Actually I think it is better understood as extortion. These aren't pirates. They're community thugs, shaking down the locals for pocket change. The question is, what do you do with such thugs?. . .they priorétise their selfish immediate desire before the greater good. . .they are trying to block an entire community. . .what they do is terrorisme and nothing else
Personally I don't see how you could have a more enjoyable victi. .I mean opponent. TEST has the numbers. All we need is a plan. If you don't dogfight, fly a missile-boat and provide artillery support, but by all means go kick their asses.