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A.S. - Abbreviation for After Settlement (of Sirius).

A.G.S. - Abbreviation for After Gallic Settlement.

AI - Abbreviation for Artificial Intelligence.

Arigato - "Thank you" in Japanese.

Auf Wiedersehen - "I'll see you again", literally "Goodbye" in German.


BAF - Abbreviation for Bretonia Armed Forces.

Bats - Short name for Shield Batteries.

bb - Abbreviation for Nanobots and Shield Batteries.

BC - Abbreviation for Battle Cruiser.

BD - Abbreviation for Blood Dragons.

BH/BHG - Abbreviation for Bounty Hunters Guild.

BIS - Abbreviation for Bretonia Intelligence Service.

Big Three - Liberty's big three Corperations. Ageira Technologies, Interspace Commerce & Universal Shipping

Blindfire - An aiming technique used by Battleships.

BMM - Abbreviation for Bretonia Mining and Manufacturing.

Boat - Short name for a Gunboat

Bots - Nanobots

Bowex - Abbreviation for Borderworld Exports.

BPA - Abbreviation for Bretonia Police Authority.

Brigand - Short name for a meber of the Gallic Brigands

BS - Abbreviation for Battleship.

Bundies - Nickname for a member of the Bundschuh.

Bunter - A Member of the Bounty Hunters Guild.


Cannibals - Derogatory name to describe the Corsairs.

Cap/Capship - Short name for Capital ships like Cruiser, Battleship) and others

Capwhore - Derogatory name used to describe a player mainly participating or preferring to use in combat a capital ship.

Cardamine Sniffers - Derogatory name to describe the Outcasts

Casts - Short name for the Outcasts.

CD - Abbreviation for Cruise Disruptors.

Char(s) - Short name for Character(s)

Civ/Civvy - Short name for a Civilian.

CM - Abbreviation for Countermeasures.

CMS - Abbreviation for Crayterian Military Ship

CNS - Abbreviation for Corsair Navy Ship

Codes - Codename Weaponry

Commies - a Derigatory term used to denote communists. Usually referring to the Sirius Coalition or, less frequently, to Red Hessians.

CPW - Abbreviation for Coalition People's Warship.

CR - Abbreviation for Crayter Republic.

Cupholder - An unofficial term to refer to the Upholder.


Dessie - Nickname for Destroyer.

DHC - Abbreviation for Daumann Heavy Construction.

Disco - Discovery Mod.

Disco forums - The official community forum to the Discovery Mod, found at

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.

DSAM - Abbreviation for Discovery Account Manager.

DSE - Abbreviation for Deep Space Engineering.


EK - Abbreviation for 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 - Abbreviation for EFL Oil and Machinery.

Exiles - Kusari Exiles


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 - Abbreviation for 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 - Abbreviation for Freelancer (the game).

Form - Short for "Enter formation" or "Form Up".

Formed - Short for "I have entered formation" or "Formed Up".

Frogs - Derogatory name to describe Gallic people.

FP - Freeport


Gaijin - Derogatory name used by Kusari nationalists to describe foreigners.

Ganking - Creating an unfair fight. Can be done via superior ship size or superior numbers.

Gas Sniffer Derogatory name to describe a member of the Gas Miners Guild.

GB - Abbreviation for Gallic Brigands or Gunboat

GC - Abbreviation for Golden Chrysanthemums.

GJ - Abbreviation for Gallic Junkers; removed old faction.

GMG - Abbreviation for Gas Miners Guild

GMS - Abbreviation for Gallic Metal Service.

GRI - Abbreviation for Gallic Royal Intelligence.

GRN - Abbreviation for Gallic Royal Navy.

GRP - Abbreviation for Gallic Royal Police.

Guten Abend - "Good night" in German.

Guten Tag - "Good day" in German.


Hai! - "Yes" in Japanese

HF - Heavy fighter or Hellfire Legion (determine which from context).

HMS - His/Her Majesty's Ship

House Authorities - Umbrella term describing a House's Military, Police and Intelligence Service.

Hunter - Short name of a Bounty Hunters Guild Member.


IC - Abbreviation for Interspace Commerce

ID - Identification card. Identifies the player's mounted ID. This piece of equipment also serves as tractor beam.

IDF - Abbreviation for Ile-de-France Shipping.

IFF - Identify Friend or Foe, i.e. one's tag and reputation.

IKN - Imperial Kusari Navy.

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.

Infectee - An umbrella term describing humans possessed by a Nomad Incubus.

Ion Storm - Term used to describe in a roleplay way, a server crashing and rebooting. It is also used to describe lag.


Ja - "Yes" in German.

Jellies - Derogatory name to describe Nomads.

