Today, 3:29 PM · 7 replies and 103 views.
well - there are minor factions which are ingame, as a player group made the request and chose the name. they don't work differently from npc-minor factions, but those player groups invest quite a bit of time to expand them into other systems, bring them in favourable states, etc.
for example, one of the oldest exploration based player groups in ED, "The First Great Expedition" has the Institute of Galactic Exploration and Research (IGER) as a minor faction - already present in 15 systems and growing. the player group Canonn has a minor faction ingame called Canonn. i just found the Imperial Cartographic Cooperative some days ago ... unfortunately they don't have a thread on these forums to get into contact.
on the other hand, quite some exploration focussed players around Kancro Vantas, one of the long time members of this subforum and keeper of the sagittarius a* visitor list (and just a great fellow explorer!) picked up a NPC minor faction, Social Eleu Progressive Party (SEPP) as an "Explorer's...