I think Taco is making good points, I just think hes missing the idea here, its not meant to be manipulated, its being paid for, hence the credits that someone worked for, rather it was easy for them or not, and we cant say that all players make easy money. Ill mention this again some players are able to put in alot of time in the game, but their skills are elsewhere, rather its mining , pvp or something else, but they may not have the ability to win missions or like you said events. So if your a player who can play the events or do missions but only play maybe a couple of hours a day, who is putting more effort in, who deserves the rep more? I use to put in many hrs, day and night, I accumulated so many hrs, that now I could be considered part of the most wealthiest players on the server, but have no rp to show for it, I cant really buy rep and I cant gain it, last season I was able to accumulate 3k rp or close to it, but it meant nothing and did nothing for me, so what is it really worth if no one knows you have it, it provides nothing unless you make much much more, some ppl are just not capable of gaining that much.
For me Season 8 is when i gained some wealth and had the opportunity to upgrade to ocd 6, no rp required, in season 9 I perfected my skills in making money, but it did nothing for me but make me rich, i couldn’t upgrade, which in turned ruined the game for me, I dont really have the skills for missions, and I cant depend on others to help me with them. Im sure all big factions have these issues too, where their players are good at one thing or another, but we cant depend always on each other to do all that labor work, and even if we paid someone, for example, if I payed Bob to do the missions, because hes good at them, then I come in and collect the rp with him just before he finishes, its the same thing in a way, is that considered manipulation too, because I know for a fact many ppl do it, they didnt really earn it. As for small factions or solo players, they dont gain alot of rp to start with, so they have no choice, choose what you want and only work towards that, I bet if they had the option to buy rp, maybe some will buy ocd 7 and come to pvp,