Jeez, I really can't believe that merely yesterday that this thought occurred to me: I've played freespace since I was like . . . 9 . . .
And here it is < *something that is going to go BOOM the bubble's burst!* >: Why is the GTVA, are any other faction for that matter
pinned down to subspace? Or subspace nodes?
Okay, I freely admit that I don't have a nerd's capacity to know all about subspace, so, please, correct me if I'm wrong:
1. Those blue portals that materalise out of thin space when a ship appears or dissapears is an indicative of a subspace jump and can be done so without being next to a "jump node", i.e, anywhere.
According to Inferno Release 1, in the mission Nemisis, the final confrontation between the GTCa Independence and the EASD Nemisis, command clearly states that when the Nemisis jumps out for first time, the Nemisis is making a nano-subspace jump.
So underlying Q: Can subspace be used anywhere?
Followed up with: So what's the point of a jump node?
< Don't get bored
people can get around in space quite easily without subspace. So . . . if subspace is just a SUPAR fast way of getting around, then people can still live and move without it right?
Since us Terrans are so worked up about the collapse of the Delta Serpentis-Sol jump node, why couldn't the GTVA assign this really massive ship loaded with food, petrol, helium, water, people, games, toys, dart boards, beds, whatever and make the LONG, LONG way back to Sol?
Just use your engines and hey-ho! Eventually you'll get to Sol . . . just depends that you haven't died out of old age . . . that's all.