So I'm a big fan of the Factory, I have a lot of fun making subs in general. But I feel like there's currently a massive gap in the production levels between Limited and Minor, something that is potentially a bit problematic and limiting in regards to what can be submitted.
Limited (Only one small group of characters. IE: Small task force, not entire factions.), Minor (Large groups of characters. (IE: Multiple factions, companies, or groups.),
In the past I've done submissions for starfighters and weapons at limited and was asked to specify which groups could use the submissions at Limited or drop it to minor and readjust the ratings to compensate for balance. Which is an understandable thing. However I feel like going from Minor, where multiple factions or companies are allowed to utilize a submission, to Limited, where only small groups who are not entire factions is a very egregious gap.
As a solution, I'd suggest another production level in between. A level that would limit the submission to use by a single faction or company to bridge the gap between "several companies or factions" and "not entire factions". Currently this is covered under the Affiliation section, however Affiliation does not count towards balancing, meaning that if you submit something under Limited and affiliate it with a faction, you're still required to specify which sub-groups can use it.
Under a new Production Level between Minor and Limited however you could still allow Limited to keep its specialized nature while also giving more flexibility one step lower down the scale. It seems easy on paper, however I do understand that things like this are often more complicated than they seem, especially from a balancing point of view. I just thought I'd throw my two cents out there and possibly get a conversation started on the subject if one wasn't already in progress. Thanks for reading!