Sorry, substitute "borrows", "uses", "is based upon" or any other word or phrase that doesn't offend your sensibilities.
It's not so much about my sensibilities, but about what Oolite is and is not.
Oolite is (at its core) a re-creation of Elite
, which is a specific game. It is not
a re-creation of FE2, which is also a specific (and different
, many people would say unrelated
) game. Elite doesn't know about an Empire or a Federation (except for one obscure reference in The Dark Wheel
(To make it clear: I'm not offended, and hopefully you aren't either. My point is just that you shouldn't too quickly assume the connection between Elite and its "sequels" as a given.)
I'm not offended. Your answers are part of why I'm asking the question. My understanding was that Oolite was a re-creation of Elite, updated for modern machines, graphics and programming styles which allows customization through the use of a scripting interface. Therefore I had assumed that at it's core the canon for Oolite was the original Elite game and the Dark Wheel novella that came with it.
However on reading Status Quo (which is described as The Dark Wheel for Oolite) I discovered that the author lent heavily on technology and background from Frontier and FFE, such as the presence of the Empire and Federation political bodies and ships such as the Imperial Courier and Eagle Mk2 Fighter. This led me to ask the question of what should be considered canon for Oolite? If Status Quo is accepted as the base novella for the game then that would suggest the Empire and Federation, as well as other Frontier history, should be included as canonical.
Before making that assumption though I wanted to see what people who were playing the game felt.