Create a trader and/or security faction for the cargo ships and military ships seperate to the pirate faction for the attack ships
Presently cargo ships, military ships and clearly pirate ships are all added to the pirate faction. This is not only annoying it makes no sense. Why have pirates if all the cargo ships are already pirates. Why have pirates come to the rescue when you are conducting piracy.. It would make more sense if the cargo ships were part of some trade/security faction so when they scream for help the "space police" come running instead. Attacking a pirate ship and it screaming for help, makes more sense if "space pirates" come to the rescue. This also allows for the amusing possibility that a cargo/military ship might cross paths with a pirate ship and they both scream for help resulting in a NPC space battle between pirates and cargo/military spawning. How epic would it be to come across one of those! Wait for the victor to be decided.. or take a side even; or just pick off the meat from the loser afterwards.