Greg Forster wrote:
Now here's another question: if they're not at war, can the Protestant target Spain with the free piracy action from Sea Beggars? Normally you can't target someone for piracy unless you're at war (or you're a corsair). The text of the card is ambiguous, I think.
The restriction that you must be at war with the targeted power in a Europe Map piracy attempt (if you're not the Ottoman using corsairs) is found in step 1 of the procedure. The card tells you to skip to step 5, so it seems clear enough.