Fort Staunton (formerly known as Little Italy) is an area in Liberty City that appears in Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. It is located in Staunton Island, surrounding Rockford, Newport and Liberty Campus.
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In GTA III, set in 2001, the area is under construction for the new Staunton Plaza (due to be complete "next fall"). Most of the area around Fort Staunton is dug out and contains shells of past buildings, an unknown tunnel, and a large multi-storey building bearing the banner of Panlantic Construction Company, who are in charge of the area's development. The Panlantic Construction Company is suspected by the LCPD to be one of the many fronts for the Colombian Cartel, which explains the presence of Cartel members and their cartel trucks in the area.Fort Staunton is revealed in GTA: Liberty City Stories, set three years earlier in 1998, to be previously known as Little Italy. Fort Staunton has several buildings, mainly consisting of apartment blocks, hotels, and stores. However, the area is controlled by the Forelli Family. The district is later destroyed by Toni Cipriani, after he had planted explosives in a disused subway station via an unfinished section of the Porter Tunnel, on the orders of Donald Love, in an act of revenge against the Colombian Cartel and Panlantic Construction Company, who had nearly killed him. After the explosion, the district is cordoned off; no traffic or pedestrians are seen around the area, with firefighters and military personnel surveying the scene. The explosion also damaged the Forellis, lowering their presence in the area.
It can be assumed that sometime between 1998 and 2001, the Panlantic Construction Company eventually moved in to redevelop Fort Staunton, clearing away nearly all remnants of the district to start the construction of Staunton Plaza. There is still a short tunnel under the area in GTA III that may be the only remaining bit of the disused subway tunnel Toni Cipriani used to plant the explosives, alongside several shells of buildings.
As the Panlantic Construction Company is a front of the Colombian Cartel, Fort Staunton is depicted in GTA III to be under the control of the gang during early progression of the game's storyline. However, with Donald Love orchestrating the murder of Yakuza co-leader Kenji Kasen to falsely implicate the Cartel for Kenji's assassination and instigate a gang war between the two factions, the Yakuza launched an offensive into Fort Staunton, leading to Yakuza members appearing on the streets. This causes war between the Yakuza, Cartel, and, if nearby, the Yardies surrounding Newport. Fort Staunton is the most violent neighborhood in GTA III, because members of the Cartel from the beginning of the game continuously attack and try to kill the player if he passes through. However, once Grand Theft Aero is completed, it becomes a much safer district as the Yakuza will usually fend off the Cartel, although it is still not recommended to drive around the area for long periods.
The Little Italy area of Fort Staunton in GTA: Liberty City Stories is controlled by the Forellis, who apparently maintain a large ammunition storage area underneath the district. The aforementioned destruction of the district was backed up by Leone don Salvatore Leone, to cripple the Forellis presence within the city. After the explosion, local media blamed the Forellis' munitions storage as being the source of the explosion. After the completion of Bringing The House Down, Forelli members will stop spawning around the area, but will still spawn on the borders of Newport and Fort Staunton, albeit rarer.
- When the player achieves 100% Completion in GTA Liberty City Stories, a Rhino will spawn at the large crater left by the explosion near the Staunton Café.
- Two full scale gang wars erupted in Fort Staunton, the first being in GTA: Liberty City Stories between the Forellis and the Sindaccos, and with the second being in GTA III between the Colombian Cartel and the Yakuza.
- In GTA: Liberty City Stories, the soldiers that spawn in this area are coded as armed civilians instead of law enforcement or a standalone "gang". When the army starts chasing the player at a 6-star wanted level, they will not join the fight. This can also be observed if the "pedestrians follow" cheat is entered.
- Fort Staunton in GTA: Liberty City Stories is similar to how in real life the world trade center area looked before WTC 1 and WTC 2 were built. It also had a similar fate as in the mission Burning down the House except obviously not a terrorist attack.