I debated whether this was a suggestion, a bug-fix or a potential expansion pack, but in the end I thought it was more of a suggestion than anything else. Anyway...
So I decided to try starting in an Adder. After I launch from Lave's main station, for the first time mind, I see my alert status go red. I know Lave isn't the safest of systems, but this was immediately after launch, I'd barely even cleared the launch corridor. My experience told me this could probably only be one thing: a Hognose who accuses me of eating his brother or something like that, and he decides to start painting my ship with his laser. However, I could see GalCop vipers nearby, and therefore thought that they'd deal with the issue. Which they did - by shooting at me! My start in an Adder ended very quickly.
This experience immediately made me question why the police decided I was the guilty party when we both were 'clean'. And I suspect the answer is that police don't "like" the "player-unknown" role (the starting roles given to the player), according to "role-categories.plist". They don't dislike it, but they don't like it either. And because a Hognose is created as a trader (which police do like), I'm always going to come out worse off (at least until I've managed to change all my "roleWeights" to something the police like.
Now, part of this experience is because of the OXP's I have installed (if I didn't have the Hognose installed, I wouldn't get this particular issue), but I've also seen it play out without Hognose involvement, where I suddenly have police gunning for me even when I've done nothing wrong.
So, I'm wondering about the impact of creating a new role, say "player-new", fill the player's roleWeights with this only when starting a new game (and only then), and add it to "oolite-police-like" group (and the "oolite-pirate-victims" group, of course). No other changes to core code, so any switch to "player-unknown" would stay the same, and be then legitimately viewed with suspicion. My initial test of this solution is promising, but there are undoubtedly pitfalls I haven't considered. Thoughts, anyone?