Red Star was originally a giant industrial enterprise derived from the giant
Norilsk Nickel Mining Enterprises found in the Urals, a massive but
mismanaged company on the verge of bankruptcy. Saved by the power of the
Russian government and the huge Gazprom monopoly, Norilsk was later
merged with several other machinery and automobile corporations to form
a 'national champion' for the new Russian Theocracy in 2019. After the war
Red Star became increasingly powerful in the administration and managed to
squeeze favourable tariff rates for its products, allowing it to exploit
'labour prisoners' from Central Asia to manufacture a wide variety of
medium-quality goods. Its technocratic management structure is good at
organizing millions of workers and plants, but poor at research and design.
These flaws have made Red Star dependent on extravagant 'designer guys'
and Western think tanks, which has bred a paranoia in the upper echelons
that Red Star will become a dinosaur again. Such paranoia, and Red Star's
clumsy bureaucrats, have made its attempts at power-politics very heavy-handed.