I guess this is just gonna be a typical example of the fluff not matching the crunch, though I don’t begrudge CCP in any way because of it!
All I know is, it seems silly when my fresh Caldari alt I just started graduates from the STATE War Academy, implying sponsorship by the Caldari State… And then I immediately send him out to the boonies. No debt owed to the State, no expectation of service, nothing.
You would think they’d at least require some degree of service… Yes, again, I know this violates the video game meta when we zoom out, but just saying. Consider US military commissioning programs – the DoD pays for your college, and you owe the DoD X years as a commissioned officer in whichever branch. You can’t just arbitrarily change your mind and decide you don’t wanna serve after all, or that you’re gonna go open a PMC somewhere in the world (well, you can, but there will be consequences).
Regarding the “Capsuleers are a breed of their own” - are all NPCs specifically NOT Capsuleers, then? CONCORD’S fleet dogpile whenever something goes wrong suggests otherwise, at the least (as one doubts a typical crewed and helmed ship could handle a capsuleer-piloted ship that goes rogue, especially as adeptly as they do in-game). Like, I’m not doubting our understood “might” in the lore, and I understand that the empires are busy squabbling to send kill fleets after us (hence suspect/criminal tagging, etc.), but… Basically, “race traitor” bounty hunting when? Lol