The faction lock on Alphas was a stupid decision.
Flies in the face of whole swathes of EVE development designed to do the exact opposite, and balance faction vessels asymmetrically so that all players can access all ships. (Not saying Alphas should access Omega ships, just that all Alpha ships should be available to all Alphas.)
When one of my accounts lapsed, I was like “ok, Ill fly VNI”, only to realize after years of not even thinking about it, that it is infact a Minnie toon. Was a bit of a rude shock, especially considering the skill spread on that toon.
The thumb-rule in EVE was that it doesnt matter what faction you choose to start in.
We’ve been telling noobs that for years.
The Alpha faction lock is not true to that.
I understand it simplifies the NPE, since you get funnelled into certain skill sets and dont inadvertently waste the SP limit, but on the otherhand it means existing accounts lapsing into Alpha may find, at worst, that they cant actually fly anything.