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4th May '16 10:34:21 PM Eievie
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Depending how you view the future, lawlessness will ''always'' be present in society. There's ''always'' going to be a shadier, nastier way of doing business, and that will almost certainly follow humanity to the stars. Thus, sci-fi authors will include {{Exp|y}}ies of modern and historic un/organized crime, be they space mafia, gangs, or -- in our case -- ''pirates.''

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Depending how you view the future, lawlessness will ''always'' be present in society. There's ''always'' going to be a shadier, nastier way of doing business, and that will almost certainly follow humanity to the stars. Thus, sci-fi authors will include {{Exp|y}}ies of modern and historic un/organized crime, be they space mafia, gangs, or -- in or--in our case -- ''pirates.''
case--''pirates''.



... Well, maybe. The major problem with space pirates preying on space commerce is that space is '''''vast'''''. The challenge of catching commercial shipping in open space is orders of magnitudes more difficult than catching them on the open seas. On the other hand, ''detecting'' commercial shipping in open space is orders of magnitude easier, just because it is so empty and clear. Sometimes, this is cleverly worked around and justified. [[ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale Most of the time, however, it isn't.]] Particularly since doing so would require working in a plausible means for the pirates to ''escape'' undetected after plundering their target.

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... Well, …well, maybe. The major problem with space pirates preying on space commerce is that space is '''''vast'''''. The challenge of catching commercial shipping in open space is orders of magnitudes more difficult than catching them on the open seas. On the other hand, ''detecting'' commercial shipping in open space is orders of magnitude easier, just because it is so empty and clear. Sometimes, this is cleverly worked around and justified. [[ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale Most of the time, however, it isn't.]] Particularly since doing so would require working in a plausible means for the pirates to ''escape'' undetected after plundering their target.



# The normal version are violent criminals with a spaceship, who attack other spaceships, just like [[RuthlessModernPirates present-day pirates]] (or, in fact, most pirates of any kind). Once you have shipping between different solar systems/planets, pirates preying on said shipping are bound to show. Simple as that. [[JustifiedTrope Done this way, piracy actually makes sense]], provided there's an enabling factor. That could be anything from the technology of the setting creating trade lanes (via a PortalNetwork, predictable HyperspaceLanes thanks to [[NegativeSpaceWedgie Negative Space Wedgies]], or timed space flights between planets to reduce time spent between planets, as in RealLife), to using a variant of the method employed by modern pirates (say, smaller ships striking at commercial shipping in the orbit of a planet).

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# The normal version are violent criminals with a spaceship, who attack other spaceships, just like [[RuthlessModernPirates present-day pirates]] (or, pirates]]--or, in fact, most pirates of any kind).kind. Once you have shipping between different solar systems/planets, pirates preying on said shipping are bound to show. Simple as that. [[JustifiedTrope Done this way, piracy actually makes sense]], provided there's an enabling factor. That could be anything from the technology of the setting creating trade lanes (via a PortalNetwork, predictable HyperspaceLanes thanks to [[NegativeSpaceWedgie Negative Space Wedgies]], or timed space flights between planets to reduce time spent between planets, as in RealLife), to using a variant of the method employed by modern pirates (say, smaller ships striking at commercial shipping in the orbit of a planet).



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28th Apr '16 1:46:48 PM ilmaisin
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* The ClosestThingWeGot in real life is the unauthorized use of communication satellites. Some of the comm satellites are simple radio repeaters without complicated authontication mechanisms. One of those incidents happened in 2007 when Tamil rebels pirated an Intelsat satellite to transmit their radio and TV propaganda broadcasts[[http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/659ab77e-c276-11e4-ad89-00144feab7de.html]].

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* The ClosestThingWeGot in real life is the unauthorized use of communication satellites. Some of the comm satellites them are simple radio repeaters without complicated authontication authentication mechanisms. One of those incidents happened in 2007 when Tamil rebels pirated an Intelsat satellite to transmit their radio and TV propaganda broadcasts[[http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/659ab77e-c276-11e4-ad89-00144feab7de.html]].
27th Apr '16 4:06:44 PM Gamermaster
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* [[spoiler: Luluco's mother]] in ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuluco''.
17th Apr '16 5:17:52 AM Nippertipper
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# The other version does a RecycledInSPACE on [[APirate400YearsTooLate every eighteenth century pirate cliche ever]]. Reasons for including this version will typically be along the lines of "Because SpaceIsAnOcean, it has to have {{Pirate}}s" rather than making any meaningful attempt at justifying their existence. They have Cornish accents and [[TalkLikeAPirate say "Arr!" a lot]]. They have [[PirateParrot parrots]] (probably robotic), and they're DressedToPlunder with [[ArtificialLimbs false limbs]] (probably cybernetic), beards, tricorn hats, and eyepatches (or cybernetic eyes). They may even have ships shaped like [[SpaceSailing boats]], and instead of making their victims WalkThePlank, they set them adrift in [[EscapePod escape pods]] or just [[ThrownOutTheAirlock throw them out the airlock]]. Lacking ropes, they'll beam a BoardingParty over to their victim's ship, or send out a shuttle, or use a TractorBeam.

