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Pirates are common entities near the rims of the Republic. Pirates typically target cargo ships and free traders, rarely attacking the actual surface of worlds without support or direct payment. Pirates often get contracted by larger organizations to do various tasks including privateer and interdiction work. Pirates can be as small as a single ship to as large as having a base of operations, typically on asteroids, with dozens of ships.

Pirates fly a reversed Flag of the Republic, meaning the light blue is on top and the white is on the bottom of the bicolor.

Famous pirates include Sir Meket, the only pirate to successfully isolate and take down a Republic cruiser, and Horace Falding, founder of the old Free Company group that attained considerable wealth before being taken down by a Navy sting.