In case you have trouble reading it, this is from the Read Me:
• Who can I fly for?
Missions are available from either The Faction or the Earth Confederacy. There are a variety of other governments, depending on who you choose to side with, that you will find yourself interacting with as the missions progress.
• How do I get missions for...**
(1) THE FACTION. The first mission for The Faction is available at ANY Faction controlled stellar, with a probability of about 10% each time you land. An "Excellent" combat rating is needed though legal status should be at least "Decent Individual".
(2) THE EARTH CONFEDERACY. The introductory mission for the Confederacy is anywhere in Earth controlled space with a probability of 10%. You will need a minimum of a "Decent Individual" legal record and an "Excellent" combat rating.
You will be directed as to where to find future missions.
To increase your legal standing and combat rating, target aggressive pirate ships or fleets whenever you encounter them. You can also target a government's 'enemy' vessels within its own systems, eg. attacking Faction vessels in Earth space and vice versa.