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Ferengiji


Ferengiji su humanoidna vrsta koja živi u Alfa kvadrantu. Prvi kontakt sa Federacijom koji se priznaje kao služben dogodio se 2364 kod Delphi Ardu sa USS Entepriseom-D.


FIZIOLOGIJA
Ferengiji narastu najviše do 165 cm te imaju velike i osjetljive uši, ali pomoću njih mogu čuti i najtiši šapat. Ferengiji su fizički jedna od osjetljivijih vrsta u poznatom svemiru.

DRUŠTVO
Trenutno ferengijsko kulturno uređenje potiče od prije deset hiljada godina kada je Gint postao prvi vođa naroda i uspostavio titulu Veliki Nagus. Napisao je 295 "Pravila stjecanja" koja su postali ferengijski "kodovi "časti" po kojima se svaki muški pripadnik Ferengija mora ponašati. Pravila stjecanja govore kako se treba voditi posao i jednim dijelom etiku poslovanja i ta pravila svaki muški pripadnik naroda mora naučiti u ranoj dobi.

Bez obzira što su sposobni izgraditi moćne ratne brodove, Ferengiji nisu značajna sila u Alpha kvadrantu i rijetko su uvučeni u oružane okršaje jer je njihovo društvo okrenuto trgovini a ne ratovanju. Ipak znaju upasti u probleme kada prodaju oružje dvjema stranama u ratu. Iako nisu pobornici oružanih sukoba bilo je nekoliko odvojenih sukoba između ferengijskih i federacijskih brodova i to većinom kada su Ferengiji nešto ukrali ili su to pokušali učiniti. Jedan od značajnih događaja bio je kada su Ferengiji uništili USS Stargazer 2355. Otvoreni kontakt se dogodio 2364. kod Delphi Ardu kada je USS Enteprise-D naišao na ferengijski brod, D'Tora klase, koji je sa Federacijske postaje ukrao sustav za napajanje. Nakon tog događaja veze između Federacije i Ferengija su dobre osim par odvojenih pokušaja pljačke federacijskih brodova. Trgovina između Federacije i Ferengija je mala zbog načina na koji Ferengiji trguju jer jedva čekaju prvu priliku da prevare svoje neoprezne partnere.

Ferengiji su bili neutralni za vrijeme Dominijskog rata.


Ferengijska pravila stjecanja:

