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"Why join the Navy... if you can be a pirate?"

Hydrarchy literally meaning Rule of the Waters is a term used to refer to a system of government in which political power is concentrated in pirates or more generally in sailors. The ideology itself is used to ideologically represent actual pirates (as opposed to the internet kind), especially historically.

Pirate societies were historically Stateless Societies, who also believe in semi-equal wages (a captain only got twice as much as an average pirate).

Piracy might also support both right-wing or left-wing economically. For instance, many people see elements of Quasi-socialism in the Victual Brothers and the Likedeelers, who were common people that became pirates and promoted equality, but there were also pirate societies clearly favoring free markets, such as Chinese pirate Wang Zhi, who was a merchant that turned to piracy as a result of Chinese Government strongly regulating sea trade.


Ancient Pirates

Pirates have existed since antiquity in the area known as the Mediterranean. An early example of pirates were the Sea Peoples who attacked various Mediterranean civilizations prior to the bronze age collapse.

Medieval Pirates

Pirates were rather prominent in medieval Europe. With some of the most prominent hydrarchs being Vikings like the Victual Brothers.

The Golden Age of Piracy


Modern Pirates

In the modern day, hydrarchy is primarily practiced by people in Somalia which is a country that due to civil conflict does not have much economic opportunities. Thus leading a lot of people to raid nearby-ships.

Pirate Code

pirate code, pirate articles or articles of agreement were a code of conduct for governing pirates. A group of sailors, on turning pirate, would draw up their own code or articles, which provided rules for discipline, division of stolen goods, and compensation for injured pirates. This form of communal governance would typically divvy up the earnings from the loot, with every crew member taking an equal share, with the captain taking two share.


Hydrarchy acts as the stereotypical pirate you would see in films and cartoons. Based on the pirates in the golden age of piracy like Blackbeard.

Stylistic notes

  • Drunk on rum
  • Angry
  • Violent
  • Adventurous
  • Speaks with stereotypical Pirate dialect. Meaning forced Rs and the slang.
  • Likes to sing sea shanties while travelling somewhere. No matter where.

How to Draw

Flag of Hydrarchy

Hydrarchy's design is based the famous stereotypical "Jolly Roger" flag, used by pirates in the Golden Age of Piracy.

  1. Draw a ball.
  2. Fill in with black.
  3. Draw a skull and crossbones or crossed swords in white.
  4. Draw in the eyes.
  5. (Optional) Add a brown tricorn and/or eye patch.
Color Name HEX RGB
Black #191919 25, 25, 25
White #FFFFFF 255, 255, 255


Me Hearties

  • Anarcho-Frontierism - Frontiers be epic, can't wait fer space pirates.
  • Mercantilism - Sometimes he hires me mateys as privateers.
  • Illegalism - If this illegal, it's based.
  • Reactionary Socialism - Like Mercantilism, but pays me mateys and I much better. Somethin' about social welfare fer all ye workin' men.
  • Queer Anarchism - Arrr, be gay and do crime, eh?
  • Agorism - A matey in arms, trades me goods for the gunpowder we use to plunder!
  • Plutocracy - Wealth, Fame, Power. ARRRRG! I love havin' 'em valuable doubloons in me collection, ye couldn't believe how massive they're! Bein' rich is life for ME!


Walk the plank!

  • Jeffersonian Democracy - Barbary Wars, nev'r ferget!
  • Monarchism - Unless ye wanna hire me and me mateys as "privateers", walk the plank!
  • Caesarism - Avast! Ye crucified me mateys! I'll have ye walk the plank fer that!
  • Kleptocracy - Ye drenched the legacy of us pirates with yer cowardly ways, ye landlubber! To Davy Jones' locker wit' ye!
  • The Kraken - Why do I hear boss music?
  • The Navy - They are here! Raise the red flag! Hold up, why are the ships lining up like tha-*island explodes*
    • Do not allow a single man to run! Destroy all evil!

Further Information




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  1. The anarchist Peter Kropotkin in his book “Mutual Aid” argues that there are characteristics of mutual aid and communal property in ancient Nordic and medieval European societies.