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  • by mfearby (1653) on Sunday December 29, 2013 @06:37PM (#45814001) Homepage

    I thought "gold pressed latinum" was the preferred currency of moneyed-types in the alpha quadrant? I couldn't imagine Quark dealing in any other kind, certainly not the ordinary non-gold pressed variety.

  • Latinum of course (Score:5, Interesting)

    by msobkow (48369) on Sunday December 29, 2013 @06:43PM (#45814065) Homepage Journal

    Primarily because it comes from a universe where there is a relatively high living standard for Earth humans. Pretty much every other "future" envisioned that I've ever read was rather bleak and depressing compared to Star Trek's.

    I rather like the idea of a world where all your needs are taken care of automatically, and all you have to work for are perks and extras.

    Then again, I live in such a world today -- I'm on disability. My needs are taken care of without working, but I have the option of earning up to $200 a month without penalty for perks and spending money. Maybe Star Trek isn't so much fantasy after all, at least in Canada.

  • by sanosuke001 (640243) on Monday December 30, 2013 @11:30AM (#45818583)
    Yes, the latinum is so precious that each bar has a very small amount mixed with the gold; without the gold pure latinum would either be excessively expensive for a bar that could be handled or so small that handling it for transactions would be impractical.
  • by operagost (62405) on Monday December 30, 2013 @03:40PM (#45821099) Homepage Journal

    Latinum cannot be replicated; gold can, which is why it has little value.

    I'm still trying to figure our how Terrans buy their lattes with no money. They had a DS9 episode that required Jake to collaborate with Nog on a multi-transaction scheme because Jake, as a Terran, had no money-- although he clearly needed money.

    I don't think this silly "moneyless Federation" legacy that Roddenberry left us indicates he was a Marxist or something. Even Communist governments use money because there's simply no practical way to keep track of resources otherwise. It was just some crazy dream he had that got a life of its own.

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