“PENI may not be the nation’s ‘number one public enemy,’ but they have more than proven themselves a violent, hateful and dangerous threat- one that needs to be contained.”

Public Enemy Number 1 (PENI) is an official illegal faction that was started by xxxxxxxx on July 4th, 2014 and is currently led by Pie. The faction was made official on September 27th, 2015. They strive to present the most realistic portrayal of a white street and prison gang in LS-RP’s history. Their characters are often addicted to drugs, and do whatever they have to do to be able to fuel their habit. From drug distribution to arms dealing, nothing is off limits.
We had a Q&A with Pie to help provide you with a better idea of what this faction is about:

Q: How long have you been around the server?
A: Since late 2009 or early 2010. I’ve been registered to the forums since June, 2010.

Q: What faction experience do you have?
A: The first faction I was ever invited to was the Mongols MC (2010-2011, I think). The first faction I ever ran was a one-percenter motorcycle club. It was later shut down by the club’s real life attorney due to copyright infringement. After that, me and MattyLis created another one-percenter club that lasted a little longer. We never applied for official, however. Other than that, I’ve been invited to a number of official factions.

Q: What made you decide to make PEN1?
A: “Prior to PENI, nobody was role-playing a white gangbanger seriously to the fullest extent. There hadn’t been any long term factions like PENI outside of prison before. It was a new lane, which combined organized crime and gang/drug roleplay.” -xxxxxxxx

Q: How did you recruit others to start it with you?
A: We had a solid base of players from the Peckerwood Nation when xxxxxxx made the faction. We started out as 9 people, most of whom are still in the faction today. A lot of players joined immediately when we opened, and a smaller white gang got involved too.

Q: How did you find out you were getting official and what were your initial feelings?
A: I was contacted by Unoriginal Gangster & Collins through forum PM and told to get on IRC. I knew right away that it was regarding the faction, since I don't regularly use IRC. I had a good feeling about it.

Q: Any immediate future plans you’d like to tell us about?
A: We’re currently contributing to the revamp of SACF. We also want to influence more players to try and role-play their criminal characters in SACF for longer periods without having to be a part of prison factions. If we can maintain a core of our faction in prison, then other factions can too. The criminal life without a question leads you to either jail or prison and that’s one part of role-play that a lot of players disregard in their character's life and treat it as a timeout instead of development. We also urge more players to follow PENI’s footsteps and start hardcore/punk rock bands in game and try to create a scene for it.

Q: What’s the easiest way for someone to start roleplaying with PEN1?
A: Our faction revolves around sub-sets and we've role-played in different parts of Los Santos (i.e. Santa Maria, Las Colinas, and East Beach) and prison. The best way is to make a young character in their late teens who grew up in the area of the set that he or she wishes to approach. Currently, there are only subsets in Santa Maria/Verona Beach, Las Colinas and prison. Female characters are also encouraged. While it's impossible for a female character to become a PENI member - it's not impossible for a female character to get invited to the faction. There's a reserved rank for it.

Credits: Sarcasmohjoy, Zenophobia, Pie.