AFC - Archangels Fighter Club, an unaffiliated race club.
A.G.S. - After Gallic Settlement.
AT - Armored Transport.
AI - Artificial Intelligence.
Arigato - "Thank you" in Japanese.
Auf Wiedersehen - "I'll see you again", literally "Goodbye" in German.
BAF - Bretonia Armed Forces.
Bats - Shield Batteries.
BC - Battle Cruiser.
BD - Blood Dragons.
BDM - Büro Der Marineintelligenz.
BH/BHG - Bounty Hunters Guild.
Blindfire - An aiming technique used by battleships.
Bots - Nanobots.
Bowex - Borderworld Exports.
BPA - Bretonia Police Authority.
BS - Battleship.
Bunboat - Bounty Hunter Gunboat.
Bundies - Bundschuh.
Bunter - Bounty Hunters Guild.
BWT - Border Worlds Transport.
Cannibals - Derigatory term to describe Corsairs.
Capwhore - Derigatory term used to describe a player mainly participating or preferring to use in combat a capital ship.
CD - Cruise Disruptors.
Char(s) - Character(s).
Civ/Civvy - Civilian.
CM - Countermeasures.
CNS - Corsair Navy Ship, i.e. Legate.
Codes - Codenames.
CPS - Coalition People's Ship.
CPW - Coalition People's Warship.
CR - Crayter Republic.
Cupholder - An unofficial term to refer to the Upholder.
Dessie/Dest - Destroyer.
DHC - Daumann Heavy Construction.
Disco - Discovery Mod.
DiscoLauncher - The primary application used to execute Discovery Freelancer and managing your FL accounts.
Drift(ing) - Another term used for sliding, an Engine Kill maneuver used in the fight by fighters.
DSE - Deep Space Engineering.
EK - Engine Kill. A method used to preserve the kinetic energy to mimic Newtonian law. That means that the ship will continue to fly on it's vector (i.e. direction) when engine was killed.
EFL - EFL Oil and Machinery.
F1 - Method of disconnected, reconnecting, or closing Freelancer. Also refers to a deliberate disconnection from the server to avoid being pirated, shot, or otherwise avoiding a roleplay interaction. Against the server rules.
FA - Farmers Alliance.
FAM/FLAM - Freelancer Account Manager, a program made by Korrd to save and import/export accounts. It is now discontinued in favor of Discovery Launcher.
Farming - Killing NPCs.
FL - Freelancer (the game).
Form - Short for "Enter formation" or "Form Up".
Formed - Short for "I have entered formation" or "Formed Up".
FP - Freeport.
Gaijin - Derigatory term used by Kusari nationalists to describe foreigners.
Ganking - Creating an unfair fight. Can be done via superior ship size or superior numbers.
GB - Gunboat.
GJ - Gallic Junkers.
GMG - Gas Miners Guild.
GMS - Gallic Metal Service.
GRN - Gallic Royal Navy.
GRP - Gallic Royal Police.
Großadmiral - (translating in English to Grand Admiral) is the highest rank in the Rheinland Military.
Gottkanzler - God-Chancellor, the way some Rheinland citizens refer to the Chancellor of Rheinland.
GS - Gunship.
Guten Abend - "Good night" in German.
Guten Tag - "Good day" in German.
HMS - His/Her Majesty's Ship, e.g. Bretonia Battleship.
Hunter - Bounty Hunters Guild.
IC - Interspace Commerce.
ID - Identification card. Identifies the player's mounted ID. This piece of equipment also serves as tractor beam.
IDF - Ile-de-France Shipping.
IFF - Identify Friend or Foe, i.e. one's tag and reputation.
Import - A ship model or faction from another science fiction universe, eg. Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica or Homeworld. Import models were common in 4.84, and are gradually being phased out to be replaced with unique Discovery models.
Indie(s)/Independent(s) - Players who carry out acts according to a role they play without belonging to the official faction which is representing that faction. Indies are Discovery Freelancer's most common players.
Ion Storm - Term used to describe in a roleplay way, a server crashing and rebooting. It is also used to describe lag.
Jellies - Nomads.
JG - Jump gate connecting two systems.
JH - Jump hole connecting two systems.
Jousting - Head to head firefight. Usually ships move in more-less straight line towards each other shooting with all guns. They turn after each pass and repeat.
Kanzler - The term referring to the Chancellor used by the Rheinlanders.
KDS - Kusari Democratic Ship, e.g. Kusari Battleship.
Keiretsu - In corporate culture, keiretsu refers to a uniquely Japanese form of corporate organization. The keiretsu system is based on an intimate partnership between government and businesses. It can best be understood as the intricate web of relationships that links banks, manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors with the Japanese government. For more information see Keiretsu.
KNF - Kusari Naval Forces.
Konnichiwa - "Hello" in Japenese.
KoS - Kill on sight.
KPT - Kempeitai.
Kriegsmarine - Rheinland Military.
KSP - Kusari State Police.
KusEx - Kusari Exiles.
LABC - Liberty Assault Battlecruiser.
Law Enforcement - Umbrella term describing a House's military and police.
LF - Light Fighter.
LH - Lane Hackers.
LN - Liberty Navy.
LNS - Liberty Navy Ship, e.g. Liberty Dreadnought.
Lolwutter - A player who does not bother with proper roleplay, goes out of character and uses chatspeak. Held in very low esteem by other players.
LR - Liberty Rogues.
LSF - Liberty Security Force.
LWB - Landwirtrechtbewegung.
Merc - Mercenary.
Metagaming - Gaining knowledge outside the scope of the game, such as through forum posts or Skype chat, and then acting on the knowledge which the person's character would not normally be privy to. Considered OOC behavior and strongly frowned upon, and against the rules (though hard to report).
