May I please ask and/or remind you of one thing: Back in WHFB-days there was the (probably) second-most important rule: If you ever feel something is totally out of place, go ahead and houserule it. Feel free to change things you absolutely dislike to make a better game.
Why don't we role with this? I'm not saying every group should come up with their own version of the game, that's just plain bullstuff. But after a couple of games, if you feel something is broken, talk to your group and houserule it so everyone (or most everyone at least) can agree and roll with it. Several members of rules and balance and background team have stated that it is impossible to foresee every implication, every list, every possible outcome of rules clashing. Sure, maybe the changes are a bit too drastic alltogether. Maybe they work very well. If you feel bummed about something, houserule it and wait for the official releases and STAY TUNED and in contact with team-members so you can be heard.
I know this is far from a perfect solution, but I just had the feeling that most people totally forgot about this opportunity. Nobody ever told me to strictly adhere to all the official rules under the threat of capital punishment. And I honestly don't believe this game is going down the drain. Quite the opposite actually, but it will probably take a lot of time to explore and get used to all the changes and find a way make it work.
I imagine that the reason this isn't in the rulebook is so competitive players can't use it to their advantage. I've seen it done, many times.
This isn't an issue for friendly games where generally people agree and get on with it and only invoke rule 0 where there is a genuine problem. But then in friendly games you can just play the way you want to when both players agree. There is no need to stick to the rules 100% if both of you are happy.
For example, I play Monopoly (the board game) with 2 groups, my family and my girlfriends family. Both groups have different house rules which are not in the rulebook and change the game. E.g. No auctions, £400 instead of £200 for landing on Go, different rules for rent while in jail, etc. As far as I know rule 0 isn't stated in the Monopoly rulebook either. As of yet the Monopoly people haven't been around to either house to tell us off!
This is not uncommon and I don't get why people wouldn't do this in a casual setting. There is nothing stopping you.
Never argue with Idiots. They drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.