The Outlaws of Down Cthulhu
A network of islands and inlets and channels where the mines of ghost rock originates. All this was caused by the quake of ‘68. Chinese pirates and smugglers frequent it; sort of underground railroad to Frisco to harbor illegal Chinese immigrants.
California passed a law against Chinese entering. So they are smuggled in, ending up on railroads, the Chinatowns of LA and Lost Angels; also an underground railroad type of thing to move them to San Francisco.
Political reasoning was they were afraid they would take jobs from the citizens. Weird twist is it is against the law for them to enter CA, but once they are here they can’t be sent back. You must then prove absolutely they sneaked in, which is difficult. There are anti Chinese sentiments of course, even gang activity.
Gomorrah:Biggest city in the maze, on a plateau, biggest boomtown ever. Best gun makes the law; sheriff is the best, plus his lawdogs. Texas Rangers are there, federal secret agents, straight confederates (all making sure the rock makes it to their homeland), miners guild; Collegeum inventors club (everone knows they are insane from working with ghostrock, its cheapest right where it’s mined), Haelstrom is allied with them.
This is no place for civilized man
Kang: Chinese pirate warlord of the Maze