In fact the "Scimtar" redesign is very reminiscent of this guy,
proving that there are certain designs the human mind is inexorably drawn to - after all, there are limited ways to strap two engines, some guns and a cockpit together, and so far humans have tried most of them.
Of course, the whole "aerodynamic" look on a starfighter is pointless in any case (unless it is design for atmospheric combat as well), but you really can't deny that, like other successful sci-fi franchises, the technology in Crimson Dark is primarily fueled by the "Rule of Cool"
as opposed to scientific rigour, and thus indicative of the softer, fluffier end of the Mohs Scale of Sci-fi Hardness
... Not that there's anything wrong with that.
The Cirin Alliance is clearly a stab at pretty much textbook socialism, but we are not told wherever the economy is centrally planned or market regulated and that is a BIG
difference. For the former (and pretty much failed) model, the Ur-example would be the Soviet Union. For the latter (and surprisingly viable) system, one has but to look at China... Sure, even China, with her rather... hem... somewhat draconic
anti corruption laws
is pretty much wracked with the afore mentioned phenomenon, but that is, after all, simply a staple of standard human behaviour. No one can resist a free lunch and if we're talking free cash instead, well...