This is an industry character who did FW about 10 years ago (yay: Minmatar, boo: Amarr). Trying to hop back on the saddle. Unfortunately, corp seems to be dead and had left FW, so I’ve only the retired rank plus the standings, and have been slowly figuring things out for myself.
I basically ran into the exact same problem in this thread. I took a Retriever out to a belt, waved to the NPC Minmatar miners, happened to be reading patch notes and suddenly I hear the “being targeted/fired-upon” sounds and lo, my Retriever is scrammed and gets quickly dispatched. I don’t care too much for the ship, but it took me a while to figure out that it was Amarrians in Minmatar hi-sec space who did me in.
Did the Minmatar become a bunch of bootlicking pushovers that let Amarrians violate their sovereignty and take Amarrian police actions against retired Valkear Generals in Minmatar space? I refuse to believe so, that wasn’t the Minmatar I fought for.
I worked really really hard to get my Amarr faction standings to the very negative point they are today, and I don’t want to ruin all that hard work by making them more positive. Why don’t the NPC miners follow the rules of the Sovereign faction they are in, or suffer the wrath of the Minmatar hi-sec fleet? I’ve done my fair share of hi-sec roams in the past and know the Amarr and Minmatar hi-sec fleets are a thing (they are still, right?).
FWIW I filed a bug report over this, because it seems completely broken to me.
EDIT: I have nothing against the NPC miners, they seem like a cool addition. I just do not like the way their coding has their faction standing ignoring the faction standing of the sovereign faction of the system they are in.