We Raise NPC Standings

The Standings Correction Agency [TSCA] and
the Lotek Corporation Standings Improvement Service [LCSIS] have merged
to become the United Standings Improvement Agency [USIA]!

The United Standings Improvement Agency [USIA] offers corporation standing increases via fleet mechanics for our clients. All corporations with HS agents are eligible, and LS/FW/NS corporation standings are negotiated on an individual basis.

Imiarr Timshae and Archer en Tilavine, Co-Founders of USIA and former Heads of predecessor organizations TSCA and LCSIS respectively, merged their businesses in 2019. Unfortunately due to real-world circumstances, Archer is on an extended hiatus. For all business please contact Imiarr Timshae.

Benefits of High Standings

Why should you have your standings improved? Reasons include, but are not limited to:

  • Lowering Broker Fees and Relist Fees at NPC Stations (ie. Tradehubs like Jita)
  • Accessing Epic Arcs, L4/L5 Missions, and R&D Agents (for Datacore Farming)
  • Stopping NPC Miners from Attacking You on Sight
  • Accessing Loyalty Point Stores with Unique or Discounted LP Rewards

Our Rates

Your fee is directly proportional to the effort we put in: no more, no less, and zero markup regardless of your current or desired standings. We’ve designed a special calculator, based off of CCP’s published standings gain formula (and a bit of calculus), to determine the necessary effort, and that in turn determines our fee. Our fees computed in terms of our base rate (shown in calculator), which is how much we charge for the effort required to raise base standings from 0 to 1.

The USIA Service Calculator and Reference Chart is available as a Google Sheet that you can copy to your Google Drive and modify (ie. input values into). Note that the Calculator is not guaranteed to work if downloaded in a format other than Google Sheets.

How Our Service Works

  1. Join the USIA Discord Server and ask to speak with a representative. We will create a private Discord channel made just for you and our staff, and we will discuss our services and make arrangements in this channel
  2. Upon receipt of payment for our services (handled by Imiarr or Archer), you and our Grinders will fleet up whenever you are mutually available to do so. As long as you are in fleet with the Grinder (and no one else), the Grinder will be able to raise your standings; it does not matter what system you are in, and your involvement is not required.
  3. Grinders report progress in your private channel as they take turns servicing your contract, and will notify you when the job is finished.

Note that as we run missions, you will accumulate ISK and LP – these are yours to keep! You are also welcome to keep any loot and salvage you get your hands on if you choose to accompany us in completing missions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is there a deposit required?

Yes – to ensure uninterrupted service, you are encouraged to provide as large of a deposit as possible so we do not need to stop every time the deposit is consumed; otherwise, we would need to wait for a new deposit in order to keep on going.

Any chance I can get a lower rate?

If you’re looking to raise effective standings (ie. used for anything other than broker fee reduction) to a certain value, then a higher Connections level will result in a lower price point. The reason for this is because a lower base standing is required in order to achieve the same effective standing, and less work required of us results in a lower fee. For example to achieve Effective 5.0 with Connections L3 you need 4.32 in base standings, but with L5 you only need 3.75 in base standings to achieve the exact same effective standing. Note that Connections levels take effect retroactively, so you can train it during or after we work; you do not need to train it first before receiving service.

We’ve also been known to strike deals from time to time. Ultimately it’s the runners who choose what jobs they’re willing to accept and the rates they work for. Feel free to hop on our server and negotiate. We’re ready and willing to haggle at any time.

Do I have to be in the same system as you or be active in fleet?

Nope! You can be in any system or wormhole and we can still improve your standings. Feel free to walk away from the keyboard or do other things while we do the work. You’re welcome to participate, but this is by no means required nor would it affect your fee.

How long does it take for you to grind my standings? Is there a fee for rush jobs?

This depends on many, many factors, but typical jobs take a couple of days. It would be best for you to speak with us for a time estimate along with your price quote. If you need a job done within a short amount of time, come speak with us and we might be able to accommodate your rush-request without the need for a rush fee. Rush jobs and rush fees (if required) are negotiated on an individual basis.

Can I still play the game while my standings are being raised?

