My fear is that once governments figure out that merchants are selling to us, they will make sure it doesn't happen. If you are not a recognized country, you aren't supposed to sell. For now, we've gotten old brooms and wands. Two specific companies, and I'm sure we can keep things going for a while, but how much harder will the Confederation come down on us if they find out?
Forget about being a player. I'm looking for someone who will convince them to put us IN the stage as the smallest country in the world. We can't be the only ones outside of the Confederation.
I feel that concentrating just on surviving is very short sighted because survival can only get us so far, but since you are the second person to bring up the point maybe it's just me and my need to build a civilization and not just have two dozen people who just happen not to have anywhere else to go.