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4th May '16 1:20:54 PM Eievie
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Often used to allow the {{pirate}} atmosphere without some of the...less civilized parts. Turning into a real pirate was a recurring problem with privateers. Of course, [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters one nation's "privateer" is often another nation's "pirate"]]. Sometimes the same nation would even issue letters of marque when fighting a powerful navy they couldn't match in conventional warfare, then [[{{Hypocrite}} turn right around and denounce it]] as an illegitimate tactic when they were up against less powerful nations. Indeed, until the eighteenth century the distinction wasn't formalized in international law, and any ship with enough muscle could go a-rovin on a whim however respectable it was in port. It was also common for an IntrepidMerchant to moonlight as a privateer. After all, all that was needed was a paper, and one could have the object of profiting by {{Plunder}} as well as being the subject of it.

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Often used to allow the {{pirate}} atmosphere without some of the...the… less civilized parts. Turning into a real pirate was a recurring problem with privateers. Of course, [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters one nation's "privateer" is often another nation's "pirate"]]. Sometimes the same nation would even issue letters of marque when fighting a powerful navy they couldn't match in conventional warfare, then [[{{Hypocrite}} turn right around and denounce it]] as an illegitimate tactic when they were up against less powerful nations. Indeed, until the eighteenth century the distinction wasn't formalized in international law, and any ship with enough muscle could go a-rovin on a whim however respectable it was in port. It was also common for an IntrepidMerchant to moonlight as a privateer. After all, all that was needed was a paper, and one could have the object of profiting by {{Plunder}} as well as being the subject of it.



** WordOfGod notes that the Shichibukai are indeed based off the privateers, and a few, notably Bartholomew Kuma, are inspired directly from them... if in name only.

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** WordOfGod notes that the Shichibukai are indeed based off the privateers, and a few, notably Bartholomew Kuma, are inspired directly from them... them… if in name only.
17th Jan '16 10:09:25 AM cybertoy0
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** Following the TimeSkip, Buggy the Clown has started an organization called the Pirate Temp Agency, whose member crews and warriors are allowed to pillage and plunder for the highest bidder. [[spoiler: it's legal because Buggy became a Shichibukai, providing him with UltimateJobSecurity.]]
8th Jan '16 8:35:54 PM Fireblood
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* Jean Lafitte was another famous pirate and privateer who fought for the US during the War of 1812. (During his lifetime, he fought as a privateer under a number of flags; a true pirate, his allegiances were all over the map.) Until then he had operated what was basically a private empire with a fleet bigger than the US Navy[[note]]Although back in those days, that was not a great accomplishment[[/note]]
* Hayreddin [[CaptainColorbeard Barbarossa]] and the other Barbary Pirates were , for a while, technically privateers for the Ottoman Empire. Generally quite successful, many Europeans fled to Algiers and Tripoli to join them. It wasn't until the mid 19th century until they were stamped out, though by then their power had decreased dramatically.
* By the eighteenth century Privateers had evolved from swashbucklers to what were effectively naval officers working for a private concern. They observed TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar as well as naval officers did and had an elaborate system of law regarding captures(which even alowed a privateer to file suit in a rival beligerant's court after the war if a ship wasn't properly ransomed).

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* Jean Lafitte was another famous pirate and privateer who fought for the US during the War of 1812. (During his lifetime, he fought as a privateer under a number of flags; a true pirate, his allegiances were all over the map.) Until then he had operated what was basically a private empire with a fleet bigger than the US Navy[[note]]Although Navy.[[note]]Although back in those days, that was not a great accomplishment[[/note]]
accomplishment.[[/note]]
* Hayreddin [[CaptainColorbeard Barbarossa]] and the other Barbary Pirates were , were, for a while, technically privateers for the Ottoman Empire. Generally quite successful, many Europeans fled to Algiers and Tripoli to join them. It wasn't until the mid 19th century until that they were stamped out, though by then their power had decreased dramatically.
* By the eighteenth century Privateers privateers had evolved from swashbucklers to what were effectively naval officers working for a private concern. They observed TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar as well as naval officers did and had an elaborate system of law regarding captures(which captures (which even alowed allowed a privateer to file suit in a rival beligerant's belligerent's court after the war if a ship wasn't properly ransomed).
1st Jan '16 5:22:55 PM JRDelta
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* In 1980, in the midst of the Iranian Hostage Crisis, at least one man applied to Congress for a Letter of Marque. He planned to seize tankers carrying Iranian oil out of the Gulf. Sadly, he was turned down.
27th Nov '15 6:39:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean: Dead Man's Chest'' Lord Cutler Beckett offers pirate Jack Sparrow a Letter of Marque in exchange for his compass. In ''On Stranger Tides'', Sparrow's former first mate Barbossa has himself become a privateer. [[spoiler:At least until the end of the film where he takes over Blackbeard's ship]].
* The hero of the 1952 movie ''TheGoldenHawk'' is a privateer.
* The enemy ship pursued by the crew of the ''Surprise'' in ''MasterAndCommanderTheFarSideOfTheWorld'' is a French privateer.

