The structure of the Cosa Nostra is rather simple. The don is the boss of a family or a gang. Decisions come from the don and all the profits of the family's dealings will inevitably reach him. Under him is the underboss, the vice president. He may resolve issues and disputes without consulting the don. Beneath him are the captains or the capos. Capos head a smaller group. His group consists of soldiers. Capos may head a group of 10 or as many as a thousand. Soldiers are the lowest-ranked members in the mafia organization and they do most of the leg work in the organization.
The mafia got even bigger when it spilled over to other places such as Europe and the United States. Organized crime has become so huge in Italy that its income is believed to be equivalent to 7 percent of Italy's economy. The spread of the Cosa Nostra or the culture of the mafia is attributed to the migration of Italians to other nations. When the Italian flag reached other continents, some members of the organization did, too.
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