Just curious, I saw another post about people showing accounts with similar names, but none the same. (Excluding the Blackhearts and people with the same first name and last initial.)
I recently discovered another player with my exact in game name, in my sector and it frustrates me to no end. Since I saw the other topic though, it made me second guess if a name already taken was still available to another player.
There is nothing restricting people to unique base names, no. We do however frown on changing your base name to harass someone nearby who has the same name.
No point in creating a new post and bumping, so I'll just edit. Thank you, cleared that up for me.