Well I hate to brake it to you as this (online feature) Will and is becoming the norm now. Which is the fault of many indaviduals that like to partake in practices that are not welcome in the industry.
I am story style gamer to but personally I do not see a problem. Yes there is issues when companies do not take the time and resources to actaully optomise the game and servers for sketchy connections. Especially from a AAA Company. But! I have learned to get used to it. Looks like you and others will have to as well. As much as I would love to see that feature go. Well it aint until those other factions vanish.
One to fight the power. Well that one caused the mess in the first place!