Absolutely! The only restriction is that you cannot leave fleet or have others join fleet while your standings are being raised- doing so ends the grinding session. Otherwise, you’re welcome to do something else on your computer, or walk away from the keyboard and do something else entirely. We’ll be grinding whether or not you are playing EVE as long as you’re logged in and in a fleet comprised of only you and the grinder.

How do you check my standings?

We use EVE Skillboard to check your standings when giving you a quote, and to monitor your standings while we work without your intervention.

Does my Social skill level affect how fast my standings are gained? Do the Social skill levels of the runners affect pricing?

Nope and nope!

We’ve confirmed with CCP via support ticket that your Social skill level has zero impact on how quickly your standings are increased, only the Social skill level of the runners.

Also, clients are not charged based on how quickly we increase their standings, only by the amount of standings increased; this means that it is in the runner’s best interests to increase their Social skill level for both the Client’s and their own benefit, but otherwise this has no impact on what the client is charged.

What time zones do you operate in?

Generally speaking, our runners are available 24/7 (multiple runners may work for you, only one of which will work for you at any given time). You are welcome to leave your fleet open while you’re AFK so we can grind while you’re at school, at work, asleep, etc.

What is your refund policy?

If at any point you choose to discontinue our service, the remainder of your deposit for services not rendered will be returned to you in full. Refunds for services properly rendered are determined on a case by case basis.

Do you guys charge me if you go over my desired finish standing?

Of course not. Enjoy the bonus!

Is there a risk that any of my standings or security status will be lowered while you work?

No – it is not possible for standing decreases incurred by one person to be passed onto another. Nothing that we do will ever lower any of your standings in any way at any time; the same is true for security status.

Can you raise my faction standings?

Due to mechanics limitations, we cannot directly raise faction standings like we can corp standings. However, there are two things we can do to make it substantially easier for you to raise faction standings yourself.

For Amarr, Caldari, Gallente, Minmatar, Angel, Guristas, Sansha, and Syndicate factions: We can unlock the corresponding epic arc for you to complete. Upon completion of the epic arc, you will receive a massive non-derived faction boost (ie. no other faction standings are affected) along with a few hundred million in ISK and item value rewards. The arcs are repeatable at most every 90 days from when they were last completed. Because we permanently unlock the arcs, you do not need to come to us to unlock them a second time. If necessary, you can have a different character or enlist some friends to help complete the missions in the arc. We’d be happy to offer advice on how to complete the arcs since we’ve done each of them numerous times ourselves.

For all factions for which standings can be raised (except for Triglavian and EDENCOM): we can also unlock higher level missions (ie. L4) for a distribution corp within that faction so that you can run distribution missions in quick succession to rapidly generate storyline missions. Completing 16 regular missions yields one storyline mission, and each storyline will give you a faction boost. Distribution missions are generally completed more quickly, easily, and safely than security or mining missions, which is why we recommend them. These missions require low skills, a cheap fit, involve no combat, do not incur standings losses, and are highly multitaskable if you want to multitask doing other things on or physically near your computer. It is possible to generate more than 6x L4 storylines a day by blitzing L4 distribution missions when using a good mission hub (if available) and ship fit.

(Note on Caldari Faction boosting: the Caldari Epic arc corp, Expert Distribution, is a distribution corp, so having us unlock access to the epic arc/L4 distribution missions for this corp is a two-for-one opportunity for quickly raising factions with Caldari. We do charge extra for this corp since it is both slow and harder to raise standings for, however if you are interested in distribution blitzing and but not running the epic arc then we do have an alternative corp we recommend, Expert Housing, that we can unlock access to at our standard rate.)

Please be advised that your effective faction standing must be greater than -2 in order to access either the epic arc or higher level missions (L2-L5); if your faction standing is -2 or less, you will not have access to the epic arcs and you will be restricted to L1 agents for all corps within a faction even if your corp/agent standings are high enough to (ordinarily) access higher level missions. (That is, you could have a perfect 10.0 standing with every corp and agent in a faction and still be restricted to only L1 agents in that faction if your faction standing is -2 or less.) If your faction standing is less than -2, we can only provide you with advice on how to raise your standings, but otherwise we cannot directly or indirectly help you raise your faction standings.

