bkdevil wrote:Cornflakes_91 wrote:They dont need to know everything to see that your ship is a weapon bristling fortress, though.
Absolutely true, but how much they can tell about me will determine how much police forces could be deceived. Your suggested generic formula requires that any ship looking at me has to have some idea of my offensive capabilities. It's easy to count the number of weapons I have strapped to my ship, but will it be easy for them to tell if that single laser cannon is some super upgraded death beam the likes of which they've never seen in that sector?
Naturally, the police wouldn't catch every instance of megadeathstar entering their system, just as normal border police won't catch every drug smuggler or arms dealer crossing their border. I think the police should have ship scanners that are able to look at certain subsystems and hard points of a ship depending on the ships' resistance to radiation/scanning and the scanning technology of the police ships.