The Federation gave up all forms of money it said in one episode. How do they get gold pressed latinum to pay for anything? ?

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  • 1 month ago

    Gold-Pressed Latinum is more useful for interstellar trade, as it holds value across the entire galaxy. Only the Federation itself is a post-monetary economy.

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  • Huh?
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    1 month ago

    They'd either make their own or acquire it by trade.  They no longer use money internally but could still trade in commodities with other cultures.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The replicator? I don't think they have money any more. What would be the point when they can manufacturer everything from atoms?

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  • 1 month ago

    They also say it in Star Trek 4: Voyage Home (the one with the whales where the time travel to the 20th century).  

    Roddenberry always wanted the Federation to be a utopian vision of the future.  But he (probably smartly) avoided explicitly spelling out what that meant.  He didn't deal with the question of HOW the Federation was so utopian.  

    However, Star Trek has had ALOT of writers, and Roddenberry's level of control fluctuated over the years.  A few writers with an anti-capitalist bent have tried to push Star Trek in their direction.  The Ferengi were meant to be an attack on capitalists.  These various comments about no money are the same.

    Yet there are many other episodes and moments where people talk about things in ways that sound like money is still a thing.  Not explicitly perhaps, and I don't have the total recall to cite them, but there are some.  Again, this simply reflects the many different writers, some of whom had a political agenda, some of whom did not.

    The point is that the question of money and economics in Star Trek is deliberately vague and open to interpretation.

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  • 1 month ago

    They don't.

    Gold-pressed latinum is Ferengi (among others) currency.

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    • skeptik
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      1 month agoReport

      The point of Quark's bar is that the drinks he served weren't "synthahol," but the real thing.  Which Federation replicators couldn't produce.
      As far as "no pay," if the Federation stationed personnel in locations where currency would be needed, they issued "credits."  Which Quark accepted.

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