Humans have reached a level of technology beyond that which they had ever conceived of before. Their ships are capable of FTL travel using warp technology and they can make small hyperspace jumps between systems. As a result, they are able to cross the milky way in a matter of months and explore regions of space that were thought to be unreachable.
Naturally, there is a war raging between the People's Order of the King's Esteemed Republic (Some question the "democracy" of this faction's leadership) and the United Nations of Orion. The war is nearing an end, and the POKER are in retreat from the onslaught of UNO's armies.
Throughout the war between POKER and UNO, human pilots have been used on the front lines, engaging in dogfighting and other 20th-century piloting nonsense.
How can I justify the need for human fighter pilots, when this society is obviously advanced enough to have automated pretty much all of a human pilot's functions? And I'm not talking "the pilot tells the ship where to go and it does the rest", I'm talking a throttle and stick layout with manual weapons and et cetera.
Footnote: all characters and/or nations in this world are purely fictitious. Any resemblance to an existing character and/or nation (or card game), living or dead, is purely coincidental.