Simon Beránek a native Charnarussian has lived through some of the best and worst times his homeland has ever seen. He was grade school age when independence was achieved in 1991 from the Soviet Union and he saw hope like he had never seen before. Fast forward 18 years, with the country in the grips of a bloody civil war he witnessed atrocities that are still fresh in his mind to this day.
Despite the roller coaster high and lows of his homeland Simon had for the most part a typical upbringing. He had two loving parents and a few siblings, they didn't have much money but they got by alright working their family farm. Simon was a smart kid, a hard worker and quite charming from a young age. He had a great knack for gathering information as people seemed to trust him easily and generally was able to steer peoples decisions to benefit him. School was easy for Simon, which at times got him in trouble due to being bored at the slower pace of his peers. This bordem lead him to set up his first "business" at only 12, a store out of his locker. He sold drinks, snacks and other things to most of the kids in the school.
When he was 16 he got a job as a dishwasher at a local pub in Dubrovka. After working there a few months and establishing a trusting relationship with owners he was put in charge of closing. Being the last on to leave on nights he worked provided some interesting opportunities, most notably a late night card game that he organized with some of his friends. it was just for fun at first but Simon soon came to realize as more people found out the late night activities he could make some serious cash, and that he did.
When grade school came to an end Simon had been able to stow away enough cash from "working" part time to get him into a college business program in Berezino. He progressed through college as he did through grade school, his natural intelligence and work ethic proving to be a winning combination. He continued to run the card game a few times a week in Dubrovka and started to attract more and more attention, maybe a little too much.
One night before closing an older man he recognized as a close friend of his fathers sat at the bar. As the bar closed and only the two of them remained the man waved Simon over, he was apprehensive at first as not only was he a physically impressive individual Simon also believed that his man was connected to some sort of organized crime. The man informed Simon that he knew about the after hours activities and that he was a little aggravated but out of respect for his father came to talk to him, informing him that normally this would be handled in more of a physical manner.
Simon being somewhat naive never thought of his card game attracting this type of attention but knew that this man was doing him a great favor by coming to talk with him. Almost without hesitation Simon went to the back and came back with a handful of cash. He laid down almost $7000 on the counter of the bar. Simon told the man that was the last 2 months take and he had more if the man needed it. Simon poured the man a large glass of the best scotch they had in the building and they talked about things for a couple hours.
As it turns out his fathers good friend was one of the first associates of the Солнцевская братва (Solntsevskaya Bratva) in Chenarus.