First, why is there so much space debris in some sectors? Second, why is it so BIG? Almost every piece I see is larger than my ship, and I'm in a galaxy class. Where and what did this junk supposedly come from?
Supposedly, it's there to provide something to orient to and judge your movement against.
In rare instances, it's useful for momentary cover, but the number of cases where the NPC gets stuck and bugged on the terrain and where the enemy gains the advantage of cover that you don't both have outnumbered those in my experience.
Yep, but the waste isnt going to be bigger than the ship it comes from, and most of the debris in game is.
Spontaneous generation of matter from the quantum vacuum flux slowly accretes onto the surfaces of the debris. Interaction of the quantum states of the newly generated matter with the EM particles we use to perceive it make it appear to be larger than it actually is.