I stumbled upon this lightweight Python library which is supposed to emulate networks. It actually uses the Linux Kernel's namespace, what Docker, and LXC use to virtualize the network devices. I am planning on looking into this library as a possible solution to the rather weak networking which currently exists in Hacker's Edge. If this ends up working, and appears to utilize standard network sockets, it might be very useful to simulate the network of Hacker's Edge. Below is a link to the project's GitHub page, if you are curious on this project.
I am also posting this as a reminder to my future self, as this could very well be the most valuable asset Hacker's Edge could use. It may seen strange to leverage a real network stack for what is supposed to be a game, but if it can add to the realism and overall feel and polish, then I am behind it.