This strong navy has inhibited commerce, as the Kalamaran frigates attempt to board any vessels they encounter. Those vessels merely suspected of being in league with Pekal are either confiscated or sunk. A hefty bribe is usually the most positive assurance a Kalamaran admiral can have of a trader’s loyalty to the Empire.
The strong Imperial presence has led to a substantial decrease in buccaneer activity in the area. The Imperial Manabela, a large wellarmed war vessel in her own right, is typically encountered in groups of three or four, along with at least a half dozen fast escort cutters. These squadrons are an overwhelming match for all but a similarly outfitted force. They relish hunting down and summarily executing suspected pirates. The pirates have taken to smuggling as a primary occupation but Pekal has reportedly bribed their captains to conduct raids against the Tokite coastline.