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* In ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean: Dead Man's Chest'' ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'' Lord Cutler Beckett offers pirate Jack Sparrow a Letter of Marque in exchange for his compass. compass.
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In ''On Stranger Tides'', ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'', Sparrow's former first mate Barbossa has himself become a privateer. [[spoiler:At least until the end of the film where he takes over Blackbeard's ship]].
* The hero of the 1952 movie ''TheGoldenHawk'' ''Film/TheGoldenHawk'' is a privateer.
* The enemy ship pursued by the crew of the ''Surprise'' in ''MasterAndCommanderTheFarSideOfTheWorld'' ''Film/MasterAndCommanderTheFarSideOfTheWorld'' is a French privateer.
23rd Oct '15 9:25:18 AM HolyDriver
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* The Seven Warlords of the Sea of ''Manga/OnePiece'' are seven highly powerful pirates who've had their [[PowerLevels bounties]] canceled in exchange for working autonomously on TheGovernment's behalf. They're notoriously hard to control, and some, like [[MagnificentBastard Crocodile]], are/were actively working against the World Government.
** WordOfGod notes that the Warlords are indeed based off the privateers, and a few, notably Bartholomew Kuma, are inspired directly from them... if in name only.

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* The Seven Warlords of the Sea Shichibukai of ''Manga/OnePiece'' are seven highly powerful pirates who've had their [[PowerLevels bounties]] canceled in exchange for working autonomously on TheGovernment's behalf. They're notoriously hard to control, and some, like [[MagnificentBastard Crocodile]], are/were actively working against the World Government.
** WordOfGod notes that the Warlords Shichibukai are indeed based off the privateers, and a few, notably Bartholomew Kuma, are inspired directly from them... if in name only.
24th Jun '15 10:23:29 PM erforce
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* Privateering is a major focus of Michael Crichton's novel ''PirateLatitudes''.

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* Privateering is a major focus of Michael Crichton's Creator/MichaelCrichton's novel ''PirateLatitudes''.''Literature/PirateLatitudes''. One character gets swiftly punished ofr mixing it up with common piracy.



* In one of the ''NewJediOrder'' novels, Han and Talon Karrde go on a series of raids against Vong-allied shipping transporting supplies and captives. He mentions to one aggrieved captain that since he's only targeting the Vong, he's a privateer, not a pirate. (Technically he's not, since nobody in the New Republic authorized it.)
* In SergeyLukyanenko's ''LineOfDelirium'', Curtis Van Curtis, the second most powerful man in the [[TheEmpire Human Empire]], used to be a privateer during the Vague War. Thousands of these were given small one-manned raider vessels to go after humanity's enemies (which was [[CrapsackWorld everyone at the time]]). Arguably, they did more damage to the enemy than the regular forces.
* Ky Vatta in ''VattasWar'' is a privateer in Space, fighting pirates who are trying to conquer the galaxy.

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* In one of the ''NewJediOrder'' ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' novels, Han and Talon Karrde go on a series of raids against Vong-allied shipping transporting supplies and captives. He mentions to one aggrieved captain that since he's only targeting the Vong, he's a privateer, not a pirate. (Technically he's not, since nobody in the New Republic authorized it.)
* In SergeyLukyanenko's ''LineOfDelirium'', Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/LineOfDelirium'', Curtis Van Curtis, the second most powerful man in the [[TheEmpire Human Empire]], used to be a privateer during the Vague War. Thousands of these were given small one-manned raider vessels to go after humanity's enemies (which was [[CrapsackWorld everyone at the time]]). Arguably, they did more damage to the enemy than the regular forces.
* Ky Vatta in ''VattasWar'' ''Literature/VattasWar'' is a privateer in Space, fighting pirates who are trying to conquer the galaxy.



* In the ''{{Safehold}}'' series Charis commissions dozens if not hundreds of privateers and sends them out to systematically destroy the shipping of every other nation on the planet in retaliation for their participating in the Group of Four's undeclared war against Charis.

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* In the ''{{Safehold}}'' ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series Charis commissions dozens if not hundreds of privateers and sends them out to systematically destroy the shipping of every other nation on the planet in retaliation for their participating in the Group of Four's undeclared war against Charis.
14th Jun '15 4:56:39 PM zarpaulus
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* One of the "nanofics" collected in ''[[Literature/{{Eldraeverse}} The Core War and Other Stories]]'' is a letter of marque issued by the [[LibertariansInSpace Empire of the Star]], followed by a brief commentary on the armed merchant ship to whom that specific letter had been issued to.
11th Jun '15 10:14:56 AM sgamer82
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* The Shichibukai of ''OnePiece'' are seven highly powerful pirates who've had their [[PowerLevels bounties]] canceled in exchange for working autonomously on TheGovernment's behalf. They're notoriously hard to control, and some, like [[MagnificentBastard Crocodile]], are/were actively working against the World Government.
** WordOfGod notes that the Shichibukai are indeed based off the privateers, and a few, notably Bartholomew Kuma, are inspired directly from them... if in name only.

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* The Shichibukai Seven Warlords of ''OnePiece'' the Sea of ''Manga/OnePiece'' are seven highly powerful pirates who've had their [[PowerLevels bounties]] canceled in exchange for working autonomously on TheGovernment's behalf. They're notoriously hard to control, and some, like [[MagnificentBastard Crocodile]], are/were actively working against the World Government.
** WordOfGod notes that the Shichibukai Warlords are indeed based off the privateers, and a few, notably Bartholomew Kuma, are inspired directly from them... if in name only.
16th May '15 5:16:22 PM nombretomado
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* Unlike the other Covenant races in ''{{Halo}}'', the Kig-Yar (Jackals) are not officially a part of it. Instead, they're paid mercenaries who have to, at least, pretend to believe in the holiness of the [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]]. They operate their own ships and are allowed to raid non-Covenant ships and colonies.

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* Unlike the other Covenant races in ''{{Halo}}'', ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the Kig-Yar (Jackals) are not officially a part of it. Instead, they're paid mercenaries who have to, at least, pretend to believe in the holiness of the [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]]. They operate their own ships and are allowed to raid non-Covenant ships and colonies.
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