Regardless of the utility value or longevity of fighters, they do quite a bit to add scale to the game. Without the fighters, the cap ships wouldn't seem nearly so grand and impressive. If anything, there should be many more fighters in the fight and they should use up fewer pop cap points relative to cap ships.
Gary Swift (aka gswift)
Lenexa, Kansas USA
You can try to monkey-proof your program, but you'll never monkey-proof the monkey.