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Replicators are ubiquitous on Earth, not just in Starfleet facilities and on ships. Miles O'Brien's mother didn't like them. This fascinates Keiko, who was born and raised in Japan. O'BRIEN: Oh, you'll love it, I promise. I can still remember the aromas when my mother was cooking. KEIKO: She cooked? O'BRIEN: She didn't believe in a replicator. ...


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Yes. In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Call to Arms", Sisko mines the entrance to the Bajoran wormhole using self-replicating cloaking mines. Each mine contains a replicator capable of producing another mine, that also contains a replicator.


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An answer might come from a broader realization that the computer rarely stumbles over anything but a lack of information. For example, Scotty somewhat infamously asks the Holodeck to produce an image of the bridge of his old Enterprise. The exchange is as follows: Computer: "Please enter program." Scotty: "The android at the bar said ya' could show ...


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According to this earlier answer, which quotes the TNG Technical Manual, replicators need raw materials. For instance, raw stock for food replicators is stored in the form of a sterilized organic particulate suspension that has been formulated to statistically require the least quantum manipulation to replicate most finished foodstuffs. Hence, there is ...


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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 ...


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The lack of ready supplies of energy is a constant feature of the first season of Voyager. Limiting the use of secondary systems like the replicators (and their rationing) was a good way of showing this to audiences. KIM: There's an ancient Chinese curse, Captain. May you live in interesting times. Mealtime is always interesting now that Neelix is in ...


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Replicators have certain limitations. They can't create: Antimatter Dilithium Latinum Living organism As for the living organisms, Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual states that: Though the replicators use a form of transporter technology, it's at such a low resolution that creating living tissue is a physical impossibility. As for the ...


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There are also a number of examples of the computer asking someone to specify a temperature for a beverage or provide some other specific piece of information. It may be that some exchange of this kind happened which caused Picard to develop his odd way of addressing the computer: PICARD: Computer, tea. COMPUTER: Please specify variety. There are ...


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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, ...


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There are a considerable number of examples of replicators producing something other than food, cutlery or crockery. In TNG: Data's Day, we visit the Replicator Center to see a child replicating a toy. In DS9: Civil Defence, we see the replicators generate an automated weapon. In TNG: Masks, we see the replicator generate a metal mask. In Ent: Dead Stop, ...


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This is right from Wikipedia - Replicator (Star Trek): A replicator can create any inanimate matter, as long as the desired molecular structure is on file, but it cannot create antimatter, dilithium, latinum, or a living organism of any kind; in the case of living organisms, non-canon works such as the Star Trek: the Next Generation Technical Manual state ...


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Sorry for the long answer, but I have a long quotation that's quite on target and I'm trying to include all the facts that I found that pertain to your question. I'm going to my source for this, one I've cited here before, the Star Trek: The Next Generation Writers' Technical Manual, Fourth Season Edition. This was sent to me directly, in a pitch package ...


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I always thought it was an affectation --- Picard ordering it in a precise, military manner --- rather than a limitation of the system.


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Obviously, if any Federation planet undergoes any sort of disaster, famines included, Starfleet would be ordered to render aid, such as by bringing food supplies and food replicators. Still, federation worlds can go through famine if there's a disruption in the Federation world's food supply while they're cut off from Federation aid. The disruption could be ...


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Yes. In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Ferengi Love Songs" FCA agent Brunt beams into Quark's closet on the Ferengi homeworld. On a chain attached to his collar, Brunt wears a bar of gold-pressed latinum. There is other, circumstantial evidence. It seems unlikely that ultra-capitalist Quark travels without any currency on him, yet he was beamed ...


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This sounds very like the Nancy Kress short story, Nano comes to Clifford Falls, first published in the July 2006 Asimov's and later printed in her story collection of the same name. It tells the story of Carol, her deadbeat husband Jack, and their three children as civilization collapses because nobody needs to work anymore. It has the people sharing time ...


