The truth is like if we think Devs are gods. And as Gods, the Devs know and can do everything they want in the game.
1) if they want to give medals back but they can't, they are weak, stupid, incompent;
2) if they can give medals back, but they don't want, they are just a bunch of cruel selfish bastards;
Devs know everything about every player in this game. As Spock said, is all in their data base, like a backup, and as Charlie said, they already gave medals back in the past. But since they aren't giving a damn about anything related to SWC as it is going to Zynga, I chose the number 2).
A Windows survivor training players and helping squads through the Galaxy!
Imperial Prestige in "BombSquad18" (training squad)
Rebel Prestige in "Solo's_Band" (war squad) / Rebel HQ 8 in "Ewok_revenge" (training squad)