WorldAlpha will be a 2D social strategy MMO. So, close to what you might be looking for.
To those MMORPG Text Based Players!
Come join our one piece based game! Become the next pirate Warlord of the seas, or join the marines and become the next head admiral!! Hurry and start before our new expansion to get a head start before the new features!!
Try Gangster Game :D sounds just like what you are looking for
If you had chosen differently, what would you have been?
If you could have been better, how much better would you have been?
Gangster Game throws you deep in to the dark underworld of mafia and gangster dons. As you start out a wannabe, managing at best to steal ketchup from a hot-dog stand, you will soon rise up the gangster ranks and prove your true worth.
In the mafia, you are nothing without respect. Throughout 7 cities globally, you will work hard to establish your name, earn respect, and ensure nobody will want to mess with you.
Strong mafia alliances are a must, every gangster knows this. As you progress through the mafia ranks, you will soon realise your need for loyal bodyguards and friends. When you establish your own crime ring, armed with your loyal followers, you will have the chance to show the rest of the world, just what you are capable of.
If you think you could have chosen differently and survived, now is your chance to prove it!
Step foward young wannabe, show the world what you are really made of..
I'd really recommend Achaea, it's the most populated RP-focused text MMO. The playerbase is around 350 - 400 during peak hours.
www.avalon-rpg.com) predates Achaea and originated a lot of the features that are now considered staples in this type of game (player run governments, economies, warfare etc). It's a fascinating and addictive game, well worth a try.
How're those backdoors in the Hourglass engine workin' for you guys these days?