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First, transports take 2-3 seconds to complete dematerialization, and a few more for materialization. We wouldn't see the crew fade in/out during the glowy parts otherwise. Second, there's this quote from Star Trek: Enterprise 1x04, Strange New World: Reed: "There's a problem, sir. There's contaminants in the matter stream. The phase discriminator ...


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Data's brain represents a sticking point in the replication process. It's spelled out explicitly in the EU novel, Immortal Coil. Note that it isn't the complexity of the brain that's the problem, but rather some sort of 'x factor' that stops a replicated brain from going kerflooey like Lal's brain did in TNG: The Offspring. “...Because he was family,” ...


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Aside from the Cardassians having replicators in Deep Space Nine, there are at least two other non-Federation races that have replicator technology. Romulans: In The Next Generation episode The Next Phase, Riker asks some Romulans where their replicators are. Although the Romulans reply that they are offline (or damaged) they do not say that they don't have ...


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Yes, absolutely you can. In the episode TNG: Samaritan Snare, the Pakled take Geordi's phaser from him and replicate several more. Quoting from the screenplay REGINOD: (re: the phaser) We can make more. Geordi reacts, realizing: GEORDI: You have a replicator? GREBNEDLOG: (with pride) It is not broken. GEORDI: I didn't come here to ...


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Assuming you're referring to TNG (onwards), Federation starships carry a feedstock of raw materials that can be easily converted into the widest possible range of substances by the replicator systems. Before this, starships (like the Enterprise NX-1 and Enerprise NCC-1701) used reclamation systems to process waste water back into potable water. There's no ...


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Very accessible. In DS9 "Blaze of Glory" we hear Eddington ranting about food replicators. EDDINGTON It may look like chicken, but it still tastes like replicated protein molecules to me. SISKO If you don't want it, don't eat it. EDDINGTON Remember that Thanksgiving dinner you cooked for the senior staff last year? How many months did it ...


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The entire plot of Field of Fire (DS9) is about a replicated TR-116 Rifle. If you are looking for a reference for a weapon being replicated, there you are. SISKO: Chief, did you ever hear of a TR one one six rifle? O'BRIEN: It was a prototype. Developed by Starfleet Security to operate in energy dampening fields or radiogenic environments. ...


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The answers I've seen here are an excellent exploration of the first part of your question, namely, why were the replicators shut down on Voyager. However, what I'm not seeing are any answers to the second part of your question, namely, if replicators use more energy than cooking, then why did they allow humans to stop working for a living? Wouldn't the ...


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Replicators appear to be in widespread use throughout the Federation, and in many civilizations outside the Federation regardless of their enlistment in Starfleet. In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Family", Picard's brother, who is a farmer of a vinyard, and definitely not in Starfleet, says that he refuses to use a replicator, so logically ...


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The Replicators most likely are not doing anything particularly wrong. However, we have a few things to consider here. The replicator has pre-programmed recipes inside of it. Unless you make or take your Grandmother's apple pie to something that can test it and determine its full compositional breakdown, it will only taste like whose ever version of pie ...


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I was happy to see corsiKa's comment, as this reflects a theory I've had for a long time. If Picard asked for "hot, Earl Grey tea," he would get exactly the same thing, but this hasn't always been the case. When Picard was younger, the Federation's parsing technology was not so advanced, and replicators only understood basic commands, so you had to order in ...


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Since he doesn't have access to a Federation replicator in his quarters (presumably Cardassian replicators don't contain the patterns for Federation uniforms) the implication is that he didn't leave himself enough time to get to a replicator station, then get changed. Note that in the original script, he tells Dax that his plan is to get Garak to make him ...


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Replicators are generally treated as "low resolution" and unable to replicate certain highly complex objects such as organs (TNG "The Enemy", VOY "Phage"). There were specialized replicators that could do some of these more difficult tasks, such as the prototype Genetronic Replicator in TNG "Ethics". The Mobile Emitter was originally manufactured in the ...


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