Are the systems labelled communist really all communist?
There would seem to be at least three possible approaches:
1) Simplistic: The anarchies really are all anarchies and the label just reflects political reality. Ditto for the communists etc. The effects on matters such as piracy thus flow naturally on from this.
2) Defined by GalCop: The anarchies are labelled as such by GalCop because -for whatever reason - they are incapable of sustaining a "proper" political relationship with GalCop, thus allowing for augmentation of police patrols etc.
3) Defined by eg. the Register of Worlds: and thus providing all the planetary information for the F7 screen.
I tend towards (2) - being influenced by Cim's essay in his Ship's Manual:
and especially by this (one of his three examples of a communist system):Planetary Governments
The Cooperative maintains a short summary of the government type of each system, and this is viewable on your F7 system data screen. For simplicity, governments are divided into eight broad classifications, each described in the following chapters. The government type is reflected in the number and size of police patrols in the system, with Corporate States generally having the most patrols (and the fewest pirates) and Feudal and Anarchy systems having the fewest patrols (and the most pirates). The classifications are extremely broad, and many systems could arguably fall into two (or sometimes more!) classifications. There have been allegations, so far unproven, that some planetary governments have been bribing the Cooperative officials to grant a more pleasant classification, and funding additional patrol craft – and conversely that some systems which have been unable to keep up with the required payments under Cooperative treaties have been downgraded. This has all been strenuously denied: nevertheless, the government description is far more useful as an indicator of the environment in space than it is of the planet below. The following sections give typical and atypical examples of the government types.
.Xesoon in Chart 3 counts as Communist mostly because it had to be filed somewhere. The citizenry communicates entirely through poetry, and the Constitution is a fifty-thousand word epic. Government business is carried out through an annual song-poem, to which any citizen may append a verse to set out and approve of their business for the year. While private enterprise is technically allowed, the locals prefer to add their work to the song-poem, and outsiders who can compose poetry to the standards required to do business are extremely rare.