Several years ago, a new faction seemingly appeared from nowhere. This faction, known only has the "Aliens"--an ambiguous name to match their ambiguous nature--has yet been non-agressive to all other factions. They are not opposed to violence, but they strike only in defense, apparently. Their craft are extremely well built, and heavily armed, causing retaliatory strikes to almost always be lethal. This craft, called by the High Command simply "Alien SpaceCraft", for lack of intelligence about this craft. Pilots who encounter them have given to calling them "Needles", due to their somewhat elongated appearance, and the prickly situations that arise from attacking one. The "Needle" is a new craft, having only been encountered in recent months.