I think Mercenaries should be added in at sometime. Maybe in a expansion book. Becuase for some reason I get these images in my mind off Merc's (Looking like the Marines from Aliens.) going to getting paid to go check out some research base in the Asteriod Belt.
Any of you guys have any ideas how to make these guys work or how to integrate them into EP?
I had a few ideas on how to add a Merc Faction/Factions into EP. One of which is something like the MRBC in Battletech. (The MRBC having a mid sized habitat somewhere in a lagrange orbit.) This core idea gives the Mercs some legitmacy and can open up some interesting ideas along with whatever else people can think of.
Small Merc Outfits ranging from Squad to Company Sizes.(The Level of tech and gear they use can be anything from low tech flat grunts with some light armor and a rifle to a High Tech Kill Team with the latest in rail gun tech and having acesess to Combat Snyths.)
Another idea is having PMC's that operate as a Small Security Corp.