Reply to post: Re: I have rarely heard of anything quite as US-centric and cargo cultish

US Congress grants leftpondians the right to own asteroid booty

John Savard Silver badge

Re: I have rarely heard of anything quite as US-centric and cargo cultish

Letters patent are usually quite inoffensive, although indeed in the past they've been used to grant monopolies not related to inventions, such as the Hudson's Bay Company monopoly on the fur trade. However, I was wondering if perhaps you were really thinking of something else: perhaps letters of marque?

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