What should be done is to revert to a patch where tiers and maintenance didn't exist.
I fully agree with this. Please stop punishing players for playing your game!
Well, according to Jan 6th news item on final account wipes...
"It also enables us to make vital changes to the Manufacturer and ship Tech Trees based on community feedback, which we’ll have more details on next week. You can expect to see the full patch notes for update 1.4.1 during this maintenance window."
But you need to get realistic...
Sadly the new trees which they "leaked" in yesterdays dev stream differ from the current ones in only minor ways. Maintenance will also stay. Therefore, if we don't love it, we got to leave it, no matter if we idealistically don't want it to die a slow and painful death.