Yeah, I think this is how they’re set up to respond.
I have +10.00 standing with Thukker Mix Corp and my Thukker Tribe Faction is -0.49 base and +2.14 modified.
Lv 5 Diplomacy skill raises my negative Faction standing to neutral at 0.00 standing, then Lv 5 Connections skill takes it from 0.00 standing to +2.14 Faction standing. NPC’s go by your modified standings.
So due to having +10.00 Thukker Mix standing, their NPC Mining Fleets are blue to me. Now I don’t know if the NPC repair game mechanic is activated when attacked by NPC’s or if it only applies to player characters.
Unknown to me at the time, the system had an active FOB so there were other NPC mining fleets in the belts too. I warped to a belt and landed on grid with a dozen blue Thukker Mix mining ships, a dozen red Guristas mining ships and a few red Sansha mining ships.
While I was there checking out all the NPC’s and wondering why Thukker Mix, who’s negative towards both Sansh and Guristas, was just sitting there happily mining away next to them when all of a sudden the red Guristas NPC mining fleet targeted me, started shooting and warping away while their response attack fleet started warping in and targeting me.
I started getting range after being attacked and decided to warp out due to being in a Prospect Frigate. After warping back again under Covert Cloak, the Guristas mining fleet was gone and there was a nice sizable response attack fleet sitting there next to the blue Thukker Mix ships, still happily mining next to a few red Sansha mining ships.
The NPC Mining Fleets game mechanic is suppose to be based on standings so Thukker Tribe, who’s enemy with Sansha and Gurista, shouldn’t be sitting there mining with them in the same belt. Also with +10 standing to Thukker Mix, their fleet should have repaired me when my little Prospect mining frigate was attacked.
As I said before, maybe the repair game mechanic only pertains to player interaction. Also I barely know the game mechanics pertaining to FOB’s. Anyway, I didn’t attack any of the ships so it wasn’t any aggressive actions from me so I figured it was due to my negative standings towards the Pirate NPC’s.
So according to Suitonia saying players need +5.00 Faction standing to get reps, that might explain the lack of repair action from Thukker Mix mining fleet since I only have +2.14 standing with Thukker Tribe Faction.
Course the NPC Standings game mechanic probably only applies to player interaction, that would definitely explain why Thukker Tribe fleets were mining right alongside enemy factions. As for Reps, probably the same, only applies to player interaction, i.e. when attacked by another player while on grid with friendly mining fleet.