Because there would be no money to be made by Cryptic if it was done this way. I believe its the same for EC and Dil. At least, when I started a Klingon character the other day I was at zero across the board.
"The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward." - Rocky Balboa (2006)