Can you raise EDENCOM or Triglavian standings?

No. Due to mechanics limitations, there is no way for us to raise EDENCOM or Triglavian faction or corp standings or make it easier for you to raise them yourself.

What are the Tradehub Corporations?

From largest to smallest tradehub:

  • Jita – Caldari Navy
  • Amarr – Emperor Family
  • Dodixie – Federation Navy
  • Rens – Brutor Tribe
  • Hek – Boundless Creations
  • Thera – The Sancturary

Which corps or factions do I need minimum standings with to begin the epic arcs?

By Epic Arc, the corps/factions and their minimum standings are

  • Sisters of EVE “The Blood-Stained Stars”: Sisters of EVE corp OR faction (0 effective standing)
  • Amarr Empire “Right to Rule”: Ministry of Internal Order OR Amarr faction (5 effective standing)
  • Caldari State “Penumbra”: Expert Distribution OR Caldari faction (5 effective standing)
  • Gallente Federation “Syndication”: Impetus OR Gallente faction (5 effective standing)
  • Minmatar Republic “Wildfire”: Brutor Tribe OR Minmatar faction (5 effective standing)
  • Angel Cartel “Angel Sound” Three Entry Points (3 effective standing with any of them)
    • Dominations OR Angel faction
    • Republic Security Services OR Minmatar faction
    • Amarr Navy OR Amarr faction
  • Guristas Pirates “Smash and Grab” Three Entry Points (3 effective standing with any of them)
    • Federation Intelligence Office OR Gallente faction
    • Ytiri OR Caldari faction
    • Guristas corp OR faction

What are the R&D Corporations?

By Faction:

  • Amarr Empire:
    • Carthum Conglomerate
    • Viziam
  • Caldari State
    • Kaalakiota Corporation
    • Ishukone Corporation
    • Lai Dai Corporation
  • Gallente Federation
    • CreoDron
    • Roden Shipyards
    • Duvolle Laboratories
  • Minmatar Republic
    • Core Complexion Inc
    • Boundless Creation
  • Thukker Tribe – Thukker Mix
  • Khanid Kingdom – Khanid Innovation
  • Ammatar Mandate – Nefantar Miner Association

What corporations do the NPC Miners belong to?

The NPC miners may belong to any of the following corporations, arranged by faction:

  • Amarr Empire
    • Ducia Foundry
    • Joint Harvesting
    • HZO Refinery
  • Caldari State
    • Deep Core Mining Inc.
    • Poksu Mineral Group
    • Minedrill
  • Gallente Federation
    • Astral Mining Inc.
    • Material Acquisition
    • Allotek Industries
  • Minmatar Republic
    • Minmatar Mining Corporation
    • Vherokior Tribe
  • Thukker Tribe: Thukker Mix
  • Sansha’s Nation: True Creations
  • Blood Raider Covenant: Blood Raiders
  • Guristas Pirates: Guristas Production
  • Angel Cartel: Salvation Angels

What do you mean by “accessing Loyalty Point stores with unique or discounted LP rewards” ?

Regarding Unique LP rewards: Not all corporations in the same faction offer the same LP rewards. There’s certainly a lot of overlap to be sure, but you may require standings with two or more corporations in the same faction to get all of the available LP rewards for that faction. Also, some rewards are categorically unique to a faction (or possibly even a corp entirely). For example: SOE faction ships will only be made available from SOE faction corporations – in this regard they are unique.

Regarding discounted LP rewards: some corporations offer the same LP store rewards as other corporations but at a lower cost. Worth doing your research to see if you can find such a corp, or at least see if such a corp exists for a particular item you might be interested in.

Do you accept forms of payment other than ISK (eg. PLEX, Service Exchange, $$$, etc)?

ISK is the only form of payment we accept for our services. We do not engage in Real Money Trading (RMT) or accept any other form of compensation of our services.

Are your Grinders actual players or bots?

All our Grinders are actual players.

How can I learn more or hire you guys?

Join the USIA Discord server and speak with one of the USIA Heads (Imiarr Timshae or Archer en Tilavine).

You can also check out our website UnitedStandings.org, and the testimonials for USIA and its predecessor corps LCSIS and TSCA (which merged to form USIA):