JG - Jump Gate. Jump Gates are man made portals, as opposed to naturally occurring Jump Holes, making travel from one system to another possible in Sirius. Ageira Technologies is the sole manufacturer of a Jump Gate technology in Sirius and builds them as a sub-contractor for the 4 Sirian Houses. Ageiras counterpart in Gallia is EFL Oil & Machinery

JH - Jump Hole. Jump Holes are a natural phenomenom in space (a wormhole) making possible to make a jump from one system to another in Sirius.

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.

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. In the Freelancer Universe, Kishiro Technologies & Samura Industries are the two keiretsu in Kusari.

KNF - Abbreviation for Kusari Naval Forces.

Konnichiwa - "Hello" in Japenese.

KoS - Kill on sight.

KPT - Abbreviation for Kempeitai.

KSP - Abbreviation for Kusari State Police.


LABC - Abbreviation for a Liberty Assault Battlecruiser

Law Enforcement - Umbrella term describing a House's Military, Police and Intelligence Service.

LF - Abbreviation for a Light Fighter.

LH - Abbreviation for Lane Hackers.

LN - Abbreviation for Liberty Navy.

LNS - Liberty Navy Ship

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.

LPI - Liberty Police Incorporated, a private company which exercises police authority in Liberty and is also responsible for the prisons.

LR - Abbreviation for Liberty Rogues.

LSF - Abbreviation for Liberty Security Force.

LWB - Abbreviation for Landwirtrechtbewegung.


Merc - Short name for Mercenary.

Metagaming - Gaining knowledge outside the scope of the game, such as through forum posts or other social media platforms 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).

MND - Abbreviation for Marinenachrichtendienst.

MNS - Abbreviation for Maltese Navy Ship

MR - Abbreviation for the energy based Fighter Torpedo 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.


Nanos - Short name for Nanobots, items used to repair hull damage.

NB - Abbreviation for New Berlin or Planet New Berlin.

NC - Abbreviation for National Council.

Nein - "No" in German.

NFZ - Abbreviation for No-Fire Zone around Freeports which is put in effect by the Zoners.

NL - Abbreviation for New London or Planet New London.

Nommie(s)/Noms - Nickname for the Nomads.

NT - Abbreviation for New Tokyo or Planet New Tokyo.

NPC - Non Player Character, i.e. a ship controlled by the game's AI.

NY - New York


OC - Abbreviation for the Outcasts.

OCV - Abbreviation for Order Capital Vessel

Onioners - Derogatory name to describe the Unioners.

OOC - Abbreviation for 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.

OORP - Abbreviation for Out of Role Play. See RP.

OSC or OS&C - Abbreviation for Orbital Spa and Cruise.


PC - Abbreviation for 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.

PvP - Abbreviation for 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.


Razorino - Nicknmame for the energy based Fighter Torpedo Mini Razor.

Regens - Shield batteries and nanobots.

Rep - Short name for 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 - Abbreviation for Rheinland Federal Police.

RH - Abbreviation for Red Hessians.

RHC - Red Hessian Warships

RM - Abbreviation for Rheinland Military.

RNC - Callsign of Rheinland Authority Warships

RNS - Abbreviation for Royal Navy Ship. Callsign of Gallic Authority Warships.

RP - Abbreviation for Roleplay. Acting and conducting oneself in a manner that fits the player's current status and his factions modus operandi.

RS - Abbreviation for Republican Shipping.

Run - Trade run from point A to point B and back.


Sairs - Short name of theCorsairs.

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.

Sirian - Person who lives in Sirius but outside of Gallia.

SHF - Abbreviation for a Super 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 - Abbreviation for the energy based Bomber Torpedo Supernova Antimatter Cannon

SNACCED/Snacced - Getting shot by/killed by a hit of the Supernova Antimatter Cannon.

Snub - Nickname for a Fighter or a Bomber

SP - Abbreviation for the Single Player mode of Freelancer.

SRP - Abbreviation for Special Roleplay Request. Needed to be filed to the forums to play with an unusual ship/ID/weapons combination. More info here

Squids/squishies - Derogatory term to describe the Nomads.

Screen/SS - Screenshot.


Tag or Player Faction Tag - Prefix or affix used to indicate player's NPC faction.

Tech Chart or Guidelines for Technology Usage - A component of the rules that determines what guns and ships any player may use as determined by their ID. See here.

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]

The Angels - A player created faction helping other players.

TL - Abbreviation for Trade Lane. Trade lanes are used for superluminal travel within a system.

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 - Derogatory term to describe an Artificial Intelligence.

Torp(s) - Short name for Torpedoes.

Treehuggers - Derogatory term to describe the Gaians.

TS - Abbreviation for Turret Steering, the ability of capital ships, Transports and Freighters to operate effectively while in Turret View.


UC - Abbreviation for Unione Corse.

UN - Abbreviation for Unioners.

USI - Abbreviation for 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 - Abbreviation for a Very Heavy Fighter.

Volksrevolution - Literally meaning "People's Revolution", and is the main political goal and platform of the Red Hessians and their supporters.



Xeener - A nickname for Xenos.



ZoI - Abbreviation for 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.