In "midgame" an easy way to farm data and goons is to go back to the lowest stars and take down UTA or Civilian outposts. The outposts in the very first star are in an exceptionally sorry state (outclassed my most medium hull ships) and yet contain lots of people oh so anxious to begin their new life as SPACE PIRATES. Arrrrrrrrrrrr.
However, in midgame it also happens that bounty hunters become kind of a pain in the behind and, now that I've finally upgraded my base to hold 10k rez at any one time, I noticed that the bounty maximum has also increased to match. I'd rather not be forced to give up so much phat loot to the bounty hunters. There's also a bounty hunter base in a level seven star... the level of this place is so low, it's begging to be taken down. Yet the base sports 7k hitpoints between hull and shield.
It's probably not impossible to take one such base down, but it might be unwise to try my hand at it now. When should I consider taking these targets down? What should I expect in terms of opposition? Will I gain respect and lose bounty for doing so?