The Independent faction represents miscellaneous minor groups and species from the Star Trek universe. Generally only one class of ship appears on-screen, or the faction is clearly described as pirates. Currently, the faction includes ships, captains, and upgrades belonging to the Andorians, Augment, Gorn, Hirogen, Maquis, Tholians, and Vidiian subfactions, as well as a few truly "independent" examples. In 2017 the Xindi, Kazon and Ferengi merged with the Independent faction.
These Factions became Sub-Factions of the Independent Faction with the release of the Second Edition Rules in 2017.