Played as Spice Job as Imperial tonight. Am doing Core + Twin Shadows. Chose Inspiring Leadership class and bought "Press On" class card following "Aftermath". It lets you restore one damage to all figures in any one "Imperial Group" at the end of a round. I took it at face value - I can use it on Imperial deployment cards, but not Scum.
But then the Mission text refers to a mission token being in possession of an "Imperial figure". One yellow and two red neutral mission tokens are randomized to be placed under a Probe Droid and the two figures comprising an Elite Transdoshan Hunter group.
So that got me wondering - could I have used Press On to heal Scum? Could find no other thread here or at FFG on this nor FAQ entry.
Yep, as the rules quote above says, figures with the Mercenary affiliation are considered to be Imperial figures during the campaign. Their affiliation is still Mercenary, but that term has a special meaning.