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7th Sea Pirate Nations Download

Earlier today, you should have gotten an email from Backerkit with a link to download the Heroes & Villains Preview (v1). This is the complete book (minus an index and some credits), packed to the brim with 40 Heroes and 40 Villains ready for you to use at your table.

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In April 2011, the authors assisted a task team comprised of forensic investigators and detectives to conduct a crime scene investigation on board a very large crude carrier (VLCC) at sea off Durban, South Africa. The VLCC had been held hostage by Somali pirates for 58 days prior to the investigation. This article examines the investigative challenges faced by the forensic investigators and detectives who conducted the investigation and processed forensic evidence on the VLCC which had effectively been declared a major crime scene. Qualitative data for the article was generated from questionnaires completed by the forensic investigators and the detectives who attended the crime scene and who apart from elaborating on the challenges they consider unique to processing a major maritime crime scene also include suggestions which they believe may assist in establishing best practices for dealing with and processing physical evidence at future major maritime crime scenes.

In 2005, attacks on ships carrying food aid to Somalia prompted the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to call on states, operating warships and aircraft in the vicinity, to assist in thwarting such attacks and culminated in UNSC resolutionsFootnote 1 permitting states to enter the sovereign territory of Somalia in pursuit of pirates.

UNSC 1918 (2010) endorses the duty of states to cooperate in repressing acts of piracy and calls on states to consider prosecution, pointing out that the failure to prosecute Somali pirates undermines the anti-piracy efforts of the international community.

UNSC 2020 (2011) expresses grave concern at the extended range of the piracy threat into the Western Indian Ocean and adjacent sea areas and recognises the need to investigate and prosecute not only suspects captured at sea, but also persons who incite or intentionally facilitate piracy operations and includes persons who plan, organise, facilitate or finance and profit from pirate attacks.

Proposal 20 of the special report reiterates that evidence must be identified and gathered if perpetrators of piracy are to be successfully prosecuted. The proposal calls for the establishment of special regional teams to investigate piracy by, amongst other, analysing the crime scene and taking fingerprints and DNA samples immediately after a hijacked vessel has been released by the pirates.

The purpose of the code of conduct referred to in UNSC resolution 1950 is to provide member states with guidelines to facilitate the investigation of the crimes of piracy and armed robbery against ships. On 23 May 2011, guidelines to be read in conjunction with resolution A.1025 (26) were issued by the IMO via MSC./Circ.1404. The guidelines reiterate that the capture, prosecution and sentencing of pirates and armed robbers is probably the most appropriate deterrent action available to governments and provides further guidelines designed to assist with statement taking from victims and the securing of the crime scene and recovery and packaging of exhibits.

On 10th April 2011, the Interpol General Secretariat (IPSG) requested the Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB) of the South African Police, pursuant of UNSC resolution 1950, to assist an Incident Response Team (IRT) from Lyon, France, to conduct an investigation on board a Greek flagged very large crude carrier (VLCC), the Irene SL, released from captivity after being held hostage by Somali pirates for 58 days. A task team was assembled and boarded the VLCC approximately 5 nautical miles off the port of Durban, South Africa, as the first port of call after release from captivity. The team comprised of forensic investigators, detectives and a biological body fluids detection dog. The purpose of the investigation was to search for and collect evidence and exhibits and conduct interviews with the crew with a view to identifying the crimes committed and the identity of the perpetrators with a view to prosecution. The fully laden VLCC was too large to enter the port of Durban and there are no protected (safe) anchorages available along the Kwa-Zulu Natal coast. The vessel was boarded using police resources which consisted of three 7.8-m rigid hull inflatable boats and a 20-m police boat.Footnote 12 The weather conditions were adverse and the first attempted boarding at night had to be partially aborted because of severe damage to one of the rigid hull inflatable boats and loss of the equipment being transported therein. The investigation was completed in 24 h, and several bags of physical evidence were collected and removed from the vessel. This included DNA from bodily fluids, fingerprints, documents and ammunition.

Military personnel on warships need to be sensitised regarding crime scene management principles and securing and safeguarding of physical evidence such as DNA, fingerprints and equipment used by pirates.

