adopted the six point star symbol of the BGDs and sometimes the pitchfork.  The People nation gangs adopted the EL Rukns’ five point star for all gangs.

In the year 1981, the Folk and People nations opened their doors to allowing more gangs to join.  The big push started in that year when Michael “Mickey Bull” Johnson was released from prison.  Mickey Bull was a high ranking Black Disciple that preached the bylaws of the Folk Nation out on the streets.  He also recruited several more street gangs into the Folk Nation that year resulting in a big push for all gangs to be aligned under either Folk or People.

In the year 1983, Folk and People nation bylaws were enforced on the streets and symbols and fashion trends were made official.  The Folk nation represented the right handed side while the People nation represented the left handed side.  The alliances became very strong in the mid-1980s but by the late 1980s the alliances were hard to control.  By 1988-1992 the Folk and People nation bylaws could no longer be enforced on the streets as the drug trade went wild.  The alliances still exist but no longer guarantee peace.

In the year 1992, all hell broke loose on the north side streets as Imperial GangstersLatin EaglesSpanish Cobras and Maniac Latin Disciples were in a state of violent gang wars over drug turf.  The Folk Nation could no longer bind all these gangs and the need for three sub alliances had to be established.  One of them was the “Almighty” family that consisted of Simon City RoyalsLatin EaglesInsane Popes and Imperial Gangsters.  In 1995, the Harrison Gents left the Insane Family and joined the Almighties.  One thing to clarify, the south side gang Almighty Ambrose has nothing to with this family and the “Almighty” that Ambrose goes by is not an alliance it is only for Ambrose.

Gangster Nation

Symbols Winged Heart and 3 Point Crown
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In the year 1966, Larry Hoover the leader of the Supreme Gangsters, created an alliance to combat the Vice LordsBlack P Stones and Black Disciples.  The alliance lasted until January of 1969 when Larry Hoover merged with the Black P Stones and the Gangster Stones were created.  Then in June of 1969 the Gangster Stones left the BPSN and merged into the Black Gangster Disciple Nation.

Gangster Stones

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In January of 1969, Larry Hoover, the leader of the Gangster Nation alliance, combined forces with the leader of the Black P Stone alliance Jeff Fort to create the Gangster Stone Nation which ended up being only a portion of the Black P Stone Nation.  Larry Hoover’s Gangster Stones were not given the respect and recognition leading to a shooting in May of 1969 in which the Triple 6 Kings Black P Stone branch shot two Supreme Gangsters.  In June it was decided that the Gangster Stones would merge with David Barksdale’s Black Disciples to create the Black Gangster Disciple Nation.  Some Gangster Stones refused to go with this and stayed with the BPSN led by Herman “Moose” Holmes.

Gaylords, C-Notes, Gents

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Active period
Allied gangs Almighty Gaylords — c. – c.
Insane C-Notes — c. – c.


In the year 1968, white Italian gangs the Gaylords, C-Notes and Lazy Gents from the southern part of the West Town neighborhood allied to fight off the black and Latino gangs nearby.  The arrival of the Latin Kings in the neighborhood was the extra push that made this alliance start up.  The alliance ended when it was replaced by the WPO in 1971.

Insane (North Side)

Symbols Diamond and 3 Dots
Symbol usage

Diamond with three dots

Active period – ?
Allied gangs Almighty Harrison Gents — c. – c.
Insane Latin Jivers – c.
Insane Campbell Boys – ?
Insane Spanish Cobras or later
Insane YLO Cobras or later
Insane C-Notes or later
Insane Ashland Vikings or later
Insane Latin Lovers or later
Insane Cullerton Deuces or later
Insane Deuces or later
Insane Dragons or later
Insane La Orquestra Albany or later
Insane King Cobras or later


In the year 1992, all hell broke loose on the north side streets as Imperial GangsterLatin EaglesSpanish Cobras and Maniac Latin Disciples were in a state of violent gang wars over drug turf.  The Folk nation could no longer bind all these gangs and the need for three sub-alliances had to be established.  One of them was the “Insane Family” that were all followers of the Spanish Cobras.  These were gangs that were bullied the most by the Maniac Latin Disciples for drug turf.  These gangs found Cobra taxes to be much more desirable.  The Latin Jivers were the only ones that did not agree with Cobra taxes and left within 1 year of joining the alliance.  The Harrison Gents mainly left due to a war with the Ashland Vikings.  The Insane Campbell Boys ceased to exist.

Insane (South Side)

Symbols Pitchfork
Active period – ?
Allied gangs Insane Gangster Satan Disciples or later
Insane Gangster City Knights or later
Insane Majestics or later
Insane Two Two Boys – c.


This “Insane” group is not to be confused with the “Insanes” of the north side headed by the Spanish Cobras.  This Insane alliance is older than the Spanish Cobra alliance.  It has existed since when the Satan Disciples guided the Two Two Boys into the Folk Nation.  The Satan Disciples are the leaders of this alliance.  In circa 1990 the Two Two Boys and SDs went to war; however, the Two Two Boys kept the “Insane” moniker.  In the year 1992 the SDs took in the City Knights and Insane Majestics into the Folk Nation and made them “Insane.”

