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Why isn't the Solar System infested with space pirates?

There’s nowhere to hide in space You established that your universe has sensor technology that can detect the specific material composition of asteroids from 2-3 AU away (mercury orbit to the asteroid ...
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The deaf prisoner got her secret message and the pirates never knew. How was that possible?

Painting: The key here is that the kids haul loot, and the deaf kid can understand sign language. So if the person slipping them the message can get a bulky, visibly obvious object like a treasure ...
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How to stop space pirates from stealing goods using a teleporter, without breaking the bank?

A demilitarized WHAT now?! Teleporters aren't weapons?! HOW THE HELL do the pirates end up not only surviving in the demilitarized zone but also thriving there? Demilitarized zones aren't just some ...
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How to stop space pirates from stealing goods using a teleporter, without breaking the bank?

ATM machines ATM machines have been the target of crime since their introduction. Who doesn't like a a machine full of money with relatively low supervision? No humans pulling crazy stunts and any ...
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Is it possible to effectively fight piracy in a solar-system wide human civilization?

Here's the most important thing to remember: there ain't no stealth in space* Travelling promptly across interplanetary distances requires powerful engines. Even if you have magical reactionless ...
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Is it possible to effectively fight piracy in a solar-system wide human civilization?

Hire escorts. These pirates with their crappy poorly armed but just as fast ships - they want to eat regularly. Stealing loads of ore is hard, dangerous work. Payday comes infrequently or not at all....
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Space Piracy, a case study

Highly Unlikely In the real world throughout history, in order for a vehicle to get from point A to point B it must trace a continuous path, direct or otherwise, through three-dimensional space ...
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Why isn't the Solar System infested with space pirates?

If you eradicate Poverty and Inequality, combined with improved living conditions and technology, Piracy no longer makes sense. Piracy only makes sense if it improves the lives of those ordering or ...
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Is it possible to effectively fight piracy in a solar-system wide human civilization?

No Pirate is an Island Pirates never have and never will exist in isolation. Doesn't matter if it was viking raiders, 17th European pirates or 21st century Solmali pirates. They exist as part of a ...
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How can this prison induce Stockholm syndrome?

This is bit of a frame challenge. In popular culture, we understand Stockholm syndrome as hostages becoming sympathetic of their captors, and defending their actions even after the fact. I'm going to ...
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The deaf prisoner got her secret message and the pirates never knew. How was that possible?

Since the girl knows sign language, use that in an unconventional way. Rather than standing out in the open signing, which will obviously draw attention, arrange objects to spell out words in the sign ...
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Why isn't the Solar System infested with space pirates?

The barrier to entry is too expensive. Space ships are expensive which makes it too difficult for pirates to obtain and operate ships unless they are well funded and well established. This means ...
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How can this prison induce Stockholm syndrome?

Better Jobs (or at least the perception of better jobs) If the pirates give the captives responsibilities, good conditions and some degree of freedom/control over their own work, why wouldn't they ...
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Why isn't the Solar System infested with space pirates?

Physics and Sneakiness The parties interested in preventing piracy (nation states, probably), make one in ten of their cargo haulers Q-ships. By the time the would-be pirate gets close enough (5km!?!) ...
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Why isn't the Solar System infested with space pirates?

Drone ships You already have AIs piloting space ships, which means it's not profitable to sit in a cargo ship for the long trip from the asteroid belt to wherever the mined resources are shipped to. ...
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How to stop space pirates from stealing goods using a teleporter, without breaking the bank?

TP-Jammer Most technologies are first developed or researched by the military or at least have some sort of intent for military use long before the general public gets their hands on it. I'd be hard-...
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How to stop space pirates from stealing goods using a teleporter, without breaking the bank?

You need to nerf teleportation Since there isn't much in the way of detail, I'll assume your teleportation works according to classic scifi tropes, namely: See a ship Scan the ship Identify the ...
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The deaf prisoner got her secret message and the pirates never knew. How was that possible?

Steganography Steganography is the art of concealing a hidden message inside of another, public message. For example, you might write a letter in such a way that, by taking the fifth word of each ...
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Where would pirates go to operate?

Anywhere With A Friendly Harbor: Inevitably, there will be a place that either encourages the pirates to attack enemies, permits pirates and has "neutrality" to take advantage of their ...
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Is it possible to effectively fight piracy in a solar-system wide human civilization?

Widespread surveillance networks The hijacked cargoes are anything but anonymous. To start off with, they come from specific astronomical sources whose isotopic compositions are known, and likely ...
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How to stop space pirates from stealing goods using a teleporter, without breaking the bank?

In accordance with our peaceful intentions, we have brought no weapons... Our shipments on the Ancient Heavenly Silk Road include many precious cargoes. Boosterspice, thionite, philtres of love and ...
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Space Piracy, a case study

With your conditions I don't think widespread piracy would be feasible. Too easy to escape and no way to ambush goods carrying ships, as they can immediately jump in any direction. That way only - ...
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How to stop space pirates from stealing goods using a teleporter, without breaking the bank?

If you can't stop it, make it less worth. If using the teleporting technology by yourself is too expensive, and you cannot use weapons to defend the goods, your solution is to change the route in a ...
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Space Piracy, a case study

Another thing that limits piracy in this setting that a 50 mile ship (assuming it's mostly cargo space) will take years to unload of all it's cargo at best, let's say for the sake of argument that the ...
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The deaf prisoner got her secret message and the pirates never knew. How was that possible?

Bird The message is provided by a raven, in the early morning when everyone is still asleep, the girl is wandering around on deck. The raven is smart.. it drops the message at her feet and disappears. ...
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The deaf prisoner got her secret message and the pirates never knew. How was that possible?

Exploit the pirates' superstitions Superstitions usually demand strange forms of observance. There were rules for many areas of human activity. Some applied generally, others only to people in ...
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Space Piracy, a case study

Does the situation after the Sunderer Crisis support the idea of space piracy? No it does not: 50 mile long ships is your biggest limiting factor While Jump Drives could be handwaved away with some ...
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How to stop space pirates from stealing goods using a teleporter, without breaking the bank?

Traps The porch pirate glitter bomb now with fart gas. Sure you can steal stuff but do you really know what you're stealing? Does it contain ship eating nanites? Poisoned supplies? Tracking chips? ...
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How to stop space pirates from stealing goods using a teleporter, without breaking the bank?

Transporters require a tractor lock. There are many difficulties with transporting between moving space vessels. The object takes a few moments to (de)materialise and by then both vessels will be ...
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