Gotham’s answer to the Boston Brahmins, the eleven founding families of the city run both the main businesses of the city and all of the crime and corruption. Each family appoints a member to sit on the Council, which oversees the activities of the various gangs that actually commit the crimes in the city.
The strength of the Council is that it runs everything in Gotham City as a business – optimizing profits, dealing with territorial disputes, and making sure that its employees are well-paid and loyal. Though the Council doesn’t go out of its way to hurt those outside its umbrella, it also has no interest in making their lives better. And it’s completely ruthless when it comes to those who get in the way.
Distinction: Crime is Money