We can’t just make everything cheap. This would result in less needs of runs than it already is. The issue with this, is the fact that there already is close to nobody doing runs actively. This makes it so that there are no runs for people to rob or APC to interfere with. Instead of robbing people doing runs, even more people will start robbing random people on the street just for the fun of it.
I rather suggest that we have mess ups like we used to do. Mess ups with prices, where weapon parts and exctacy got an over the top pay out. Which resulted in spikes of high amount of people doing runs. This brought back life and motivation for a lot of people and also gave more opportunities for rebels, APC and HAVOC to interfere with.
When it comes to the stronghold, i believe any kind of explosive weapons (suicide vest, grenades or RPG) no matter the cost, would be destructive for roleplay or general feel of the server. I can just imagine people initiating then blow up themselves and everybody around them with suicide vest. Same comes with rpg where groups would have people hiding in bushes with their rpg while a guy initiates on them.
However, I believe balancing factions is still needed. Instead of nerfing their guns, we could rather limit faction population compared to civs. Example was yesterday, where at some point there were 25-35 civs and 20 cops. This shouldn’t be a thing. The tasks cops have to do should be changed. Back in the days cops actually patrolled on a regularly basis instead of just capping every single cartel on the server. Ways to make this happen could be making Kavala great again. Move more runs towards Kavala with a good payout. Which makes cops patrol these areas actively and lures rebels towards them. Overresponding is also a huge issue, example to this was yesterday. A cop spotted me with a weapon jumping into my zamak, within 1 min of me driving away from him, i had 2 hatchbacks, 2 SUVs, 1 prowler and a heli chasing me. This chaotic event simply ended with me and some officers dying from dcync and crashes.
Perhaps we could make it possible for people to easier see what gangs people who are online is a part of. This makes it easier for people to spot populated or big gangs, which might lead to them wanting to join them. This helps with balancing rebels and factions as rebels biggest disadvantage is their group size.