Yes, DST has to pay an annual guaranty. Most manufacturers make sure they sell enough product to at least cover that but what Trek product did DST solicit in 2020? Anything?
I know that the reunification of CBS and Paramount shook things up a bit but that dust settled a while ago. As far as the starships go, could they really have that difficult a time finding someone to replace the freelancer who passed away? Could it be they were using proprietary software that another designer can't or won't use?
Transparency has never been DST's strong suit and it's led to an erosion of consumer confidence.