I'm trying to figure this out. I was watching "Encounter at Farpoint" yesterday and noticed that Dr. Crusher tells the attendant that he should send the bill to her ship. Also, people in DS9 have to buy stuff from local vendors all teh time. It's obvious that Latinum has value and all.I can understand that onship all things are essentially taken care of. But what method does Starfleet use to pay vendors? How about civilians? In STIV, Kirk says they don't use money and even Picard reiterates this when he says that man has outgrown the pursuit of possessions. So how does Starfleet pay it's debts? Is there some massive banking system out there that just pays out whatever Starfleet personnell wants? Do they each have a bank account? What do you think. I know that Starfleet credits are used, but what do you think it means?
i think the federation has money they just use it to trade with our races and not for their own personal wealth
so for example the federation probably pays quark for all the food and drink that his officers use at the end of the month.
at the moment as people we want to have more money than the next guy, yet in star trek sometime a fed officer would win some latinum at a dabbo table which they could then spend at a shop but its not that consuming to them. they dont have to go and win more and more or buy lots of stuff. they can take it or leave it
they are content the way they are with what they've got
I actually think STO is somewhat close with the use of energy credits, I imagine that each officer has a certain amount of "resources" they are allowed to use and they earn more over time or possibly based on rank.
With replicators, people can have almost anything they want, but I imagine there is some sort of limit on how much they can use the replicator in a given period of time..
I think it's more to do with Humans than the Federation or even Starfleet as a whole. Bolians for instance, being a Federation species with people in Starfleet, has a banking system and credit exchange (which could even indicate further species within the federation having their own monetary systems). I only remember Humans making grandiose claims about being better than the rest of the money grubbing galaxy.
It's that or it's a concept of the future that's so alien that not even the shows own writers could get it straight.
One of the fundamental laws of economics. If scarcity exists, a rationing device must be created. There are some things a replicator cannot replicate. There are also things a replicator cannot do right.