Well, much better. I love being able to give the pirates missions on the fly and just create chaos at will.
..No missions from the AI's.. They just sit there and tell you how much they dislike you.
The only way I could improve relations were to give them money, metal, and cystal. That and spam the daylights out of the envoy cruisers. With no missions you could not improve relations just by having fun blowing things up for them.
Also, I am not sure I like the change from a 1-100+ percentage to the 1-20 decimal ratings in the relationship screens. However, I REALLY like the statement of the Hatred, warning, neutral etc.