Campaign of the Month: June 2012
While pirates have prowled the Crimson Seas since the advent of ocean-going travel, and lone pirate crews have long forced merchants and states alike to protect their ships and coastlines, the South-Seas Alliance, as an organized quasi-nation, are something altogether different. Lairing within the islands surrounding Astypalaea and the Free Seas, they represent a true threat to many nations but at the same time provide a conduit to glory and freedom for the disaffected, the exiled, and the wildly adventurous.
The Alliance has recently taken a foothold over the region by seizing and controlling Porto Mavros, an excellently situated trading port. They have been overtaxing all non-Alliance ships, and legitimate (as they are) government fleets such as those of Espagia and Portugai are currently plotting to form an armada to take over control of Astypalaea and Porto Mavros, establishing a strong foothold to points south.
Goal: Plunder and Freedom
The South-Seas Alliance operate with the mores and goals of a traditional pirate ship or flotilla of allied pirate ships under common command, but on the grand scale of a nation-state. Every pirate serves a captain of her choosing, and with that same loose democracy the South-Seas Alliance attack and plunder any merchant ship or other potential target they can, always seeking to maximize their booty, with the quantity considered more important than the risks. Their rules and leaders are their own, and they do not hold themselves accountable to the justice, laws, or authority of any imperial power.