The comparison with Feds was not really meant that way , it was thought to dispel the myth that Fascist carriers were some sort of never before seen superweapon.
If I wanted to make some sort of comparison how another race has a lot more power and compare them to the Fascist I would have gone with the Borgs ;)
And I disagree that Fascist have a better economy than Feds. Having played both that's just not the case. Not that fascists have a bad economy either.
But just to be clear. Fascists can and should defeat the Feds anytime the two of them go head to head. And I absolutely agree that Fascists have a whole lot of powers and abilities at their disposal.
Overpowered though....no. What they lack and in my mind makes them balanced is any sort of brute strength. Their capital warship , the Vickie , is no match for any of the other capital ships excepting the Privs.
And their pride and joy , the Glories , require skill , timing , patience and frankly luck to be effective. Think about this. Sure you can kill a fleet of carriers with 10 Glories. But if you fail to intercept their fleet you'll lose your Glories.
No other race has to deal with the fact that if you fail your attack you'll lose a fleet of ships and gain nothing in return.
I'm not saying the Fascists are'nt powerful and 2xBeams made them more so.
I play them a lot and can safely say that they can hold their own against any other race , except for maybe the Rebels.
But their power relies on , again , a lot of skill , patience , timing and luck.