Originally Posted by Ninjaman09
I'm usually too lazy and just keep paying them off. I figure the bounty costs are about equal to fleet losses I'd incur by invading them. Might be wrong though, I'll try nuking them next game I play.
Well, sixteen capships plus fifty or sixty escorting cruisers tends to make short work of the pirates. And its a good way to rack up experience points for your ships. 9th and 10th level battleships and dreadnoughts are scary good!