Your comparison of a suggested scenario in the Deep Periphery and comparison to Jim Raynor and his merry band of rebels is invalid. Jim defected from Arcturus, who was still a rebel at the time, because Jim was disgusted at leaving Kerrigan behind. Maybe you should actually bother to learn the lore before using it in a comparison.
If the outcome is going to result in SJ based players being FORCED to choose another Clan/Faction....wouldn't you think that if players wanted to be a part of Clan Wolf or something else....that they would JOIN said Clan/faction in the FIRST PLACE INSTEAD of "joining Clan x for a certain period of time then being forced to create new characters and start all over in Clan Y?" I simply do not understand why there cannot be at least a "survivor option" to play in the Periphery and such to at least assure Jaguar fans that all their efforts were not completely for waste to the point where it feels as if all that XP grinding and leveling or whatever was for nothing and THEN ON TOP OF THAT being FORCED to choose another faction.......now if THAT doesn't signal a lack of respect for a fanbase or playerbase simply because of the choice/desire/want/need to play as the Jaguars that some players may decide, then I do not know WHAT IS. Course it wouldn't be the first time I have seen the Smoke Jaguar faction be condemned (both in lore and otherwise) so much so that the hidden purpose is to make anyone who chooses to play as the Jaguars feel ashamed or "bad" about being a part of said Jaguar groups (cause after all they ARE the "bad guys" right?) Hence the MARGINALIZATION I have been referencing all this time. Because after all what better way to influence behaviors and decisions than to have rules and regulations to "convince" people to make certain choices even though that "choice" may not be what they originally want/decided?
(Example: Ooooooo a Smoke Jaguar faction?! Sounds cool! Hey we b winning against Combinez! This seems like fun!.....Wait..... Whats DIS?!!....Jaguars are meany?! But the playerbase seems alright...~SJ~ seem like pretty cool guys.....how could they be bad?...GASP! Turtle Bay?! ZOMG DIS B HORRIBLE! Wait...We lose on Wolcott and unable to attack planet for rest of game??!!!! W T F??? Hmmm maybe Luthien not so bad.....*after game*....ZOMG WE B TEAM UP WIT NOVA CAT AND STILL LOSE?! ZOMG WE GET RAIDED DAILY BY EVERYBODY BUT NOT ALLOWED TO STRIKE BACK EFFECTIVELY???? NOVA CATS DESTROY RAIDING FORCE????? LOSE ON TUKAYYID??? BULLDOG/SERPENT/DAMOCLES/CHUCK NORRIS???? But what about survivors? CAN'T PLAY AS THEM???? ........Ok I quitz. Gonna reroll
The very fact that people choose SJ as an option to play as should be very apparent: It should be up to the player to decide what Clan/Faction they want to play as whether it be the Jaguars, Wolves, Davions, etc (AKA FREE CHOICE)......not have some governmental regulation say: "You will buy/join X product and ONLY X product because of a new lore law section 9999999 that clearly states that product Y will be "phased out" and any such subscribers/buyers of said Y product will either be "encouraged" to choose X product or left out altogether."
Yeah that sounds real encouraging to have lore be the complete and ultimate law as to determine what people CAN and CANNOT do in a video game.
As for the whole Streaking Mist/Hyperion option.....WHY THE NORRIS NOT?????!!!! WHERE does it state that in the government regulations rulebook that players cannot play as the Jaguar survivors and be on some backwater Periphery world with only the Streaking Mist and a handful of other dropships/jumpships/transports/personnel/Chuck Norris' workout DVD's to pass the time???? I thought "BattleTech/MechWarrior were '"One and the same'"??? What about the wide, open universe that is BattleTech? Why no Periphery option? What do the survivors do? What if people don't WANT to be forced to choose any other faction? What if people LIKE what they originally chose????
In a way I see the "survivor option" as a good balance between the canon hardcore and the casual funloving "free choice" folks. The Smoke Jaguars get to continue in the Periphery post Bulldog/Serpent to keep players who CHOOSE the Jaguars happy while at the same time keeping the canon hardcore happy because the storyline was followed and the Jaguars do not hold any IS/Homeworld planets and are now located in the Periphery struggling to survive and make do with the best they can get while the storyline continues on. I think it is about the most rational and reasonable thing considering that this is a video game and people are here mostly for fun and the enjoyment of deciding for themselves how they want their experience to be....NOT have it be decided for them.