MNS - Maltese Navy Ship, e.g. Outcast Battleship.
MR - Mini Razor.
MIA - Missing In Action. A person or ship that has gone missing while on active duty. Generally implies that they are dead/destroyed or captured.
NFZ - No-Fire Zone around Freeports which is put in effect by the Zoners.
NY - New York.
Nommie(s)/Noms - Nomads.
NPC - Non Player Character, i.e. a ship controlled by the game's AI.
OC - Outcasts.
OCV - Order Capital Vessel, e.g. Osiris.
OOC - Out Of Character. Expressing oneself in a manner not suitable for roleplay on the server. Should be avoided if not necessary. The commonly used notation for something which is OOC is "//" (//Please do not re-engage). OORP, Out Of RolePlay, is also a term used for this.
OSC or OS&C - Orbital Spa and Cruise.
OSI - Omicron Supply Industries.
PC - Player Character, i.e. your or another player's ship.
Perishable - Items listed as Perishable and Highly Perishable degrade over time. If you are carrying these items you will notice a slowly decreasing bar under the icon. This shows the spoilage of one unit of cargo. When the bar reaches zero one unit will be deducted from your cargo and the bar will fill again for the next unit of cargo. During a normal run (For example New London to Denver or Kurile to Cambridge) you can expect to lose about 10 units of cargo depending on trade lane disruptions and your docking quickness. The number lost is not based on your cargo size. Losing 10 cargo out of 80 might not be worth it, but losing 10 out of 5000 is negligible.
Pirate - A pilot who uses violent methods to extort money or cargo from other vessels.
Powergaming - The use of exploits, loopholes, borderline RP behavior, or roleplaying another player's character without consent to gain advantage over other players. Extremely frowned upon.
Powertrading - The practice of repeatedly performing a trade run for profit rather than roleplaying reasons, and not responding to any RP by other players (pirates, other traders, etc.). A person who does this is a 'powertrader'. Not against the rules, but bad form.
PRIME - Primary Artificial Intelligence.
PvP - Player versus player combat.
PVP Whore - Refers to players who care only for the pvp aspect of game and do not wish to involve in other forms of interaction.
Quickdock - Cruising or thrusting very close (less than 100m) to trade lane ring, docking ring or station hangars and pressing the docking button which almost instantly initiates docking. Saves time and is quite effective in case the ship is pursued by enemies.
Regens - Shield batteries and nanobots.
Rep - Reputation. Indicates the attitude towards the other factions. Scales from hostile to neutral to friendly.
Rep fixing - Changing oneself's reputation toward a NPC faction.
Rephack - This Discovery mechanic locks reputation of specific factions to be below certain level and is based on your mounted ID. The only positive rephack which cannot drop from max level is the one that maximizes the reputation of the faction which represents your mounted ID. Almost all IDs have rephacks. The game applies any necessary adjustment (rephack) to the ship's reputation, each time the ship undocks. [Rephack viewer]
RFP - Rheinland Federal Police.
RM - Rheinland Military.
RNC - Rheinland Navy Capital ships, e.g. Rheinland Battleship.
RNS - Royal Navy Ship, e.g. Gallic Battleship.
RP - Roleplay. Acting and conducting oneself in a manner that fits the player's current status and his factions modus operandi.
RS - Republican Shipping.
Run - Trade run from point A to point B and back.
Sairs - Corsairs.
Sanctionlancer - A term used to describe the act of reporting a player on a hair trigger instead of an attempt at reason, or just letting the incident slide and for the purpose of getting the player sanctioned.
Sayonara - "Goodbye" in Japanese.
Shieldrunning - It is the act of actively stopping the attack in the enemy vessel when your shields have dropped, and instead focusing on dodging until the shields are back online. Considered as a controversial tactic.
SHF - [heavy fighter].
Sliding - Another term used for drifting, an Engine Kill maneuver used in the fight by fighters.
Slider - A player who uses the sliding technique.
SNAC - Supernova Antimatter Cannon.
SNACCED/Snacced - Getting shot by/killed by a hit of the Supernova Antimatter Cannon.
SP - Freelancer's Single Player mode.
SRP - Special Roleplay Request. Needed to be filed to the forums to play with an unusual ship/ID/weapons combination. More info here
Squids/squishies - Nomads.
Screen/SS - Screenshot.
Tag or Player Faction Tag - Prefix or affix used to indicate player's NPC faction.
TAZ - Temporary Autonomous Zoners.
TBH - The Brotherhood.
TCD - Train Cruise Disruptor
Tech Nerf - An adjustment to power regenaration based on your ID choice and technology/ship you have. Native technology to your ID has no technerf. Technology from allies usually sets your regenaration rate to 90%. Technology from friendly or neutral factions sets it to 75%. Technology from unfriendly or hostiles sets it to 10%. [Technerf viewer]
TL - Trade Lane.
TLAGSNET - The system used by ships with a mounted Police ID that allows them to monitor the trade lane and jump gate network of their House when they are in-space and inside their House.
Toaster - Derigatory term for Artificial Intelligence.
Torp(s) - Torpedoes.
UC - Unione Corse.
UN - Unioners.
USI - Universal Shipping Incorporated or Universal Ship Identification. The latter is the system used by Interspace Commerce to track all ships and their cargo each time they use the trade lane or jump gate network, excluding Gallia.
VHF - Very heavy fighter.
Volksrevolution - Literally meaning "People's Revolution", and is the main political goal and platform of the Red Hessians and their supporters.
VWA - Vereinigte Widerstandsarmee.
XA - Xeno Alliance
Xeener - A nickname for Xenos.
ZoI - Zone Of Influence. A collection of systems where a faction's presence is frequent. This is usually the RP explanation for the server rules to restrict factions from conducting hostilities outside of this Zone.