OP really does have a point. The word that tradionally goes before "and pillage" is not a swear word although it certainly is a word that describes an horrific and despicable act.
If you are going to censor that word then you should also be censoring all words that describe despicable acts, like 'murder','stab','shoot' and 'kill' for instance.
For those saying it is just a game, this sort of censorship infiltrates your entire life not just internet spaceships.
It seems to suggest that removing the language used to describe something will make it go away
Personally I don't think any of the words most people would consider offensive expletives should be censored either but I can fully understand why they would be. Perhaps we should ban 4 asterisks, since in essence the semantics are the same. We usually know what someone is suggesting, and if not can substitue a suitably offensive word of our own. Then we can censor random collections of punctuation marks after that and so on.
However, the word in question is never used as an expletive it is utterly sensless to censor it.
What a ****ing stupid ****ing world we live in eh?