Another point about earning dilithium as KDF: it's more fun than Fed
1000 dilithium for turning over 10 Fed prisoners that you got running marauding doff missions
2000 dilithium for turning over contraband you stole from a Ferengi freighter
The Pi Canis dailies - fantastic shooty fun
I used to have an Orion slave girl, then PWE 'perfected' her, now all I have is this lousy signature
I'm a KDF and Fed player and I do think the standalone KDF missions are better than most of the fed ones. We just nned to see a little more content since Cryptic does seem to favour the fed side more. But I agree with most of what the OP has said
I have an endlevel KDF toon and I enjoyed it a lot (the Honor Guard set is also the best space set IMO). The Kar'Fi is also my favourite ship in the game. However most of my endgame gaming is doffs and I find the KDF lacking there. There is just no reliable doff production mechanism since supports only give useless prisoners. Ok the dil is nice, but I rather get 5 new refugees with good chances of turning into blue or purple doffs a day than 30 prisoners that I can do squat with.
Welcome to the KDF, it really is enjoyable! As for the "Whiners", well everyone wants something extra in particular and they wouldn't whine if they didn't enjoy it or want to see it improved and we all would benefit.
For a lot (I cannot ever say most) it seems having those mission for levels 1 to 20 and our best bet to see these added will be Season 7 or season 8. Hopefully .
Yes do try the KDF and don't let the UI get to you if you don't like it, again hopefully we'll have options to change that in the future!
I would encourage Foundry authors to remember the KDF when you're designing missions. You can get two missions out of the same basic story idea if you just think "what would happen if a Klingon intelligence officer got the information that started this mission?"