Hello Multiplayer Fans,
Before I begin, let me state that I fully understand the reasoning behind Vasari Rebels' "removal" from online play: their phase missiles are devastating, their Titan can be extremely difficult to destroy when under the control of a good player, other teams can use their phase stabilizer nodes, and, finally, their starbases can phase jump in-between planets.
Now, I have never really given the VR any real thought, mainly since they are always banished from multiplayer and I don't feel like wasting my time in singleplayer trying to get to know a faction that I will never play! Therefore, I have come to know the other factions quite well through my gameplay experience; and what I have learned is that I thoroughly believe other factions are just as dominating as the VR.
Grant it, the VR's starbases can phase jump once 5 Military Labs are built, allowing the user to buff up one or two SBs to jump from planet to planet instead of having to make one for every planet that is bordering their enemy. Logically, if you ever played as them online, you would immediately go military and get this research (as would everyone else, in which case you will end up having SB battles). The offensive capabilities that this provides is phenomenal: you don't have to worry about defenses so you can go all offensive; you're pretty well on your way to the Kostura (which usually only has significance if you're VL); and you can already get your Titan fully developed (although you should always start building it before you have it fully researched).
But if we take a step back and look at the games we see online nowadays, you always see one of two things: AR's Eradica obliterating enemy fleets with its Chastic Bursts; or VL jumping between poorly defended, faraway worlds and consuming them. TEC really has no awesome ability besides their Novalith, which teams rarely get due to the price of constructing them.
So this brings us back to the unfairness of the VR, which is not all that great in comparison. In a game like a 5v5, the VR would have difficulty perfecting it's SB strategy because they would immediately be bordering another player by just a handful of planets (depending upon position of course) and would not be able to gain enough income to build these war machines. However, if they were even given a chance to get their technology up, they would become a menacing foe, but not one that would be unstoppable to destroy. The VL could still jump behind the lines and do damage; the Eradica (with it's most likely bomber spam support) would put up an excellent fight, and the TEC could still do....well....whatever the TEC usually does in a situation like this (most likely Ogrovs and bombers)!
In the end, I'm not saying that we should unquestionably allow the VR's return into multiplayer, but I think that we should give it some serious consideration, seeing as how games that are now currently played always end the same way and have the same key features. The VR could help to stop the tyranny of the Eradica or the devouring of worlds, or it could cause a whole new set of issues! But I feel that we as an online community have not given this faction a good enough chance in multiplayer and need to rethink our immediate banishment of the Vasari Rebels.