Apparently, the world I`m on is completely barren of life. I`m new, so I don`t know if this is something that is COMPLETELY natural to the game, but I would think that roaming around the city, I would have at least seen some form of life. I`m trying to contact someone who can get me off planet, but I still don`t see what I can do, even after that. Seriously, can`t I do anything while I`m in the city besides roam around?
Yes, if you put in a join request for a new faction, the previous one gets deleted. This is due to the fact that with the old client, sometimes inactive groups would pull you out of your faction over a year after you expressed interest in theirs.
You can try to contact the Empire to get their attention, but that in itself doesn't gain any gurantees.
I'd suggest going to:
And checking over Positions Vacant and putting an ad in Seeking Work.