Having the senate is already a good move toward the right direction. Now war, that is what star wars is about. It should remain in various forms as it is. You can impact it already, there should be just something about what you achieve other than recoloring a small part of the galactic map. I don't feel like it's hard to earn AT items. You can gear up quite fast. You can do alliance missions and for plots factions also reward you. Tech plots are fun, they can add a lot to your character and it's relations, maybe you wouldn't even get to know a lot of people if you weren't doing them. It psychologically feels good to earn stuff. The way you described mods handling your situation sounds unprofessional from their side. I agree that shouldn't go like that, once approved it shouldn't be taken away. I never had trouble with my plot submissions. From my experience any comments I got from their side was fair and made sense, they were not working against me, they were working with me. Sometimes it just takes too long to get a reply, but I keep in mind half of the staff resigned last month.