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Policy on piracy

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What exactly is the policy on piracy? I mean i know we don't encourage it and I have read the Directory but what is the in-depth policy? for example...is it legal(within the company rules) to have an affiliate organization which specializes in piracy, but never attack or threaten members of this Org.? Or only against its enemy, so it is something like and undercover piracy support/infiltration sort of thing?
I would really like to know this, because i could then figure out if i'm going to be concentrating on bounty hunting or pirating for other companies for this company (if that makes sense)

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TheGreatJaggia,

The current policy on piracy is that it is not allowed. However, what I believe you are asking is if being a Privateer is allowed. Or a Mercenary.

What is a Privateer?

An armed ship owned and officered by private individuals holding a government commission and authorized for use in war, esp. in the capture of enemy merchant shipping.


Our current rules, policies and definitions of what's what are not in depth enough yet to provide an answer at this time, but the TA leadership is aware of this and will provide clarity by the time this becomes relevant!

We take pride in honesty, trade and exploration, so if it feels like you're morally stepping out of bounds my best advice for now is to be careful crossing that line.

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TA would never affiliate with any organization that pirates. I would imagine this would extend to individuals even when they're only pirating under someone else's name. Having a known pirate in our midst is a political nightmare regardless of how the game winds up being structured. Imagine if your attacked for being a known pirate while your under our name on a trade run, we'll have to defend you. Like Whiplash said this hasn't been defined yet and may be allowed by I personally highly doubt it.

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TheGreatJaggia,

The current policy on piracy is that it is not allowed. However, what I believe you are asking is if being a Privateer is allowed. Or a Mercenary.



Our current rules, policies and definitions of what's what are not in depth enough yet to provide an answer at this time, but the TA leadership is aware of this and will provide clarity by the time this becomes relevant!

We take pride in honesty, trade and exploration, so if it feels like you're morally stepping out of bounds my best advice for now is to be careful crossing that line.


Theres a joke there but i'll avoid it :D , but thanks for the helpful advice. Because what i had in mind was that i could privateer for the company under a different name ==> no political enemies ;) , but I'd prefer bounty hunting anyways so thank you all for the responses

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Actually, shouldn't we all wait for a definitive explanation on what piracy actually is before start trying to define what is black and what is white?

I'm assuming the kind of piracy that this company is against is simply the predatory kind made EXCLUSIVELY of harassing and farming? random players.

Yet there are still 2 other types of piracy that we'll be most likely forced to practice, one being NPC oriented piracy as it's probably the most standart way to complete goals, and the Privateering type which is basically a company sanctioned piracy of specific targets based on the community interests.

I reinforce the notion that this simply my own speculation considering the lack of general info of game mechanics to be. 8-)

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Piracy is an act of robbery or criminal violence by ship or boat-borne attackers upon another ship or a coastal area, typically with the goal of stealing cargo and other valuable items or properties. Those who engage in acts of piracy are called pirates. The earliest documented instances of piracy were in the 14th century BC, when the Sea Peoples, a group of ocean raiders, attacked the ships of the Aegean and Mediterranean civilizations. Narrow channels which funnel shipping into predictable routes have long created opportunities for piracy,[1] as well as for privateering and commerce raiding. Historic examples include the waters of Gibraltar, the Strait of Malacca, Madagascar, the Gulf of Aden, and the English Channel, whose geographic strictures facilitated pirate attacks.[2] A land-based parallel is the ambushing of travelers by bandits and brigands in highways and mountain passes.[3] Privateering uses similar methods to piracy, but the captain acts under orders of the state authorizing the capture of merchant ships belonging to an enemy nation, making it a legitimate form of war-like activity by non-state actors.[4]

 

So says Wikipedia - Although this could only be the thin end of the wedge.  I think at the right time it would be very useful to actually specify what practices are acceptable / tolerated within the Org. Handling stolen goods? Moving items from one place to another that are considered "dubious" by the relevent authority? Personally I plan on being an upstanding trader who specifically trades in heavily patrolled areas with plenty of security for preference.

 

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We have to see what UEE laws are, before we can work everything out. But I think it safe to say attacking people is out. 

 

It Grey areas like bounty hunting. Where you might end up having the ship of the person/NPC in your care or destroying it. Do that mean you can take the ship, cargo, components or info off the ship. Do you then have the right to keep/sell anything off that ship. If you are not in UEE space, do it count as a crime if you sell it all before coming back in to UEE space. Is it down to what they are wanted for. Higher level wanted people you can take what you want. Lower level crimes you have to get them and their ship (if they have one) and get them back safe and you cant take anything. Will it hurt your reputation if you do take stuff?. 

 

As for cargo and taking stolen good. Can you tell if they are stolen? where you getting them from and how you are getting them? and where you going to sell them? Do you have to go in to UEE space? How good you are at cargo runs? What routes you are going to take? It lots of stuff to be worked out even if you are able to do it. Also this is a lawful Org so if they catch you in UEE space you might get kicked. If you are dumb and try going into Xi-an space with dubious cargo with all the military and police in that area from UEE and Xi-an. Then it most likely you get kick. 

 

If you are doing stuff that can affect the reputation of the Org that up to you. If you get caught it on your head. So if you are going to do it be smart stay out of UEE space. Or stay out of well traveled areas. That mean stay away from jump points, trade routes, Lawful space station and planets.

 

No slavery what so ever. Unless you are buying people in Banu space and you are setting them free. Because they might have info you need or you can get high level NPC crew that way. 

 

But I am not a officer so this is just some ideas from me. But I think we have to wait until beta to work all this out. Until then no trolling and have fun. 

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