Yes… I hope this part of the game receives a bit of love.
I have noticed that pirates will attack other ships including myself with no consequences whatsoever (other than me blowing them out of the sky). Once I saved a freighter from a pirate with nothing from the pirate, or the freighter, or the couple of authority ships in the vicinity. So as a test, I shot one of the authority vessels (blew it to smitherines)…nothing from the other ships. Bit of a waste of ammo really.
What would be nice is a word of thanks, or a reward from the authorities. Anyway, the EA version of the game is probably a bit thin here on purpose. The devs have already stated that a lot of the features and content is not in the EA release, and that they need to work on the AI aspects. I have great hopes for the full release.