Piracy was the criminal enterprise of intercepting, boarding, and pillaging merchant freighters in the Post Diaspora era.

Historical Description

Piracy was a term describing a robbery committed at sea, or sometimes on the shore, without a commission from a sovereign nation (robbery with a sovereign commission was called privateering, and was distinct from piracy; this required a letter of marque and reprisal (French: lettre de marque; lettre de course).

Privateers were often treated as pirates due to the reality of their political sponsors. (HH10)

Pirate Organizations

Background of Piracy

Generally piracy affected area was the Verge - a space beyond the Solarian League.

Canaan was the location of a piracy crisis. (MA1)

Particulary the Silesian Confederacy was a hotbed of pirate activity with both the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Andermani Empire battling local pirates in the region to assure the safety of their trading lines, merchantmen, and merchant spacers. Manticoran and Andermani efforts were obstructed as many of the pirates had arrangements with the local authorities that allowed them to escape punishment for their crimes. (HHA5.3: LD)

In an attempt to pressure the Manticore to abandon Silesia, the Imperial Andermani Navy drastically increased its anti-piracy operations. (HH10)

After the annexation of the Silesian Confederacy in 1921 PD, many crews of the former Silesian Confederate Navy turned to piracy. Andermani and Manticoran warships were given the authority to pursue pirates regardless of border violations. (Companion, HH12)

As an effect of the Havenite Civil War, after 1915 PD, some Havenite warships were sold to pirates by ex-Peoples Republic's warlords. Moreover, some rogue Havenite units, such as the People's Navy in Exile, operated with its original crew. (SI1, CS2, HH10)

Several ex-StateSec ships operated in the Talbott Cluster and the Republic of Erewhon area. (CS2)

References

  1. In the period between 17th and 19th century PD.
  2. Many of the crews of the PNE worked as pirates before their recruitment while others were mercenaries hired on by its Manpower sponsors to fill out its ranks.
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