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飛行員聯盟(Pilot Federation)是監督著所有飛行員的龐大組織,不論你是海盜又或者是海軍的一員,都受到該組織的管轄。該組織以Galnet作為主要的經濟來源,頒發飛行員執照,並提供初始飛行員Sidewinder MKI飛船。飛船員聯盟主張政治中立,不參與任何政事。即便其如此龐大,但其只控制了三個星系,分別是LHS 3447、Asellus Primus,以及其總部Shinrarta Dezhra。而在此處其代理的地方派系為Pilots Federation Local Branch。

飞行员联盟为精英危险中所有飞行员进行从无害(Harmless)到精英(Elite)的评级。飞行员等级可通过贸易,探索,战斗以及PvP战斗进行提升。

階級

戰鬥、貿易、探索與CQC的階級具体见下表。

戰鬥(Combat) 貿易(Trade) 探索(Explorer) PvP戰鬥(CQC)
Harmless(无害) Penniless(一盆如洗) Aimless(漫無目的) Helpless(无助)
Mostly Harmless(基本无害) Mostly Penniless(稍有利潤) Mostly Aimless(稍有方向) Mostly Helpless(基本无助)
Novice(戰鬥新手) Peddler(小贩) Scout(侦察兵) Amateur(业余)
Competent(駕輕就熟) Dealer(零售商) Surveyor(繪測员) Semi Professional(半专业)
Expert(专家) Merchant(商人) Trailblazer(先行者) Professional(专业)
Master(大师) Broker(经销商) Pathfinder(寻路者) Champion(冠军)
Dangerous(危险) Entrepreneur(企业家) Ranger(遊騎兵) Hero(英雄)
Deadly(致命) Tycoon(大亨) Pioneer(開拓者) Legend(传奇)
Elite(戰鬥精英) Elite(貿易精英) Elite(探索精英) Elite(精英)

对于联邦与帝国海军排名,请具体参照联邦/排名和帝国/排名页面。

精英階級

在戰鬥、貿易、探索與CQC中的任一項取得精英(Elite)階級的話,就可取得進入Shinrarta Dezhra星系的許可。該星系的Jameson Memorial空間站販賣了所有飛船以及部件,並且可享有10%的折扣。

此外,有精英階級的飛行員可在所有空間站享有2.5%的折扣。

Lore

Formed in 2805 after the great surge in private ownership of smaller starships, the Pilots Federation soon found a role as a conduit for trade route information exchange between trusted pilots and provided the infrastructure for a mutual protection scheme against the rising scourge of interstellar pirates. Planet-siders began to distrust the generally itinerant nature of starship captains, who always seemed willing and able to jump to a new system before the law caught up with them. The Pilots Federation’s zero tolerance policy of dishonourable behaviour amongst its members is enforced by a system of bounties automatically placed on the heads of transgressors. This built a galaxy-wide respect for the badge, which then started to be worn with pride by members. However, the organization’s official adoption of the 9-level ‘kill tally’ ranking system (Harmless through to the coveted Elite status) ensured the Pilots Federation retained a level of blood-thirsty notoriety.

Over the centuries the Pilots Federation has remained secretive in nature and neutral in conflicts, and has grown into one of the dominant financial superpowers of the galaxy through its GalNet data network. Originally a star chart, ship data and bounty management system, GalNet has evolved into an effective galactic infrastructure and content monopoly on news, market pricing and communication systems. This has not been without controversy, with periodic claims of data hoarding and abuse of its position.

It’s not surprising that an organization founded on status, and with such influence and power, has several cliques (The Dark Wheel being the most infamous). Or that those of Elite rank have further exploited their status and the incredible demand for their services, by forming an organization within an organization; the Elite Pilots Federation.

Relentless, increasingly well organized piracy and the need to maintain their reputation and influence as the best of the best caused the Elite Pilots Federation to start opening its membership to candidates from the Deadly rank who were able to pass a rigorous test and then, as demand continued to soar, to those from the Dangerous rank.

The Pilots Federation has eschewed being tied to any particular system in favour of roaming the stars. With one exception – the Founders World.

The elusive Founders World system is governed by the Elite Pilots Federation, and run exclusively for the benefit of their members. Its location is closely guarded, heavily protected, and the subject of extensive misinformation on GalNet.

Maybe one day you'll be one of the Elite who get to go there…

The Origin of the Pilots Federation

Continuing our popular series on significant episodes from human history, noted historian Sima Kalhana discusses the foundation of the Pilots Federation.[5]

"The Pilots Federation was established in 2805 in response to a surge in private-starship ownership. It was created principally to allow pilots to share reliable trade-route information, and to provide them with a system of mutual protection against the rising scourge of interstellar piracy."[5]

"At the time, independent pilots were generally mistrusted, the itinerant nature of their profession giving rise to perceptions of irresponsibility. The Pilots Federation's strict code of conduct put an end to this, and over time a galaxy-wide respect for its members emerged."[5]

"As piracy became more prevalent, the Pilots Federation started issuing bounties on known pirate vessels. Some of those outside the organisation condemned the initiative as bloodthirsty, but few were able to argue with the impact it had on piracy. Shortly thereafter, the Pilots Federation introduced an official ranking system to reflect the number of combat victories achieved by each of its members. Pilots who accumulated the largest number of kills were awarded the title of Elite – a citation that became highly coveted among independent pilots."[5]

"The Pilots Federation derives the bulk of its wealth from the GalNet data network. Originally a system of ship, bounty and star-chart data, it evolved into an interstellar aggregator of market information and galactic news. By 3300, the Pilots Federation was not only the dominant provider of this information, it was also the main manufacturer of the hardware and software serving this data. Today, Pilots Federation systems are fitted as standard on virtually all independent starships."[5]

"In 3290 the Pilots Federation expanded its ranking system to encompass the fields of trade and exploration. In 3301 it expanded it again to include pilots who had distinguished themselves in the Close Quarters Combat championships."[5] "The Pilots Federation has always remained politically neutral, avowing that it exists to support pilots rather than nationalities or political factions. The organisation is based in the Shinrarta Dezhra system, which can be accessed only by invitation. Receiving an invitation is typically dependent on achieving a high rank in the Pilots Federation. This stipulation has contributed to perceptions of the organisation as secretive – a perception compounded by the fact that the Pilots Federation has very little direct interaction with the public."

Pilots Federation Secrecy

The Pilots Federation in many ways is a secretive organisation. This in part reinforces its status of neutrality. It exists to support pilots, not nationalities or political factions. Over the years this has led to its acceptance (albeit grudging in some cases) in practically all human domain.[6]

Despite its ubiquitous presence it has very little direct dealings with the public. Even member pilots tend to interact via the networked rankings and bounties system. The prime exception to this is registration. A pilot has to register in person for their PF license. Registration is performed at offices throughout human habited space.[6]

The PF represents the nearest thing to law in uncontrolled and ungoverned space. Their existence provides a safely net for human expansion in space beyond the major factions.[6]

The Elite Federation of Pilots (EFP) continues as a select and extremely secretive group within the larger organization.[6]

Much of what the Pilots Federation does revolves around secrecy; and this has many layers. Within the Pilots Federation, the Elite Federation of Pilots is even more mysterious and secretive, and at the centre of that is the elusive 'Founders World'.[7]

It is the only system directly controlled by the EFP, and even its location is closely guarded. The secrecy is maintained by the EFP using 'misinformation' - there are a great many rumours of its rough location - and they all contradict each other. Only a select few - the members of the EFP - know the truth.[7]

The system is governed by the EFP and it is here that the organisation's headquarters is based.[7] EFP members are allowed to retire here in relative anonymity.