I've seen this idea a lot, and this is my take on it. So, yes, being a protectorate helps build the story, but it would be cool if you could give your characters a background different than that. Obviously, it would have to explain how you got a MM and why Esther is recruiting you, but it would allow a lot more freedom on WHO your character is. Maybe you're a Novakid outlaw, running from the protectorate. Or maybe you're a Hylotl scholar. What about an Avian priest, or a Floran hunter. Or maybe your a protectorate and nothing is different. Anyways, my point is that it would be cool if you could change who your character was more. Some people don't really want to be bound to being a do-gooder space cop. All in all, I don't mind how things are right now, but this would be a fun change.