BitsNovikov is a member of the Elgavan Military. While he has no ties to either the Conservative Faction or the Reform Faction, one can't admire a proper miltary detachment from politics; he was on the take from the local pirates for a short while, but managed to escape blame in exchange for promises to support the Reform Faction. He's likely a better military mind than you get to see in game.. he's one of the few that suspected the Lugovalian Empire might be more than his government wanted to believe. Sadly, it was too late for Elgava, likely the whole SMC. He proves to be quite heroic, albiet uselessly, against the Lugalos Threat.