Independent is a term for individuals, organisations, corporations, minor factions, governments, and star systems that have no allegiance to any of the three superpowers: the Alliance, the Empire, and the Federation.
The independent systems still constitute the bulk of the human inhabited systems. They bring a rich tapestry of cultures and beliefs to the dark of space. From these worlds individuals and governments seek new opportunities deep in unexplored space.
— Elite: Dangerous Handbook
The majority of the Core Systems and other human-inhabited territories such as the Pleiades Nebula and Colonia Region consists of unaligned, independent systems. Independent systems have rich and diverse cultures, politics, and beliefs, and generally rely on locally-funded and trained security forces for protection. The main appeal for remaining independent is the freedom of self-governance and the new opportunities in uncharted, deep space. These systems are generally less populated and secure, but not necessarily anarchic.
As of May 3306, independent minor factions control 10,162 systems, of which the ten most populous are:
Key independent people
Many prominent people in the galaxy are independent.