Why should they have to rely on the TU (or any other faction) not doing anything stupid rather than having more tools in their toolbox to deal with those situations if they happen? If the playerbase is incapable of negotiating these high level agreements between factional HC then you have more significant issues. Also moving as much stuff as possible from hardcoded to ingame agreements gives much more latitude when it comes to creating the metagame and stories that are needed for this game to work.But why would the TU be anti merc? The whole government is ran by corporations who use mercs to do combat. I don't get why you're so hellbent on saying the TU will go after mercs as a whole when we simply don't, as long as they stick to their own rules.