In keeping with any far flung group of people living on the fringes of mainstream society, spacers have evolved a code of conduct to regulate their behavior. It is not nearly as absolute or unbreakable as a spacer will profess but it is a good start for what to do and not do when you rub elbows with the star travelers. Yes I swiped the Code of the West for some of this.
Take the measure of a crew mate for what they are today and how they do their job.
Never steal another’s ship. A hijacker or pirate pays with their life.
Defend yourself whenever necessary.
Look out for your own, first ship, then crew mates.
Never use recreational substances on duty.
Don’t make a threat without expecting dire consequences.
Never open fire unless you intend to destroy a vehicle or installation.
Never pass another ship without a friendly hail.
Never shut down your transponder.
Never perform an active scan on another ship unless you're ready for a fight or performing close maneuvers. A radar scan and a target lock look much the same.
Never open fire on another ship, vehicle or installation without warning. This does not apply if you are fired on first.
Any acts of sabotage are punished by spacing. A saboteur may kill many more than the desired target.
Reserve swearing for emergencies so people will know you're serious.
Complain about the cooking and you become the cook.
Do not practice ingratitude.
A spacer is pleasant even when out of sorts. Complaining is what quitters do
Always be courageous. Cowards aren’t tolerated on any ship worth its salt.
A spacer always helps someone in need, even a stranger or an enemy.
Never try on another person's helmet.
Any arguments you may have are settled on the ground, not on deck.
Never wake another by shaking or touching them, as they might wake suddenly and attack you or hit the wrong button.
Be there for a friend when they need you.
Drunkeness while underway is grounds for instant dismissal and blacklisting.
Respect the chain of command. If you must disobey an order expect consequences.
Consideration for others is central to pleasant travel. Smoke only in designated areas, pick up after yourself, play music on your earphones unless invited to share.
Honesty is absolute – your word is your bond, a handshake is more binding than a contract. Spacers do not usually have a court to avail themselves if wronged. Honesty is essential.
Live by the Golden Rule.