Yeah, I definitely think that a lot of the nations would have acted almost like their government's "agents", in some way. Either that, or they were involved in some sort of "criminal" activity against said government (ex. Alfred prior to and during the American Revolution). Agents, spies, assassins...they probably did it all - and were themselves targeted by enemies, both humans and fellow nations.
WHO WILL VIOLATE THE STOCK ACT FIRST. THAT, MY FRIEND, IS THE REAL QUESTION. MONEY HUNGRY PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS LOOK FOR WAYS TO MAKE MORE MONEY W/O REGARD TO ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE NEXT BIG BANK ROLL FOR THEMSELVES. TRUMP INCLUDED.