1) Once you have their money, never give it back.
2) You can't cheat an honest customer, but it never hurts to try.
3) Never buy anything for more than is absolutely necessary.
4) Sex and profit are the two things that never last long enough.
5) If you can't break a contract, bend it.
6) Never let family stand in the way of opportunity.
7) Always keep your ears open.
8) Keep count of your change.
9) Instinct plus opportunity equals profit.
10) A dead customer can't buy as much as a live one.
11) Latinum isn't the only thing that shines.
12) Anything worth selling is worth selling twice.
13) Anything worth doing is worth doing for money.
14) Anything stolen is pure profit.
15) Acting stupid is often smart.
16) A deal is a deal.
17) A bargain usually isn't.
18) Beware of relatives bearing gifts.
19) Don't lie too soon after a promotion.
20) When the customer is sweating, turn up the heat.
21) Never place friendship before profit.
22) Wise men can hear profit in the wind.
23) Never take the last coin, but be sure to get all the rest.
24) Never ask when you can take.
25) Fear makes a good business partner.
26) The vast majority of the rich in this galaxy did not inherit their wealth; they stole it.
27) The most beautiful thing about a tree is what you do with it after you cut it down.
28) Morality is always defined by those in power.
29) When someone says "It's not the money," they're lying.
30) Talk is cheap; synthehol costs money.
31) Never make fun of a Ferengi's mother.
32) Be careful what you sell. It may do exactly what the customer expects.
33) It never hurts to suck up to the boss.
34) Compassion is no substitute for profit.
35) You could afford your ship without your government--if it weren't for your government.
36) Too many Ferengi can't laugh at themselves anymore.
37) You can always buy back a lost reputation.
38) Free advertising is cheap.
39) Praise is cheap. Heap it generously on all customers.
40) If you see profit on a journey, take it.
41) Money talks, but having lots of it gets more attention.
42) Only negotiate when you are certain to profit.
43) Caressing an ear is often more forceful than pointing a weapon.
44) Never argue with a loaded phaser.
45) Profit has limits. Loss has none.
46) Labor camps are full of people who trusted the wrong person.
47) Never trust a man wearing a better suit than your own.
48) The bigger the smile, the sharper the knife.
49) Old age and greed will always overcome youth and talent.
50) Never bluff a Klingon.
51) Never admit a mistake if there is someone else to blame.
52) Only Bugsy could have built Los Vegas.
53) Sell first; ask questions later.
54) Never buy anything you can't sell.
55) Always sell at the highest possible profit.
56) Pursue profit; women come later.
57) Good customers are as rare as latinum--treasure them.
58) Friendship is seldom cheap.
59) Free advice is seldom cheap.
60) Never use credit where your words will do.
61) Never buy what can be stolen.
62) The riskier the road, the higher the profit.
63) Power without profit is like a ship without an engine.
64) Don't talk shop; talk shopping.
65) Don't talk ship; talk shipping.
66) Anyone serving in a fleet who is crazy can be relieved, if they ask for it.
67) Anyone asking to be relieved is not crazy and must be forced to serve.
68) A piece of latinum in the hand is worth two in a customer's pocket.
69) Profit is the better part of valor.
70) Get the money first, then let the buyers worry about collecting the merchandise.
71) Go where no Ferengi has gone before; where there is no reputation there is profit.
72) Revenge is profitless.
73) A contract without fine print is a fool's document.
74) A warranty without loop-holes is a liability.
75) Aliens have no sense of profit.
76) Every once in a while, declare peace. It confuses the hell out of your enemies.
77) There is a customer born every minute.
78) Cheat long and prosper.
79) He that speaks ill of the wares will buy them.
80) Genius without opportunity is like latinum in the mine.
81) A pair of good ears will wring dry a hundred tongues.
82) The family of Fools is ancient.
83) There's many witty men whose brains can't line their pockets.
84) An empty bag cannot stand upright.
85) Wish not so much to live long, as to live well.
86) Drive your business or it will drive you.
87) Death takes no bribes.
88) If you would keep a secret from an enemy, don't tell it to a friend.
89) Beware of small expenses: a small leak will kill a ship.
90) He's a fool who makes his doctor his heir.
91) He who drinks fast pays slow.
92) Mine is better than ours.
93) When the boss comes to dinner, it never hurts to have the wife wear something.
101) Never do something you can make someone do for you.
102) Nature decays, but latinum lasts forever.
103) Sleep can interfere with opportunity.
104) Money is never made. It is merely won or lost. 109) Dignity and an empty sack is worth the sack.
111) Treat people in your debt like family... Exploit them.
116) Never sleep with the boss' wife, unless you pay him first.
117) Never sleep with the boss' sister.
119) Buy, sell, or get out of the way.
123) A friend is only a friend until you sell him something. Then he is a customer.
138) Law makes everyone equal, but justice goes to the highest bidder.
139) Wives serve; brothers inherit.
148) Opportunity waits for no one.
164) Never spend your own money when you can spend someone else's.
172) If you can sell it, don't hesitate to steal it.
180) Never offer a confession when a bribe will do.
188) Never bet on a race you haven't fixed.
189) Borrow on a handshake; lend in writing.
194) It's always good business to know about new customers before they walk in your door.
202) A friend in need is a customer in the making.
208) Sell someone a fish, you feed him for one day. Teach him to fish, and you lose a steady customer.
214) Never begin a business transaction on an empty stomach.
215) Instinct without opportunity is useless.
221) Beware of any man who thinks with his lobes.
222) Knowledge is latinum.
250) Never let a female in clothes cloud your sense of profit.
251) A smart customer is not a good customer.
252) Let the buyer beware.
253) Synthehol is the lubricant of choice for a customer's stuck purse.
281) Blood is thicker than water, but harder to sell.
282) Business is like war; it's important to recognize the winner.
283) Rules are always subject to change.
284) Rules are always subject to interpretation.
285) No good deed ever goes unpunished.


