Wow! You're beefing up your side pretty heavy there. I'm just curious...have you beefed up Rebellion ships equally? Maybe load up each one with 8-10 extra missile and torpedo launchers?
Just wondering how you're maintaining game balance...
Regarding what the Rebellion sides start with in the skirmish...which AI are you using - easy, medium or hard? I'd assume hard, based on the need to use a highly modded SSD on your side in order to survive. But I would think the AI level would also determine how many ships - and which types - the Rebellion sides would start with.