As many of you may know, anyone whose nation is currently defunct cannot buy anything at the shops. I personally see this as a problem for a few reasons:
1.) It unfairly disadvantages them. While I do think there should be advantages to winning, I'm not so sure it should be such an extreme disadvantage to be losing that one cannot even purchase equipment. Especially for people who go on Live before doing the SP content, this is a
2.) It makes the game less fun. A huge part of the charm of this game is the customization, and you have less oppurtunity to do that if you cannot acquire new equipment.
3.) It unfairly hurts more casual players. For the people who are only occassionally on Live for Chromehounds, if a nation is constantly dying and reviving, rather than becoming permament, they may rarely or never be on at a time when the shop is open.
A couple possible solutions:
Easier: Simply enable shops for everyone, all the time.
Harder: Perhaps create a second sort of shop, called the Black Market. This would have a wide variety of stuff (including some rare stuff salvaged or stolen), although an inconsistent inventory (you never know what will be on the black market). It would sell to all players, regardless of affiliation, and a higher price than normal shops. It'd add a cool new dimension for everyone, while also helping out those who are nationless by virtue of its existence. I think this would be both fun and thematically appropriate for the game.
Differant: Perhaps have players immediately capture equipment from destroyed enemies, with a random chance for any given item, perhaps weighted for cost? It could be designed so that they would have to pay money to make the part serviceable again, perhaps equivilent to 90% of the original cost or something?
Just a couple thoughts I'd like Sega / From to take note of. I honestly believe that a slight change in this area could help improve the game for a lot of people, without really hurting anyone else (as winning players will still have more swag, more research, etc).