why not up the odds against the pirate menace? imagine if they had battlestations of their own. I'm not sure if pirates are hardcoded to exist with just a few ships or not, I mean do they build more for themselves? but it would make for an interesting team map.
I don't know if campaign scripting will be introduced in one of the micro expansions, but imagine several races banning together to face the pirate's new super weapon or space station. I expect there to be multi-part mods if we can confirm story events that can be coded in the future.
StCobalt if you can code up the stats for some super capital ships, we can really see flagships being available for the mod. someone makes the model, blows it up to galactic scale, then we set seperate hull and armor for each cap ship, and make the super fortress or whatever cost almost as much as the space station. I don't really follow the GUNDAM series but I expect they had some mobile bases that could deliver some real punishment. would be a good ship to stick the cannon on.