Okay, now we’re entering a game of semantics.
Interaction is “reciprocal action”. It effectively means that both sides are taking an action based on each other. If you enter the system looking for a target… you took an action. As a target if I dock up… I took an action. That may not be the interaction YOU were looking for… but it is in fact interaction. I may come out in a superior ship after docking up. You may then run because of that. Still interaction even though in both cases the weaker party did nothing but run.
If you aren’t present… we can’t interact. Simply because you aren’t there to take an action in response to anything I might do. It’s just me playing against an imaginary opponent.
Let me put it to you this way… is there any difference in me warping off as a miner or ratter when you enter the system compared to doing the same when you enter the grid? In either case you’re the predator and I’m the prey… and I win if I get away. You win if I die. I don’t know how you wouldn’t see that as interaction.
I honestly don’t believe asking for the other toon to have a player operating it is all that huge an ask. It can be a cloaked camper where the operator is playing another account while keeping the camping one on his other screen for intel gathering… he just has to be there to click on the screen a couple of times an hour.