It doesn't. The less charitable interpretation is that Frontier never really thought the MMO thing through, besides the notion that it was always something ELITE players dreamt about since the early 90's. The more charitable interpretation is that it will start to make sense as Frontier continues to add on stuff. There are details in the game that show stuff having been put in place now to enable other features later --for instance fully modelled ship interiors for when we're able to walk around the ships, that we occasionally get a glimpse of in bugs now. Time will tell. I suspect that Frontier is trying to do something that has not been done before --and in fact was deliberately avoided by Eve Online: twitch-game dogfighting dynamics in a shared universe. It may still be working out the kinks.