Ah, i get it! I understand the RP thing, but that’s really a FirstWorldProblem everyone actually has to deal with. It’s meaningless, as you say, but apparently it’s not meaningless enough not to ruin your immersion.
Everyone’s affected and deals with it. For them, it’s actually meaningless.
ganking pods with bounty, btw, is kind of a rush. finding a pod travelling in space, showing off his big bounty, is rare, but that makes the hunt even more exciting! i see bounty mechanics as underutilized and underpromoted, but the biggest problem might be the big lack of people being on each others throats.