Correct me if I'm wrong, but if two empires have no treaty, their ships do not automatically fire upon on another, right?
However, if I'm not mistaken, I just tested out setting my pirate ships to basically sit there in an unclaimed system near an independent planet, yet another empire that was +0 in relationship comes in and starts firing first at my pirate ships?
Working as intended? Are all empires, be default, at war status with all pirates even if the pirates did not do anything to upset that empire?
Is the iffy protection treaty the only way to maintain a non-war status between empire and pirates? (I say iffy because I don't think we know the mechanics and it seems that once an empire is out, its very difficult because of all the automatic attacks each side does upon on another).
I'm trying to setup a smuggling pirate empire, one that doesn't fight unless it has to, but within the first week before I've done anything (no firing, no raiding, no smuggling), it seems that empires that don't have protection treaties with me blow me up in uninhabited systems?