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There are three primary, Council of Peace (COP), factions and three minor factions in Star Atlas. The safe and medium-risk zones are dominated by the MUD, ONI, and Ustur Council factions. The main ship manufacturers, having set up commerce in these zones, have established corporate alignments across the COP.
Gaining access to manufacturer blueprints requires accumulated manufacturer loyalty. This will function like a reputation system. The more loyalty one garners within a manufacturer, the more blueprints they will have access to.