FERENGIJSKI SAVEZ


Riječ je o službenom nazivu ferengijske države, čiji se glavni grad nalazi na ferengijskom matičnom planetu Ferenginaru. Osnovni cilj ferengijske vlade jest unapređivanje trgovine i maksimalizacija profita. Na čelu vlade i države nalazi se Veliki Nagus, čije se sjedište nalazi u Tornju trgovine, s adresom na Trgu Svete Burze na Ferenginaru. Osnovu Nagusove moći čine Pravila Stjecanja i Ferengijska deklaracija o poslovnim prilikama.

Iako Ferengiji načelno propagiraju laissez-faire model tržišnog gospodarstva, u praksi ipak postoji veći broj regulativnih mehanizama. Naime, djeluje niz vladinih agencija koje nadziru poslovanje svakog pripadnika Saveza,a posebice valja izdvojiti Ferengijsku Trgovinsku Agenciju (FTA). Međutim, navedene agencije imaju i neke druge, tipično ferengijske uloge. Tako FTA, osim uloge nadzora poslodavaca, ima zadatke otvaranja novih poslovnih prilika, poticanja gramzivosti, mita i korupcije kako bi se došlo do krajnjeg cilja svakog istinskog Ferengija - maksimalizacije profita.

FTA provjerava kako poslodavci slijede ferengijske običaje i pravila, posebice u pogledu izrabljivanja radnika, maksimalizacije profita i, općenito, podlosti u poslovnim odnosima. Agenti FTA nazivaju se likvidatori, a osnovni organ FTA zove se Odbor likvidatora. Uredi FTA smješteni su na četrdesetom katu Tornja trgovine.

I dok FTA ima zadatak kontrolirati ekonomske transakcije između samih Ferengija, Ferengijska Trgovinska Misija usmjerena je ka sklapanju međudržavnih trgovinskih sporazuma. Ferengijska Zdravstvena Komisija brine se oko poštivanja zdravstvenih standarda u poslovanju i javnom životu. Osim toga, navedena agencija u mogućnosti je ukidati trgovinske dozvole ukoliko se pokaže da pojedini Ferengi nije zdravstveno sposoban za obavljanje poslovnih aktivnosti. Ferengijska Kockarska Komisija ima zadatak nadzora svih kockarskih pothvata na području Saveza.

Napredovanje u državnoj službi zasniva se na mitu i ulizivanju. Ferengi koji želi doći na višu poziciju u nekoj od vladinih agencija, mora zaraditi veliki profit, i to ne samo za sebe, nego i za svoje nadređene. Štoviše, samo druženje s nadređenima zahtijeva mito.

Ferengijski Savez provodi politiku neutralnosti u međunarodnim političkim odnosima. Naime, Savez poazi od pretpostavke kako stvaranje neprijatelja umanjuje poslovne prilike, a time i maksimalizaciju profita. Međutim, neki Ferengiji, slijedeći poduzetnički duh, ne slijede navedenu politiku. Tako su tijekom 2360-ih godina neki ferengijski bordovi samoinicijativno ulazili u sukobe s brodovima Zvjezdane Flote. Ferengijski Savez ostao je formalno neutralan tijekom Dominijskog rata. No, valja napomenuti kako su Ferengiji priželjkivali pobjedu saveznika, vjerujući kako će time maskimalizirati profit.

Ferengijski Savez posjeduje oružane snage, čija je flota sastavljena uglavnom od D'kora klase brodova. Međutim, osnovni zadatak ferengijske vojske nije vođenje rata, nego zaštita poslovnih pothvata ferengijskih poduzetnika. Kapetan ferengijskog broda naziva se daiMon. Svaki daiMon ovlašten je upustiti se u trgovinske pregovore u ime Saveza.