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Most people should have realized by now that Race skills are no greater then Class skills. There is no advantage to having imperial race. It is the equivalent of a VANITY ITEM.
I don't understand the outrage over this. Your Characters skills most important to battle will be your WEAPON SKILL and the GUILD you choose to join in game. Not some race or class, lets put this in some prepective here at the very least.
The choice to be on any Alliance as any race, is also just VANITY, as all races are not more powerful then each other.....
The main reason to ACTULLY WANT this is to join friends of other alliances as the race you want. I'm sure it took development time to make this happen, so 20 bucks extra for not just that, but all the other goodies is definatly reasonable for them to ask for.
You will actually have the option to join friends of other alliances at 50, that was talked about in the Q&A, so having that option at the START of the game is a LUXARY, NOT A MUST to play with friends of other alliances.