So, I've had a bit more time to think about where to go with my character. Since I had to unbecome a member of the State Protectorate and spent a sizeable amount of time there, the culture is somewhat ingrained into Ria right now.
The easiest part to think through is the Lai Dai affiliation.
It suits the character in all the right ways - she's genetically Khanid, she is interested in R&D herself, you get the idea. It's an easy fit. This choice breaks down into two main avenues - keep it more research oriented, or take a swing into the security branch of the corporation. Second choice would place a heavier emphasis on space explosions, when I have the time to actually play. First choice is well, pretty much what I've been doing so far. Additionally, if I'm not mistaken, sourcing crews - both ground and ship - is a good thing to do? I'd have to do a lot of reading up at any rate, but if I'm missing something obvious, please do point it out.
Now, I'm pretty much on a hiatus right now, which conveniently leaves me an open door towards defecting into a pirate faction. Now, the most obvious choice would be, of course, given the character background - the Angels. What I'm wondering about is how heavily are they involved into the slave trade, as that's not something she'd normally do. An alternative to the alternative is the Serps, where she could still possibly terrorise the hapless Gallente citizens, although I don't think she's that bitter. Still, she could dabble into the scientific field of drug production if she goes that way.