No, what I'm saying is control competition so it doesn't make the game unplayable.
I was hardly under the impression that the game was unplayable. But of course, one needs to adapt his base to his playing style. You can't log in once a day and expect to be successful in London Heathrow, you know.
The game allows bases, and that's not going to change. So, if you don't want an established player to open shop in your place, don't base yourself in a hyper-competitive market like Canada or the US, where slots are basically endless and a huge number of players active.
See, if you open in Macau, or Qatar, or whatever, there are no other airports from which players could come. So you know your competition going in. Or, if you are not interested in competition at all, you could always start in, I don't know, Venice Treviso.
Also, Modern Times is maybe the most competitive of all game worlds, especially in the beginning. So maybe, and I don't mean to offend you, it's plainly the wrong game world for you?
You can't open in a random game unwittingly and expect to find Disney Land.
The issue is the fact they've spent the money (no matter how 'small' you perceive that to be) and they don't want it to see it all go for nothing.
Sorry, but that is your risk when you start a game. This is not a lawn mowing competition where even the last place gets a consolation price. Do you get your money back when you lose a bet on a football game? I don't think you would...