This is a change, that is intended to not have an actual impact on gameplay but is intended to open a “sticky” door for many changes that have been suggested over the years.
Replace CONCORD with Faction Navies. Same firepower, same response times, same, same, same.
What about XX ddd and FFF???
But why? People have come up with really great ideas, like interactions between factions, making pirate factions be like real factions, adding pirate factions to FW. Stuff I forgot over the years.
Because CONCORD is a design limitation It always ends the same way.
A massive battle to protect CONCORD and the real idea is lost.
So Phase 1 takes CONCORD out without changing anything.
<your idea here> (In another thread please)
EDIT: Cool alternative, changes nothing in keeping with the goal.