Some goods points there, I definitely went in too early with only 10M that I put toward upgrading an Asp. In theory it worked well, I could move resources with a modest 20Ly jump range, do some damage in combat with class 2 lasers, and do some local missions along the way while I waited for a resupply.
Unfortunately, everyone had rail guns (ow!), and it was always >100Ly between fringe systems and home base. Even with a 5A drive it takes 4-6 jumps on average.
I’ll put the Asp to better use and find me a black hole I think. After that I’ll read into PP a bit more before randomly selecting someone (Empire, of course).