Please read everything and hear me out first.
I believe the nerfs to the Yellowcake, other Cartel gear, and new annointments should be reverted (or at least reduced greatly). Hear me out here. The devs seem to be adamant on keeping this game running as a live service. So how about they actually use one of the things many live service games are known for. SEASONAL/EVENT drop! Yes the weapons were very strong, however they only dropped from the event during that event period. Players can no longer get those weapons.
What I’m suggesting is that if they want to continue down this road, have each event drop an exclusive highly powerful piece of gear (within reason). This way everyone will have a reason to keep coming back to play the game. As it stands currently I see no reason to participate in future events as the gear dropped will either be weak or nerfed shortly after which makes grinding for that gear pointless. Make some annointments seasonal as well such as the 300/90 annointments.
Currently it seems the events are one time deals with no return expected within the year. Why not make those events worthwhile and engaging? Otherwise why use the live service model?
TL;DR: Just have seasonal annointments like the 300/90 and weapons like Yellowcake and OPQ be strong, but keep them exclusive to events. Rewards dedicated players and encourages people to come back to new players to join in.