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Privateer Vessels use vessels to raid the ebony's commerce with legal charter from a polity.
- They perform many of the same missions as pirates, but while pirates have no legal charter, privateers do. Raiders often perform the same missions: commerce raiding.
- Privateers are included as part of the P-class Corsair Vessel mission grouping.
- The Supraclass designation is also known as Ship Mission, Ship Mission Code, Mission, or Ship Hull Designation.
- It is a starship supraclass.
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Corsairs are infamous throughout space, especially the dreaded Vargr corsair! Corsair vessels may be purposefully built at rogue shipyard or, as often as not, converted from existing ship types and classes.
- Piracy is one of the scourges of Interstellar Trade within Charted Space.
- Some vessels act as privateers with legal imprimatur or commerce raiders under military purview.
- And even other vessels act as Q-ships in a distinctly anti-piracy mission and role. Q-ships are technically H-class security vessels, but are included in this entry since they interact with Type-Ps by design.
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Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)
Raider Vessels are typically ambush ships, hoping to surprise, overcome, and loot unarmed victims. Prize vessels are always desired as well. Most predatory pirate vessels carry boarders not only to overcome enemy crew, but to temporarily crew captured vessels until they can be sold or otherwise disposed of. And Privateer vessels, in turn, ambush corsair vessels along with Q-ships.
Privateer Vessels typically serve the following roles:
- Ambush Ship (PR)
- Commerce Raider (PR)
- Corporate Raider (PR)
- Escort Raider (PR)
- Frontier Raider (PR)
- Pirate Raider (PR)
- Privateer (PRP)
- Privateer Vessel (PRP)
- Raider Escort (PR)
- Raider Q-Carrier (PR)
- Raider Tender (PR)
- Raider Vessel (PR) (Namesake)
- Scout Raider (PR)
- Battle Rider (BR)
- Combat Barge (WBG)
- Combat Transport Smallcraft (UI)
- Fighters (F)
- Militarized Utility Craft (UQ)
|PR-class Raider Vessel Supraclass Archetypes|
|Raider Vessel||PR||Chameleon class Commerce Raider|| Raider vessels attempt to attack enemy ships and assets in order to degrade their war making capability.
|Privateer Vessel||PRP||Slade Mark I class Frontier Raider|| Privateers are a polity-sanctioned vessel that raids opposing polity vessels with a legal sanction.
|NOTES: There is semantic overlap between many of the classes and codes. Some codes organize by mission or capability, others by size and tonnage, and yet others by other characteristics.|
One role not normally taken by the Imperial Navy is that of privateer. Dating back to the days of sea navies, governments have issued letters of marque and reprisal which allow a ship captain to attack enemy shipping, and seize cargo and goods. Many smaller Imperial Navy ships have been issued such instructions by their faction and sent off to raid the trade lanes of the enemy. 
The raided enemy has another word for this activity: piracy. To the raided enemy, pirates are little better than criminals, subject to harsh combat action if discovered and to the death penalty if captured. 
Privateers lead a difficult existence. They cruise for months along the trade lanes, raiding shipping for goods and supplies. When successful, they also drive off the very ship traffic they need to survive and attract naval forces to suppress them. Virtually no port of call is safe for them, so small, clandestine bases become essential if their ships are to be hidden and resupplied. Alter a long mission, they return to their own territory for needed maintenance and new orders. 
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type PRP class Privateer
Ship Summary List
Some of the most commonly used vessels in this role or these roles include:
|16 Representative Raider Vessel (PR) Classes|
|4 Representative Privateer Vessel (PRP) Classes|
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- Marc Miller. Fighting Ships of the Shattered Imperium (Game Designers Workshop, 1990), 8.
- J. Andrew Keith. Letter of Marque (Cargonaut Press, 1998), TBD.
- Steve Daniels, Jim McLean, Christopher Thrash. Far Trader (Steve Jackson Games, 1999), TBD.
- Gareth Hanrahan. The Pirates of Drinax (Mongoose Publishing, 2011), TBD.
- Marc Miller. T5 Core Rules (Far Future Enterprises, 2013), TBD.
- Gareth Hanrahan. The Pirates of Drinax (Mongoose Publishing, 2017), TBD.
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