Lately I have been playing some Elite Dangerous and I decided I needed to see the Sol system. I knew the money grind was real and heard rumors the rank grind was pretty bad, but had no clue how bad it was. Also here is a pic of a random planet.
So I am in the Sothis system bouncing between there and Ceos. Its quite popular since its a short jump and they feed each other data delivery missions. It is pretty easy to stack 20 missions, many times without even board hopping. It is just so damn boring and it takes so many missions to reach a new rank. Also here is another photo.
Someone did the math and it takes around 1000 missions to reach the max rank and even if it goes perfectly it would take around 8-9 hours. Realistically tho it would take closer to 20. And of course that still leaves the empire which doubles that.
Granted you are in no way required to do both or even do either. You aren’t even required to do anything really. But it can be a huge pain in the ass. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.