Ferengi Alliance

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  • Full name: Ferengi Alliance
  • Center of government: Tower of Commerce, Ferenginar
  • Currency: Gold-pressed latinum (Various)
    • 100 slips <> 1 strip (DS9: "Body Parts")
    • 20 strips <> 1 bar (DS9: "Body Parts")
    • Issued in wraps indicating provenance (SCE Short Story: "Caveat Emptor")
  • Core territory consists of the Ferengal system
  • Extremely capitalistic society dominating trade in the vicinity of their space

Bordering territories


  • By 4th century: Established (SCE Short Story: "Caveat Emptor")
    • 24th century is "millennia" after Grand Nagus Gint per text
  • After 1947, by 2150: Becomes warp-capable upon purchase of warp drive from the Breen (ENT: "Acquisition"; DS9: "Little Green Men")
  • Early 2350s: Early rumors of the Federation through intermediaries lead Grand Nagus Zek to withdraw from active, physical trade, begin seeding rumors of their aggressiveness directly and through trade partners, and begin a military build-up in order to approach eventual first contact from a position of strength (TNG Novel: The Buried Age)
  • Late 2350s: The Great Monetary Collapse hits the Alliance (DS9: "Homefront")
    • A major financial disaster, in which sudden rampant inflation led to currency devaluation to stave off economic ruin (DS9: "Homefront")
  • May 2364: Official first contact with the Federation (TNG: "The Last Outpost")
    • Actual first contact occurred in May 2355 within the Maxia Zeta system
      • Ferengi vessel FMS Seventy-Fifth Rule attacked the USS Stargazer to prevent disruption of Zek's plan, and was destroyed before its identity could be determined (TNG Novel: The Buried Age; TNG: "The Battle")
  • By 2372: Numerous trade agreements established between Federation and Ferengi Alliance (DS9 Novel: The 34th Rule)
  • By 2380: National taxation passed through efforts of Grand Nagus Nog (TNG Novel: Q & A)

Political Structure

  • Head of State: Grand Nagus
    • Simultaneously the chief executive of the corporate government of the Alliance and the religious leader of the Ferengi
      • Determines financial direction of the Alliance
        • Aided in this by the First Clerk, the official Nagal financial advisor (DS9: "Ferengi Love Songs")
      • Responsible for ensuring the Alliance operates profitably
    • Serves at the discretion of the Board of Liquidators (DS9: "Profit and Lace")
      • The Nagus selects a successor without requiring Board approval, but the Board may remove a Nagus who is not fulfilling their duties to the Alliance (DS9: "Ferengi Love Songs", "The Dogs of War")
    • Considered an arbiter of proper professional behavior
      • Only figure with the religious authority to modify the Rules of Acquisition (DS9: "Prophet Motive", "Body Parts")
      • May propose amendments or alterations to the Trade By-laws (DS9: "Profit and Lace")
  • Ferengi legal enforcement directed by the Board of Liquidators via Ferengi Commerce Association
    • The Board also governs the Ferengi Commerce Authority (DS9: "Profit and Lace")
      • Agency charged with ensuring that business owners in Ferengi society abide by the Rules of Acquisition and operate according to the Trade By-laws (DS9: "Family Business", "Bar Association", "Body Parts", "Ferengi Love Songs", "Profit and Lace"; DS9 Novel: The 34th Rule)
      • Enforcement handled by Liquidators
        • Field agents given great discretion to ensure compliance, up to and including revocation of license to trade with Ferengi or Ferengi-associated businesses (DS9: "Body Parts"; VOY: "Infinite Regress")
        • Often susceptible to bribes, which are considered normal operating behavior
      • Decisions made by the FCA may be overridden by the Grand Nagus (DS9: "Ferengi Love Songs")
      • Agency divided into various devoted commissions specializing in governance of particular industries
        • Ferengi Gaming Commission (DS9: "Ferengi Love Songs")
          • Governs all gambling or gaming establishments (DS9: "Ferengi Love Songs")
        • Ferengi Health Commission (VOY: "Infinite Regress")
          • Governs health and safety regulations in Ferengi business (VOY: "Infinite Regress")
  • See also