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Privateer fleets
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Published: June 4, 2013
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Most spacefaring civilizations are willing to use privateers to wage war on their enemies. To become a privateer, the captains of every ship involved and the commander of the fleet must receive a letter of marque from the sponsoring government. They must then abide by certain rules, which vary from government to government. For privateers hired by the Terran Protectorate, they must restrict attacks to enemy ships, avoid civilian casualties and allow a military observer and liaison to serve aboard every command ship. In return, the Protectorate buys their plunder at market rate and repairs their ships for free and provides them with safe harbor and legal protection from actions that would otherwise be considered piracy.
Most privateer fleets are small, rarely exceeding task force size, and often have some personal stake in the war. They also often use a variant of the flag or symbol representing the government that owns their letter of marque.
One example is the Veil Runners Remnants, a group made up of former smugglers and militia groups from Atlatl and Volo in Cooper Sector; both of which were conquered by the Imperial Consortium in its blitz into human space. The group has struck hard at the Consortium's supply lines into Terran Protectorate space and has vowed to help free both planets. It has also smuggled in commando teams and supplies for the Protectorate and resistance groups.
It's symbol is a smoking, flaming and charred version of the Terran Protectorate shield insignia.
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Realmwright's avatar
Realmwright|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow! Great story/organization detail. Did you come up with all of that or is it rules to some established game?

I like the big behemoth and the little Firefly looking one to the right of it.
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ILJackson|Professional Digital Artist
Its all part of a universe I created.
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Misfit-KotLD's avatar
Nice job on the insignia, btw. It's a good touch.
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ILJackson|Professional Digital Artist
I'm tempted to post it by itself, but not sure anybody would really care. However, it does look pretty nice close-up.
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Misfit-KotLD's avatar
We would care. And who else counts.
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Misfit-KotLD's avatar
Sounds like we'll be getting a lot of news when we get back to Erinyes.
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mrc0006's avatar
Masterson: "this is it boys, this is war..."
Will: "what are we waiting for?"
Zan: "why don't we break the rules already?"
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And recruitment begins.
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devduck01|Hobbyist Writer
Nice background/info write up and fantastic ships :)
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ILJackson|Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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