Maniac

Symbols Pitchfork
Active period – ?
Allied gangs Maniac Latin Disciples or later
Maniac YLO Disciples or later
Maniac Campbell Boys or later
Latin Stylers or later
Insane Latin Jivers
Milwaukee Kings
Insane Latin Lovers

In the year 1992, all hell broke loose on the north side streets as Imperial GangstersLatin EaglesSpanish Cobras and Maniac Latin Disciples were in a state of violent gang wars over drug turf.  The Folk nation could no longer bind all these gangs and the need for three sub alliances had to be established.  One of them was the “Maniac Family” that were followers of the Maniac Latin Disciples.  These gangs attached to the Maniac Latin Disciples because they were seen as the more powerful gang and more tied in with drug cartels; however, this same power ended up causing the MLDs to do power plays over the smaller Maniacs, all this became crystal clear in the year 1995.  The Latin Lovers and Latin Jivers went and joined the Insane Family with the Spanish Cobras.  The Milwaukee Kings ventured out on their own.  Over time, Latin Sylers have had many disputes with MLDs.

People Nation

Symbols 5 Point Star
Active period – ?
Allied gangs Villa Lobos – ?
Almighty Bishops or later
Almighty Black P Stones or later
Almighty Gaylords or later
Almighty Insane Latin Counts or later
Almighty Latin Angels or later
Almighty Latin Kings or later
Almighty Latin Pachucos or later
Almighty Latin Stones — c. or later
Almighty Los Bebe Stones – ?
Almighty Noble Knights or later
Almighty Party Players or later
Almighty Saints or later
Almighty Twelfth Street Players or later
Four Corner Hustlers or later
Insane Deuces
Insane Cullerton Deuces
Latin Dragons
South Side Almighty Insane Popes or later
Almighty Latin Angels or later
La Familia Stones or later
Insane Latin Brothers or later
Insane Unknowns or later
Mickey Cobras or later
Spanish Vice Lords or later
Vice Lords or later
Spanish Lords or later
Stoned Freaks or later
Almighty Popes – ?
Gangster Stones – ?
Ghetto Brothers Organization/Yates Boys Organization – ?
Laflin Lovers – ?
Puerto Rican Future Stones – ?
Puerto Rican Stones – ?
Stone Kents – ?
Tall Arabian Posse – ?
Uptown Rebels – ?
Warlords Wicker Park, La Familia Warlords – ?

The People Nation alliance formed on the same date as the Folk Nation on November 11, 1978.  When Larry Hoover held the meeting with allies and enemies in Pontiac Prison on that date he worked with his enemies to iron out how alliances and wars would be controlled in prison.  In this meeting leaders of the El Rukns, Vice Lords and Latin Kings mutually agreed to call their counter alliance the People Nation.

The People Nation adopted religious concepts unlike the Folk Nation.  The El Rukns adopted Islamic fundamentals in 1976 and they wanted the Vice Lords to adopt the same ideals when the People Nation formed.  The Vice Lords agreed to adopting the Islamic faith and both organization represented the Islamic side of the People Nation.  The Latin Kings represented Christian beliefs.

El Rukns and Mickey Cobras ended their war in prison since the death of Mickey Cobra leader Henry “Mickey” Cogwell as the Mickey Cobras joined the People Nation.  The Four Corner Hustlers became a Vice Lord faction and were then invited to join the People Nation.  The Latin Kings agreed to end their wars with Latin Counts, Bishops, Puerto Rican Stones and Insane Unknowns so that these gangs could join the People Nation.  The Spanish Lords were close allies with Latin Kings so it was easy for them to walk into the alliance.  These were the original gangs that joined the People Nation in prison in 1978.

This alliance was only to used to control prison wars, but in the year 1981 a Black Disciple leader Michael “Mickey Bull” Johnson was released from prison and invited many more organizations into the rival Folk Nation, he also laid out Folk Nation bylaws on the streets.  This meant the People Nation needed to respond right away and in 1981 several more gangs were invited into the People Nation and People Nation bylaws were beginning to be enforced on the streets.

The People Nation alliance has quite a bit less gangs so they made up for it by keeping their alliance tight all throughout the 1980s while the Folk Nation gangs started to tear each other apart in the late 1980s.  There were only small disagreements and skirmishes that the Latin Kings were involved in against the Insane Deuces, Latin Counts, Puerto Rican Stones and Ghetto Brothers Organization; however, the gangs were at peace the vast majority of the time.

By 1990, the Latin Kings were at war with the Insane Deuces and were on the verge of war with the Latin Counts.  The Latin King and Insane Deuce war of 1990 was the first full blown People on People war within this alliance in history.

By 1991, the Latin Kings were at war with the Latin Counts, Bishops and Cullerton Deuces, and as the decades progressed the Latin Kings were at war with many other People Nation gangs.  Factions of Black P Stones, Vice Lords and Mickey Cobras began engaging in wars in certain parts of the city.  Bishops and Latin Counts went into a bloody war in 1991 and eventually the People Nation became as fractured as the Folk Nation.

