Yes, it is, and it's a bit more proof that the Federation can be hypocritical.
The Federation claims to be open, free, and all accepting, and as proof they do seem to be all these things. But some times, some people can be outright hostile, bigoted, and prejudiced.
The example you provide is, like you said, THE definition of prejudice; "An adverse ...
Nahsk isn't the brightest star in the sky. The original screenplay describes him thusly
Nahsk is the "muscle" of this duo, and a bit slower than his brother.
and offers the following stage direction when he makes his error
HAIN: A thousand bricks, split five ways... what do you think?
KRIT: It's still a lot of latinum.
NAHSK: (nods) Two ...
Rule of acquisition #125:
You can't make a deal if you're dead.
Surely, no self-respecting Ferengi would break rule #3, but note the wording: "Never spend more than you have to". Certainly, you have to spend enough on your spaceship to stay alive and avoid getting stranded 25 light years from the next outpost.
Ferengi selling starships to other Ferengi ...
Falling in love and marrying was not considered typical for a Ferengi
From Memory Alpha:
Marriage, like everything else in Ferengi culture, was a business contract, signed between the prospective groom and the bride's father, in which the father leased his daughter to the groom for a set period (usually five years) for an agreed fee, paid on the birth of ...
Replicators still require raw matter and energy to function, both of which can be charged for. Also, not everything can be replicated (latinum) and other items would be too big to replicate in your standard replicator system (such as a starship).
In other cases people may just prefer the "real" thing to something replicated. Food for instance; someone may ...
It's a common misconception that the Ferengi revere those who swindle others to maximize profits. The truth is, at once, simpler and more complex: the Ferengi only really care about maximizing profits, and don't much care how it's done. A Ferengi who corners a market full of lemons by producing significantly more reliable parts at competitive prices is just ...
The original script describes them thusly;
There are no windows, but there are a few doors leading to other parts
of the building. The doors are low and tunnel-like and even Ferengi
have to stoop to get through them. Rain from Ferenginar's relentless
downpour can be heard beating against the roof.
Quark and Rom ENTER, followed by Brunt. Each ...
OOC: Starting with Quark and the launch of DS9 Ferengi characters started showing up sans headdress in both DS9 and TNG. Other than the noted exceptions of Rom and Nog, it seems only speaking Ferengi do not wear headdresses. This is probably to cover up prosthesis seams easier than making a full upper torso piece.
As with many canon uniform/...
Yes. The Ferengi are frequently discriminated against.
Dr. Reyga was a young Ferengi Scientist. A fair bit of the plot of the TNG Episode "Suspicions" deals with the trouble he's had being taken seriously. He refers to the scientific community beyond just the Federation. The delegation brought to see his discovery include a Klingon, and a Takaran (...
Before the Ferengi encountered the Federation, they were already an empire whose primary interaction with other alien civilizations was the establishment and continuation of profitable trade. This culture of trade is embodied within their Rules of Acquisition, which are a series of cultural mores built around what the Ferengi consider policies of successful, ...
I found no mention of any comments about Nog's size in relation to other Ferengi. So I have no canon quote to explain his height.
For explanation as to why there is no mention of it, I looked into his height relative to other Ferengi. In absolute terms, 5' would make Nog the second-shortest known Ferengi, taller only than Kol. Ferengi average ~5' 4 1/4" ...
This is deliberate mistake on the part of the writers to flesh out the character of Nahsk.
Later on the writers use the fact that Nahsk is slow to make an argument happen between Nahsk and his brother.
Quote from Memory Alpha:
Krit says Hain is outgunned, as his brother may be "slow," but he'll get Hain in the end.
This leads to the breakdown and the ...
Nog's prejudice against "dirt" as a suitable investment would seem to be quite a normal response from someone who has spent the majority of their formative years living in space. Note that none of his close relatives seem to have any major ambitions to own holdings of land. Quark's long-term goal is to buy a ship of his own (although he does dream of one ...
The episode in which they are referred to as Species 180 is Voyager's "Infinite Regress".
The script and production notes for the episode do not offer any reason for the low number. It seems that the novels and comics are not helpful here either.
Speculating, I imagine that since the Ferengi have an indomitable entrepreneurial spirit, some could have ...
No, they are not the most powerful. They are often shown to be weak, backward and corrupt.
Most civilizations in the Star Trek universe are post capitalist.
