Take a look at the Efficient Impulse Engine. People still use that engine due to its buffs, but it is slow. Your ship will be just as effective as it was at RA, but the mobs will be buffed up to compensate for FA. It might be a tad harder and take a tad longer for each fight, but Mk X equipment will still be effective compared to Mk XIII equipment. I see absolutely no point in wasting emblems for MX XI equipment when fighting as a VA.
Unfortunately, I discarded that impulse engine long ago,
It was only later I discovered what it actually was.
I'm mainly concerned about weapons DPS.
It seems on ground enemies, it takes longer then normal to kill them (based on a comparision when I was RALH to VA).
I always assumed it's because my DPS wasn't enough.
I'm uncertain if I should accept it as truth though, wiki tends not to be reliable due to it's "open nature".
But STO Wiki seems to one of the more reliable informative sources, so I can't decide if it's true or not.
I guess only a Dev can confirm this for us.
But I wouldn't be surprised if the level cap goes up again.
I found that I usually only buy the even mark gear. All my gear is Mk X right now except for one or two MK XI items.
For 2011 content, it seems only the passive BO abilities looks iffy. Whether it is 2011 or 2012 for when we get to Fleet Admiral is anyone's guess. Although the Romulan Faction for Season 4 might be pushing it a bit. It might come out in Season 5 or 6 which should still be next year. These are my opinions and should be treated as such. The only dev response for Romulans is that they hope to get it done by next year.