Astro Empires has two different 'Non-Player Character' Empires to allow an alternative in the game to PvP [Player vs Player] combat. The United Colonies (UC) which are spawned from players whom have left the game and the Drekons, an extremely powerful empire to challenge your skills.
The United ColoniesEdit
The United Colonies are numerous in the game. When a player of level 16 or over quits the game he becomes a United Colony. UC's do not attack players so they just sit and wait to be farmed. All assets of the player become UC when they go including their fleets which continue to defend their bases.
UC's are a temporary free occupation as they have a stability rating in %. This rating drops 3% a day, when it hits 0% the UC disappears. Approximately once every fortnight the UC spawns ships to attack the occupier. This fleet needs to be destroyed before the player can pillage the base. If the occupier has limited ships holding the base, the UC fleet can attack and take the base back.
The Drekons are much like the UC's but they are not created by players quitting but are in fact created by the game admin.
There are a limited number of their bases per server and are a lot more powerful than the UC. Their technology is astronomical making their already large fleets (several million per base)even more powerful.
The pillage a player gets from Drekons is also much larger than you would normally get from a UC and the longer a base goes without being occupied the larger the pillage becomes. The final major difference between the UC and the Drekons is that the Drekon bases do not have stability so they do not disappear with time.
You do however have to deal with large scale fleets sent in to free the bases periodically.
The Future: New NPCs?Edit
There have been requests for new NPC's, especially NPC's that are aggressive but the admin have released no information suggesting that they are ready to add a new NPC to the game. It is still hoped that a new NPC will be added to add some further fun to the mix.