Gene Roddenberry felt:
that by the 24th century, humanity had transcended petty conflict, and transcended of arguments in the same way that it had gone beyond poverty and disease and wars,"
In short, there was so little information left from that encounter that the Enterprise crew didn't know the name of the aliens or anything significant about them. All that would be in any database would be "unknown alien species" (or something close to that) and what few facts they had about them.
In the 24th century, the Ferengi weren't entirely unknown. ...
No explanation is offered, but it doesn't seem to be that unusual for Ferengi.
There's no direct in-universe explanation of Nog's short stature, but short statures do not seem to be uncommon amongst fully-grown Ferengi.
For instance, Quark is 5'5" / 1.66 m (going by actor Armin Shimerman's height), making Quark shorter than most of DS9 's main ...
Okay, I believe I found confirmation that the Ferengi pronunciation of "human" is meant as an insult, not a side-effect of their physiology.
In DS9 4x08, Little Green Men, Quark pronounces "human" normally about halfway through the episode. Listen here:
This clip occurs while their Universal Translators are damaged, so we'...
The NX-01 required a crew of nearly a 100 to operate and maintain on a day to day basis. A crew of 4 Ferengi probably would not be able to operate and maintain a ship that large long enough to get it to a destination where they could sell it. Add to that they would have to deal with the crew on a long term basis, unless they were to eliminate them ...
It was essentially with the episode you mention, The Last Outpost. I heard David Gerrold talk at a convention toward the end of or after the end of the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He said they wanted a small, compact, bobcat like creature - one that could tear you to pieces.
They were disappointed because what they got on screen was ...
The Ferengi fill a valuable position in the Alpha Quadrant, trading useful resources and technology back and forth between various powers, even those that may be at war with one another. The original attempt to establish them as villains in TNG failed miserably, and they were ret-conned into an almost comical species of greedy traders.
A similar position ...
To add on to previous answers, Quark wasn't above wearing a headdress when it suited his purpose, such as in this scene from DS9 5x03 Looking for Par'Mach in All the Wrong Places, where he's wearing one (at least in part) to conceal a device that Worf is using to help Quark win a bat'leth duel.
Star Trek takes place in the Milky Way, with intergalactic travel deemed impossible.
Federation: Merchant Marines
The Ferengi, for the most part, have no state fleet. The Federation would not go to war over the actions of a merchant fleet. They can't - they have a problem with private enterprise, not the state.
Quark's nephew Nog joined the Starfleet in clear defiance of stereotypical Ferengi values. In fact, his character throughout the series is rather counter to what one may usually expect of a Ferengi.
Conversation from Deep Space Nine: Heart of Stone
Nog: I want to join Starfleet. I want it more than anything I've ever wanted in my life!
I think it was just the episode, and/or actor -- there's nothing in Memory Alpha about it, and if you look at this clip, you see the Ferengi blink several seconds after the camera focuses on him. (At 7 seconds.) This clip has Nog blink at 1:11.
I'm sure there more, but I'm not up to the eyestrain of finding them :)
The DS9 episode Profit and Loss basically features Quark making one bad business decision after another as he tries to rekindle his relationship with Natima, a Cardassian who was stationed on DS9 during the Occupation.
We learn that Quark sold food and medical supplies to the dying Bajorans on the station. In DS9: Body Parts we learn that he sold it at ...
The Rules of Acquisition
The following is from a book by Ira Steven Behr (ISBN 0-671-52936-6), with slight modification for academic and pedagogical purposes. A screenshot of the first twenty seven appears below.
The Ferengi are a fictional race of people that base their entire culture around commerce and profit. They have 285 Rules of Acquisition, of ...
In addition to the root beer crate transaction of 10 strips.
Memory Alpha also offers this comparative chart
The following provides comparison on the value of latinum for specific items. Further details of each item may be seen above.
Cadet's uniform - five strips
Dress from Garak's Clothiers - seventeen to twenty strips
There's a simpler reason, as well: The NX-01 is an alien ship, with unfamiliar controls, from a species they've never seen before. Universal Translators work well for spoken language, but not so much the written language - especially the Ferengi ones, which are implanted in their ear.
To use a parallel, how long do you think it would take you to figure ...
The official StarTrek.com page on the Ferengi explicitly states that Ferengi blood is yellow and that the oxidisation/dessication of that blood causes it to turn green:
Ferengi blood is yellow, turning dark blue-green when oxidized. Bodies are not
autopsied or even touched until after death rituals — which have been
seen to be the desiccation and sale ...