Royal Pope Nation

Symbols RPN
Active period – ?
Allied gangs Almighty Simon City Royals or later
Almighty North Side Insane Popes or later


When the WPO broke up in 1973, some white gangs still wanted to keep a unity alive.  These gangs were C-NotesChi WestPVPsTaylor Jousters and Gaylords.  These white gangs were mainly focused on fighting Latino gangs at first but then focused on fighting Simon City Royals and Insane Popes as well by 1975.  Later on this “United Five Organization” took in the Hell’s Devils and the Young Freaks as Chi – West more or less dropped out.  The Hell’s Devils joined in 1975 bringing about the UFO II, then in 1978 when the Freaks joined it became UFO III.  The unity disbanded when Gaylords and C-Notes went to war in 1982.

SGD / La Tabla

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Active period
Allied gangs Maniac Latin Disciples — ? – or later
Insane Spanish Cobras — ? – or later
Almighty Imperial Gangsters — ? – or later
Almighty Latin Eagles — ? – or later
Insane Gangster Satan Disciples — ? – or later
Gangster Two Six — ? – or later
Almighty Ambrose — ? – or later
La Raza — ? – or later
Insane C-Notes or later
Insane Dragons — ? – or later
Insane Ashland Vikings — ? – or later
Insane Deuces — ? – or later
Milwaukee Kings — ? – or later
Insane Latin Jivers — ? – or later
Almighty Harrison Gents – c.
Maniac Campbell Boys – c.
Insane Latin Lovers — ? – ?


This is not completely the same thing as “Spanish Gangster Disciple” that originated as a concept in 1974 behind prison walls that effectively allied Black Gangster Disciples with Latin Disciples (MLD).  This is the concept of “Spanish Growth and Development” that came about in 1989 to keep Latino Folk nation gangs allied.  The biggest and most prominent gangs sat on the “La Tabla” council in prison.  SGD was fully backed and supported by the Chicago Outfit as business opportunity could arise out of Folk unity for the Mafia.  The Latin Disciples sat at the head of La Tabla and this allowed them to try to dominate other Folk gangs like the Spanish Cobras.  When gangs filed a grievance with SGD about the Latin Disciples it would get shot down.  Over time, many gang disputes were not worked out on La Tabla which led to hate and bitter feelings that escalated into war.  SGD ended in June of 1999 when Maniac Latin Disciples killed a fellow MLD at a peace conference between Insanes and Maniacs.  The Chicago Outfit then withdrew from SGD support and pretty much all support with Chicago street gangs.

United Five Organization

Symbols UFO
Active period
Allied gangs Insane C-Notes – c.
Almighty Gaylords — c. – c.
Chi-West — c. – c.
Playboys Ventures, Pulaski Park, Rice Boys
Taylor Jousters
Hell's Devils – c.
Stoned Freaks


When the WPO broke up in 1973, some white gangs still wanted to keep a unity alive.  These gangs were C-NotesChi WestPVPsTaylor Jousters and Gaylords.  These white gangs were mainly focused on fighting Latino gangs at first but then focused on fighting Simon City Royals and Insane Popes as well by 1975.  Later on this “United Five Organization” took in the Hell’s Devils and the Young Freaks as Chi – West more or less dropped out.  The Hell’s Devils joined in 1975 bringing about the UFO II, then in 1978 when the Freaks joined it became UFO III.  The unity disbanded when Gaylords and C-Notes went to war in 1982.

United Latino Organization

Symbols Pitchfork and ULO
Active period
Allied gangs Insane Spanish Cobras
Maniac Latin Disciples
Almighty Imperial Gangsters – c.
Almighty Latin Eagles

In 1978, the YLO allies wanted to expand to other allied gangs to fight against Latin Kings and UFO gangs.  The organization was known as “United Latino Organization.”  The YLO decided to extend to the Imperial Gangsters and Latin Eagles.  Other smaller gangs loosely affiliated with ULO in the 1980s that were also a part of the Folk nation.  The ULO went extinct in 1992 when full blown war was launched between Latin DisciplesLatin EaglesSpanish Cobras and Imperial Gangsters.

White Power Organization

Symbols WPO
Active period
Allied gangs Give info


In the year 1971, the most powerful white gangs on the northern part of Chicago called a truce as they agreed that too many Puerto Rican gangs were growing larger in their neighborhoods.  The alliance was known as the “White Power Organization,”  The alliance ended in 1973, but still had an effect on the white gangs until 1975.

Young Latino Organization

Symbols YLO, Pitchfork, Monk, Cobra, Diamond, and 3 Dots
Symbol usage

Diamond with three dots

Active period
Allied gangs Insane Spanish Cobras
Maniac Latin Disciples


In the year 1976, the Spanish Cobras and Latin Disciples drew up an official alliance in order to team up and fight against Latin Kings and UFO allied gangs.  The alliance was known as “Young Latino Organization.”  In 1978 the YLO was replaced by ULO, but YLO continued as a training camp for young future Cobras and Disciples, in 1979 they stole the YLO name to create their own gang called the “YLO Cobra Disciples.”  In 1980 the gang split in two that consisted of the YLO Cobras and YLO Disciples that still exist presently.