I like the fact that as an Imp you get to fight Pub NPCs and vice versa.
Finally a bit of WAR flavor. Ganking 3rd parties was getting a bit old.
Big thumbs up for that.
I hope this approach also makes it way into Operations. Mechanically wise they can be identical but why not have bosses skinned and voiced differently, as republic/empire generals/war droids etc. etc.
I agree I want to see a Operation where it's republic vs empire. They have shown with this flashpoint that they can make the bosses mechanically wise the same but different based on faction. It will also make players roll on the other side to do operations in order to compete achievements.