History Main / SpacePirates

11th Feb '16 6:20:01 AM HeraldAlberich
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It's not as anachronistic as it might seem. After all, pirates themselves [[note]]Now referred to by many governments as maritime terrorists[[/note]] have made a RealLife comeback in Somalia and South East Asia, and it's a lucrative enough "business" that it's taken a multinational military response to fight back. Surely an established society in outer space with significant trade and commerce would suffer similar problems!
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It's not as anachronistic as it might seem. After all, pirates themselves [[note]]Now RuthlessModernPirates[[note]]Now referred to by many governments as maritime terrorists[[/note]] have made a RealLife comeback in Somalia and South East Asia, and it's a lucrative enough "business" that it's taken a multinational military response to fight back. Surely an established society in outer space with significant trade and commerce would suffer similar problems!
7th Feb '16 6:26:18 PM LtFedora
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* In ''Literature/TheMartian'', marooned astronaut Mark Watney comes to a realization that his best option for rescue technically involves this, due to [[spoiler: a burned-out radio and]] an intersection between international treaties, maritime law, and the RuleOfCool. By international treaties, Mars is international territory governed by maritime law; by maritime law, comandeering a vessel in international waters is piracy; ergo: "That makes me a pirate! A space pirate!"
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* In ''Literature/TheMartian'', marooned astronaut Mark Watney comes to a realization that his best option for rescue technically involves this, due to [[spoiler: a burned-out radio and]] an intersection between international treaties, maritime law, and the RuleOfCool. By international treaties, Mars is international territory governed by maritime law; by maritime law, comandeering commandeering a vessel in international waters is piracy; ergo: "That makes me a pirate! A space pirate!"
29th Jan '16 1:41:28 PM WillKeaton
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** As Obi-Wan pointed out to him, he held both Jedi and Sith hostage. and, ''Jedi'' don't hold grudges.
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** As Obi-Wan pointed out to him, he held both Jedi and Sith hostage. hostage, and, ''Jedi'' don't hold grudges.
29th Jan '16 1:37:43 PM WillKeaton
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* ''The Pirates Of Zan'' by Creator/MurrayLeinster. The protagonist is from a planet whose sole occupation is space piracy. He tries moving to another world and going legit, but when things go badly wrong he has to resort to the traditional methods of his kin. Serialised for ''Astounding'' in 1959 as "The Pirates of Ersatz" with its famous {{zeerust}} cover of a space pirate climbing aboard a rocket with a slide rule [[CutlassBetweenTheTeeth clasped between his teeth]]. (This cover can be seen [[http://www.ansible.co.uk/sfx/sfx129.html here]].)
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* ''The Pirates Of Zan'' by Creator/MurrayLeinster. The protagonist is from a planet whose sole occupation is space piracy. He tries moving to another world and going legit, but when things go badly wrong he has to resort to the traditional methods of his kin. Serialised for ''Astounding'' in 1959 as "The Pirates of Ersatz" with its famous {{zeerust}} cover of a space pirate climbing aboard a rocket with a slide rule [[CutlassBetweenTheTeeth clasped between his teeth]]. (This cover can be seen [[http://www.ansible.co.uk/sfx/sfx129.html here]].)here.]])
29th Jan '16 1:37:18 PM WillKeaton
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* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse has more than a few, most of them overlapping with information brokers and smugglers. Some Space Pirates are slavers. Since most interstellar travel in Star Wars has charted routes and it's considered dangerous to split away from them, and Space Pirates actually tend to strike planets and ships going to and from planets, it's basically justified. A merchant who had found a way to avoid the pirates lying in wait around a planet unfortunately bragged about this. By the way, if you're wondering why Han Solo wasn't able to use his reward for saving Leia to pay off his debt to Jabba the Hutt? A space pirate stole the money from him.
