I have always found the idea of aetherspace very nice, its such a huge space, that I feel has much more potential usage. Maybe with this threat we can find some ideas how aetherspace could be used more and better. And find more reasons to go out there on the ships.
One good idea I heard so far was to implement pirate ships (like the gnome ships now) that try to board you. Or you can board them to steal some loot.
It would be nice to hear some ideas, and who knows *looks at admins* some of them could become real?