Re: Pirate Cities & Calamities
Rule 30.5235 ... Barbarians do not increase their population and may not be selected as secondary victims of calamities.
Rule 30.013 Pirate cities do not require city support, and remain on the board until attacked and destroyed. ,,,
Although the rules under Piracy do not specifically state that the pirates cannot be targeted by calamities I think a thorough reading of the rules for calamities will leave you with the distinct feeling that victims are other players. For example in the Flood rules the secondary victim might be able to choose which units are removed. If the pirates were able to be targeted who would decide?
There is similar language in the rules for earthquake. It has become my belief from reading the rules for calamities that the term victim only refers to other "players".
Just found this in another post...
29.65 reads "Barbarian tokens and Pirate cities are never affected by calamities."