the faction i applied to still hasn't gotten back to me after almost a week, which is twice as long as they said it takes for them to give a reply. I didn't want to start out until they told me where, if i was accepted. I read on their site to start in one of two places and neither of those are possible starting choices for me. I really want to join this faction, so i don't want to apply to another because i could still be accepted.
Quite frankly, if they treat you like garbage now...it'll be just as bad once they accept you. I'd highly suggest finding a new faction to join, since you'll likely find it much more enjoyable playing with people who consider you a priority in their group :)
Thats what happens when you do your very best to keep traitors and assasins out of your ranks, notice there have not been any executions or assasinations in the RA recently. In fact the only one I know that was in any way recent was someone who violated basic security protocol. So we are security conscious, a few other factions could probably learn a thing or two from that. Think NIO, Galactic Empire, Sienar Extractions and the New Anzat Order. They have all lost rather high ranking members in the last 2 months, not a good record.