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# The other version does a RecycledInSPACE on [[APirate400YearsTooLate every eighteenth century pirate cliche ever]]. Reasons for including this version will typically be along the lines of "Because SpaceIsAnOcean, it has to have {{Pirate}}s" rather than making any meaningful attempt at justifying their existence. They have Cornish accents and [[TalkLikeAPirate say "Arr!" a lot]]. They have [[PirateParrot parrots]] (probably robotic), and they're DressedToPlunder with [[ArtificialLimbs false limbs]] (probably cybernetic), beards, tricorn hats, and eyepatches (or cybernetic eyes). They may even have ships shaped like [[SpaceSailing boats]], and instead of making their victims WalkThePlank, they set them adrift in [[EscapePod escape pods]] waiting for the oxygen tanks to run out or just [[ThrownOutTheAirlock throw them out the airlock]].airlock]] without any protective gear. Lacking ropes, they'll beam a BoardingParty over to their victim's ship, or send out a shuttle, or use a TractorBeam.
28th Mar '16 7:02:41 PM JackG
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Compare SkyPirates. See also: {{Pirate}} and PirateGirl. You will [[SpaceIsAnOcean often see them fighting]] {{Space Marine}}s.

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Compare SkyPirates.SkyPirates and SalvagePirates. See also: {{Pirate}} and PirateGirl. You will [[SpaceIsAnOcean often see them fighting]] {{Space Marine}}s.
29th Feb '16 4:29:40 AM Veanne
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* In the ''Webcomic/{{Runners}}'' 'verse we've met two groups of those so far; Harmon's regular pirates out for loot and the bloodthirsty Kagaan-Vas.
24th Feb '16 3:37:30 PM Saber15
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* Piracy is alive and well in the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' universe due to the relative ease of capturing most recharging [=JumpShips=], though actual independent pirate and bandit groups are seen more in the Periphery beyond the reach of either the Clans or the Great Houses. They don't so much attack civilian shipping as they raid poorly defended worlds directly, though.

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* Piracy is alive and well in the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' universe due to the relative ease of capturing most recharging [=JumpShips=], though actual independent pirate and bandit groups are seen more mostly in the Periphery beyond the reach of either the Clans or the Great Houses. They don't so much attack civilian shipping as they raid poorly defended worlds directly, though. A number of particularly large pirate bands have banded up and attempted to go 'legitimate' and set themselves up as an actual nation, such as the Oberon Confederation or Circinus Federation.
23rd Feb '16 10:49:39 AM MegaMarioMan
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* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction'' has ''[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot robot]]'' space pirates of the second type. ''[[RatchetAndClank Quest For Booty]]'' has ''undead'' robot space pirates! And zombie ninja pandas are briefly referred to in ''Tools of Destruction'', presumably to complete the NinjaPirateZombieRobot requirement.

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* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction'' has ''[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot robot]]'' space pirates of the second type. ''[[RatchetAndClank Quest ''Quest For Booty]]'' Booty'' has ''undead'' robot space pirates! And zombie ninja pandas are briefly referred to in ''Tools of Destruction'', presumably to complete the NinjaPirateZombieRobot requirement.
16th Feb '16 11:44:31 AM ilaiho
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* The ClosestThingWeGot in real life is the unauthorized use of communication satellites. Some of the comm satellites are simple radio repeaters without complicated authontication mechanisms. One of those incidents happened in 2007 when Tamil rebels pirated an Intelsat satellite to transmit their radio and TV propaganda broadcasts[[http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/659ab77e-c276-11e4-ad89-00144feab7de.html]].
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14th Feb '16 6:48:35 PM jgoulden
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' had an episode titled ''The Pirates of Orion,'' complete with pirate spaceship, as a possible forerunner to the Orion Syndicate in ''StarTrekDeepSpaceNine.''
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