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Interstellar Factors is a station service that allows players to pay off/clear outstanding fines and bounties (given that the player does not have any notoriety) from their current ship regardless of where the bounty/fine was gained. Additionally, Interstellar Factors allows the player to claim bounty vouchers and combat bonds in much the same way. Both of these suffer from a fixed increase (for fines and bounties) or decrease (for claiming bounty vouchers and combat bonds) of about 25% in price, making it less profitable to earn money from bounty hunting or mercenary work in a different system from where that work was done, and more expensive to pay off fines from a system you are not currently in, however it makes it more convenient to claim or pay off large amounts of fines, bounties, and combat bonds from different systems.
The SIN broker is a new contact at Starport Services in low security systems. The SIN broker will let you pay off fines, claim bounties and hand in combat bonds that relate to any systems and jurisdictions, not just the system you’re in. This will save your time, as you won’t have to go back to the original systems to pay off fines or claim bounties. However, it comes at a cost – there will be a fixed percentage increase on the fines, and a fixed decrease on the bounty and combat claims.
— Gamescon 2016 Day Three Summary
Note that clearing bounties and fines will not clear them from all player ships that have outstanding fines or bounties, only the ship the player is currently in. Bounties and fines prevent the player from accessing all station services excluding missions currently in progress, interstellar factors, security contacts, and the black market.
Finding Stations with Interstellar Factors Edit
Interstellar factors contacts will appear most often in low security systems, however stations with interstellar factors have been found in medium security and anarchy systems. To find systems with Interstellar Factors Contacts in game, open the galaxy map and set it to map mode. Then, select 'services' from the drop-down menu and tick 'Interstellar Factors'. Systems with stations that have an interstellar factors contact will now show up as a green dot.
External tools such as EDSM's station search feature can also be used to find stations with Interstellar factors by selecting Interstellar Factors Contact under facilities.