How Starfleet more than likely paid for his drinks at Quark’s bar.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine introduced fans to another side of how the Federation works. In a near-utopian future, money no longer exists for the United Federation of Planets, but that doesn’t mean other cultures no longer use some form of currency. Enter Deep Space Nine, a space station known for its multicultural port. One of the resort’s greatest strengths was the Ferengi, a race known for their keen sense of money management. As their society is built on the ideas and proponents of acquisition, they were far from ideal Starfleet recruits. Although not all Ferengi are the same, Nog was a member of Starfleet and his father Rom worked as a DS9 engineer. Rom’s brother, Quark, never adopted the ways of the Federation. He was never really an enemy, but he didn’t give the Federation a pass either.
During the events of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Quark made sure everyone, Bajoran, Federation, or Cardassian, paid their bill. For some, it was not very difficult to do. For Federation officers, it was a different story.
After all, Quark was in the business of acquisitions, including gold-pressed latinum. So when people from Starfleet and the Federation came to drink, eat and use the holosuites, what exactly did they do for the money? Quark wasn’t known for his charity after all.
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Quark made Starfleet pay for their fun on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Quark didn’t give gifts very often, so Starfleet absolutely paid for all their wants and needs at Quark’s bar on Deep Space Nine. Since the Federation didn’t use money internally, how did those overseas get what they needed?
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Well, according to economist and Star Trek fan Manu Saadia, Starfleet actually used money. Saadia, the writer of Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek (click to buy) claims that the Federation sold goods to obtain latnium and any other form of currency or resource needed to aid those in foreign territory.
As he goes into more detail in his book, Saadia writes that the Federation would more than likely operate like the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 70s, using the global market to sell its own resources, then turn around and buy what what she needed. other sellers.
This is actually seen in Voyager, where Captain Kathryn Janeway often bartered with other species and governments throughout the Delta Quadrant, in an effort to get what she needed. This system of barter and trade would apparently extend into the heart of Federation operations and, according to Saadia, Starfleet would then distribute an allowance to its offers when they were in regions where some sort of currency was needed.