Training with regard to the handling of a crime scene and evidence should also be given to other armed forces and navies, as these forces are often the first responders on such vessels after they have been released by pirates.

7th Sea is a tabletop role-playing game and related CCG created by AEG after Legend of the Five Rings became a success. The game's central setting is Théah, an alternate version of Europe during the 17th century, bordered by the Crescent Empire, an analogue of the Ottoman Empire, and Khitai, an analogue of Asia. Théah is composed of several theme park versions of various major European countries and cultures. The countries vie with each other for political and economic dominance, while pirates sail the seas in search of adventure and treasure. The world is based very much upon the varied tropes common to swashbuckling and pirate stories.

The RPG's first edition features a system similar to Legend of the Five Rings in mechanics, but distinct in that the PCs are almost explicitly given a mild form of Contractual Immortality. PCs can only be killed off if the GM is specifically setting up such a possibility through the plot's villain, or if the characters fall victim to the chunky salsa rule. Players are encouraged to come up with utterly outrageous plans of action and are given rewards both for implementing these ideas and for impressive role playing using the Rule of Cool as a guide. The RPG setting enjoys being quite over the top when encouraging ideas for characters and stories. The RPG's various splats are the country of origin a character hails from. In addition, a character can join one of a number of secret societies whose origins, goals, and knowledge are made available in additional RPG supplement books. Like Legend of the Five Rings, 7th Sea was adapted for Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition under the name Swashbuckling Adventures. The CCG had the players choosing a faction which represented a pirate crew or a country's naval power, pitting two ships against one another in combat. Players would attempt to hire crew, chase down their opponent's ship, and then attack with ether cannon or boarding based attacks. Like Legend of the Five Rings, the metaplot was supposed to be steered by players' choices in the CCG tournaments and in RPG supplements distributed through the quarterly newsletter sent to game masters who had paid a registration fee to AEG. The first edition's main story arc only spans about a year and a half of time, unlike its cousin, Legend of the Five Rings, which has gone through several lifetimes' worth of game plot. The major storyline elements were quite varied, with every country and major faction of the world having a part in the story. The CCG and then the RPG were discontinued with little fanfare, though the CCG had a final expansion set published online free for download and printing while the RPG managed to get a final supplement which included a timeline for the major plot arcs which were never resolved in the metaplot.

The term "piracy" has been used to refer to the unauthorized copying, distribution and selling of works in copyright.[7] The first use of the word 'pirate' itself to describe unauthorized publishing of books dates back to at least 1736, as attested to in Nathan Bailey's 1736 dictionary An Universal Etymological English Dictionary:

In a study published in the Journal of Behavioural and Experimental Economics, and reported on in early May 2014, researchers from the University of Portsmouth in the UK discussed findings from examining the illegal downloading behavior of 6,000 Finnish people, aged seven to 84. The list of reasons for downloading given by the study respondents included money saving; the ability to access material not on general release, or before it was released; and assisting artists to avoid involvement with record companies and movie studios.[23]

Most countries extend copyright protections to authors of works. In countries with copyright legislation, enforcement of copyright is generally the responsibility of the copyright holder.[28] However, in several jurisdictions there are also criminal penalties for copyright infringement.[29] According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 2021 IP Index, the nations with the lowest scores for copyright protection were Vietnam, Pakistan, Egypt, Nigeria, Brunei, Algeria, Venezuela and Argentina.[30][31]

To an extent, copyright law in some countries permits downloading copyright-protected content for personal, noncommercial use. Examples include Canada[42] and European Union (EU) member states like Poland.[43]

These types of intermediaries do not host or transmit infringing content, themselves, but may be regarded in some courts as encouraging, enabling or facilitating infringement by users. These intermediaries may include the author, publishers and marketers of peer-to-peer networking software, and the websites that allow users to download such software. In the case of the BitTorrent protocol, intermediaries may include the torrent tracker and any websites or search engines which facilitate access to torrent files. Torrent files do not contain copyrighted content, but they may make reference to files that do, and they may point to trackers which coordinate the sharing of those files. Some torrent indexing and search sites, such as The Pirate Bay, now encourage the use of magnet links, instead of direct links to torrent files, creating another layer of indirection; using such links, torrent files are obtained from other peers, rather than from a particular website.


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