Nor only repair, but even maintaining standings can be a huge PITA. I’m not saying it should be easy. But the amount of faction kill missions handed out by some corps seems quite unbalanced.
I’ve noticed it particularly with minmatar. They seem to hand out a LOT of “kill amarr” and “kill caldari” missions. Which makes it quite difficult to raise standings with them and not tank those 2. I have never noticed this problem to quite the same extent with the other 3 factions.
Again, I’m not saying it should be easy to gain high standings with all 4 empires. But rather that the current distribution of faction kill missions seems unbalanced.
I also disagree with the idea of making it IMPOSSIBLE to have good standings with all 4 empires. It takes a considerable amount of work as it is, and with how ■■■■■■■■ the current standings repair mechanics are it would make ever relocating a huge PITA.
From a lore perspective, capsuleers may be from an empire, but we are not strictly beholden to them. We work for them by choice not force. So while an empire might not be happy about us working for their enemies, it would also make sense for them to not reject a capsuleer entirely if they have also done a lot of work for them as well.