Less stuff to worry about, more fun.
Personally, I think this game would be more balanced and fun if this option was available. I know there are those who disagree and can make their arguments. But having to research that which makes your faction "YOUR" faction. (TEC rebels feeling like rebels, ect). It makes the game flow more fluently and there will be less emphasis on how well you do at the start compared to mid - late game. (As it stands, the earlier game is obligatory anyway, build cap ship, expand ASAP and then dig in to research techs).
Does this exist somewhere?