Quark's bar takes payment in Latinum; and perhaps, as discussed in this question - in Federation "credits" (backed by something - not clear what). Now, in another discussion e.g. in this answer, the mechanism of distributing Latinum or credit is supposedly not interesting.

Except - it's very interesting. Let's By what mechanism does a Federation subject, or military personnel ("Starfleet"), get either credits or Latinum? Is there a wage? An allowance? Savings?

Or - maybe they don't get them at all? i.e. maybe Quark logs orders then bills the Starfleet directly? I don't remember DS9 scenes with Starfleet personnel paying or settling their tab.

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    Come to Quark's, Quark's is fun! Come to Quark's, Don't walk, Run! – Valorum May 10 '20 at 18:24
  • Money doesn't exist in that time (mentioned in FC when Picard was telling Lilly about what life is like in the 24th century) – SpacePhoenix May 11 '20 at 9:12
  • @SpacePhoenix: Tell that to Quark when he asks for your payment. – einpoklum May 11 '20 at 11:04
  • @einpoklum Ireckon that Odo has plenty of stuff that he's holding over Quark – SpacePhoenix May 11 '20 at 18:59