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* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse ''StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] has more than a few, most of them overlapping with information brokers and smugglers. Some Space Pirates are slavers. Since most interstellar travel in Star Wars has charted routes and it's considered dangerous to split away from them, and Space Pirates actually tend to strike planets and ships going to and from planets, it's basically justified. A merchant who had found a way to avoid the pirates lying in wait around a planet unfortunately bragged about this. By the way, if you're wondering why Han Solo wasn't able to use his reward for saving Leia to pay off his debt to Jabba the Hutt? A space pirate stole the money from him.
27th Jan '16 1:59:55 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** As we see with some Insurrectionist elements, humans and other species aren't immune to this either.
25th Jan '16 8:50:20 AM TheIrregular
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* In ''Literature/TheMartian'', marooned astronaut Mark Watney comes to a realization that his best option for rescue technically involves this, due to an intersection between international treaties, maritime law, and the RuleOfCool. By international treaties, Mars is international territory governed by maritime law; by maritime law, comandeering a vessel in international waters is piracy; ergo: "That makes me a pirate! A space pirate!"
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* In ''Literature/TheMartian'', marooned astronaut Mark Watney comes to a realization that his best option for rescue technically involves this, due to [[spoiler: a burned-out radio and]] an intersection between international treaties, maritime law, and the RuleOfCool. By international treaties, Mars is international territory governed by maritime law; by maritime law, comandeering a vessel in international waters is piracy; ergo: "That makes me a pirate! A space pirate!"
23rd Jan '16 3:57:49 PM T8Billings
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* In ''Film/TheMartian'' Mark Watney humorously describes how he is humanity's very first space pirate: --> '''Watney:''' I've been thinking about the laws on Mars. There's an international treaty saying no country can lay claim to anything that's not on Earth. By another treaty, if you're not in any country's territory then maritime law applies. So Mars is international waters. Now, NASA is an American organization, it owns the Hab. But the second I walk outside, I'm in international waters. So here's the cool part; I'm about to leave for Schiaparelli Crater where I'm going to commandeer the Ares IV lander. No one gave me explicit permission to do this, and they can't until I'm on board Ares IV. So I'm going to be taking over a vessel in international waters, which by definition...makes me a pirate. Mark Watney: Space Pirate.
16th Jan '16 10:01:50 PM Nohbody
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* Pirates of the first type served as {{mook}}s in the ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' games ''Privateer'' and ''Privateer 2: The Darkening''. The former even has a mission series operating from a pirate base, as a drug smuggler. ** Though they are Type 1 Space Pirate, some of the headshots on the ocmmunication screen show the pirates with what look like high tech eye patches, though they could be cybernetic eyes they certainly fit with the theme. * ''VideoGame/TheBabylonProject'' expands on the raiders of ''Babylon 5'' mentioned above, allowing you to play a campaign where you're warring against them, or play a campaign where you're one of them.
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* Pirates of the first type served as {{mook}}s in the ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' games ''Privateer'' ''VideoGame/WingCommander'': ** In ''VideoGame/WingCommanderPrivateer'' and ''Privateer 2: The Darkening''. Darkening'', space pirates serve as {{mooks}} in the games. The former even has a mission series operating from a pirate base, as a drug smuggler. ** Though they are Type 1 Space Pirate, smuggler. Although mostly just the "murderous fighter pilots" variety, some of the headshots on the ocmmunication communication screen show the pirates with what look like high tech eye patches, though they could be cybernetic eyes they certainly fit with the theme. theme of the RecycledInSpace variant of space pirate. ** In ''Wing Commander IV'' the first mission set is dedicated to taking out a pirate group that's causing trouble in the area. [[spoiler:They are, per the novelization, specifically there to cause trouble as part of Tolwyn's plan.]] * ''VideoGame/TheBabylonProject'' expands on the raiders of ''Babylon 5'' mentioned above, ''Series/BabylonFive'', allowing you to play a campaign where you're warring against them, or play a campaign where you're one of them.
2nd Jan '16 7:42:00 AM MasterNecromancer
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** Suzie Morgraine-Ryan and her band of Periphery pirates display all the traits of the second option, as a deliberate affectation. Ryan herself dresses in Caribbean-style pirate garb, uses archaic words like "thou" and "thee," and even wears an eyepatch.
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