Thanks for getting back to me. That was pretty much my impression as I compared the two.
In SFB there are some that I would certainly like to play more than others from the mechanical advantage perspective.
In the AQ lists, I quite literally was fine with playing any of the races, including the Maquis.
Though as you mentioned the Maquis certainly does not have the punch the others due in their ship list am not sure that it is so bad as to make them unplayable.
In fact I considered playing the Marquis in the new game we are starting just for the challenge and to test that out. But, I've been wanting to Borg out for a while and I don't think Borging out gets any better than AQ borging