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How do goods and services trade hands in the Star Trek universe with no monetary system to regulate value? [duplicate]

I'm still unclear how Federation 'credits' work and who decides or assigns who gets how much. Does everyone get the same number of credits assigned to them or are credits assigned based upon position ...
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Starfleet Salary [duplicate]

I know the Federation did away with currency, and for the most part a Starfleet Officer would never need currency because what would they do with it on a Starship? Shore leave would most often occur ...
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Communism in Star Trek [duplicate]

In the universe of Star Trek, there's said to be no use of money in the Federation (at least, not in Starfleet). They talk a lot about it in TNG; I don't want to get side-trekked into debating the ...
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How to reconcile the cashless human/Federation society with human traders and merchants

From a variety of sources, including this great question, we know that the Federation (or at least the humans) don't use money. This raises the problem that humans frequently visit worlds where there ...
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Don't replicators make the Ferengi rather pointless?

Ferengis are all about acquisition and making a profit. But, in the age of replicators, where everything you want can be produced instantly, what would be the point of their lifestyle?
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Why was Enterprise on a five-year mission in TOS?

There is a small difference between intro texts in TOS: Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek ...
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Why do people ever leave holodecks?

Given that you can have anything you want generated in a holodeck, why would anyone ever leave? That is, apart from the need to eat, drink and use the little Starfleet room, you wouldn't have any need ...
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What happens to humans that choose not to work, or to join Starfleet?

In a question related to the cashless society of Earth. I have been wondering, what happens to people that choose not to work, or to join Starfleet? Are they considered enemies of the state and ...
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What is economics like for ordinary people in the Star Trek universe?

I realize that this is a very broad question, with the stories told in the Star Trek universe spanning hundreds of years. I sometimes hear of economists talking about a theoretical "Star Trek economy"...
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How Can Replicators Work Without Mass/Energy Conversion?

Part of what got me thinking about this was this question about whether Federation transporters use matter or energy and my answer. My answer is taken from the Star Trek: The Next Generation Writers' ...
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Is low-skill labor obsolete in the 24th century?

Replicators are pretty widely used by the time of Star Trek TNG, and with their ability to produce pretty much anything short of living tissue, it seems that it would be useless to build anything with ...