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Career Officer
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 6,416
# 4
12-29-2012, 03:47 PM
People have brought this up many times in the past and many have suggested a Merchant Faction. That way you don't have to deal with being members where they shouldn't belong.

Pro-Federation side deals with the Ferengi Commerse Authority, and the KDF side are Privateers that deals with the Orion Syndicate.

Missions would be different from PvE, where players start with a basic ship and have to upgrade it over time to earn more money. Go to worlds and establish trade and start getting to know contacts and the items needed on that world. Then over time establish trade routes.

So by the time you hit Tier 5, you have multiple routes that you could take and manage your way into secret dealings were you could get connections in Starfleet or the High Council and haul secret goods that you have to act stealthily. Or deal with the worst of the underground and having to avoid Starfleet or the KDF miltary or face massive fines or jail time.

And a updated Risa could be an important hub for some dealings.

Even the Reputation system could be enhanced where instead of building reputation with 1 faction and maximizing it, you got a choice to go legit and deal with honest goods or deal with contraband.