In the personal opinions of other players, which government factions would you consider the best to join in terms of privs, atmosphere, people, etc. (And yes, I'm sure some of you will say it all depends on what I'm looking to get out of it, but I'm asking your opinions)
It depends what you're looking to get out of it...
Okay, but seriously, it does somewhat depend on you and your preferred play style. First you need to consider which side of the galactic war you want to be on (or if you want to be neutral). Then do you want a very rigid kind of structure, or something a little more relaxed? Do you want a larger, canon group, or a smaller group trying to make its own name? A lot of nationalised factions, or a few?
You can find people who will say good things about any government, just as you can find people who will say something bad about any government. Maybe if people comment more on their experiences with governments, and what aspects they found good or bad, you can get an idea of what might suit you?
"May the Grace of Ara go with you, and His Vengeance be wrought upon your enemies."
well some people like to work their way up the ranks in larger groups were if you actually get the title of General/admiral do command a decent military force compared to the little group which everyone takes the title of Admiral and has the command of a Y-wing.
Some people on the other hand wants to get that title as quick as possible and prefer to be in the small group were they can get the title and do not really bother if it has any actual meaning or anything behind it.
Just as some people are happy of being a "peon" or midrank officer/commander in a gov, having his small team of people under his command, don´t want to bother about overall planning or higher command positions which usually means more administration.
and so on.
basically it all comes down to personal preferences. Would be wrong by anyone to say that A is better then B, or call people who joins a gov to become peons or thoose who joins small groups to be title hungry or whatever.