You can help out your faction just by handing bounties and exploration data in at a station it owns.
Thank you, yes, but exploration is only surpassed in sheer joy by putting the barrel of a gun in ones mouth and pulling the trigger.
And in the system the faction is in there is squat to do. No good mats to be found, no CNB to fight at. The res sites are full of competent and master fighters which does nothing for my XP points as a 32% deadly in combat fighter.
I don't know if FD designates the system and station for player factions or if someone in the group chose it, but it sucks, big time sucks.