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# 95
02-28-2013, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by atatassault View Post
Replicators are not magic; They take energy run and raw material to form into useful objects; And some objects are either too complicated to make (long chain molecules; the reason why replicated food doesn't taste quite like the real thing) or the stuff that makes it up can't be manipulated by a replicator (like latinum). Governments in Star Trek would work just like they do today: Organizations which live and die by the control of resources.
Replicators do not require raw materials to function. They're matter-energy conversion units, not magic smelting machines.