Rules of Acquisition

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For the episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, see Rules of Acquisition (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine).

In the fictional Star Trek universe, the Rules of Acquisition are a collection of sacred business proverbs of the ultra-capitalist race known as the Ferengi.

The first mention of the rules within the Star Trek universe was in "The Nagus", an episode of the TV series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Season 1, Episode 10). In a later Deep Space Nine episode, "The Maquis: Part 1", Sakonna (a Vulcan) asks Quark (a Ferengi) to explain what a Rule of Acquisition is. He states, "Every Ferengi business transaction is governed by 285 Rules of Acquisition to ensure a fair and honest deal for all parties concerned... well most of them anyway."[1]

Background[edit]

The first Rule was made by Gint, the first Grand Nagus of the Ferengi Alliance, a role with political, economic, and even quasi-religious duties. The title of "Rules of Acquisition" was chosen as a clever marketing ploy (since the rules are merely guidelines), and Gint numbered his first Rule as #162, to create a demand for the other 161 Rules that had yet to be written. The Rules were said to be divinely inspired and sacred (thus furthering the original marketing ploy.)[2]

Although it has been stated within Star Trek that there are 285 Rules,[1][3] not all of them have been stated in canon. Most of the Rules were written by Ira Steven Behr, a writer for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, in a book The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition (ISBN 0-671-52936-6). The book's cover credits authorship as being "By Quark as told to Ira Steven Behr." Additional rules were published in Legends of the Ferengi (ISBN 0-671-00728-9) by Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe, another writer for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine when Behr was the executive producer of the series.[4]

The Star Trek: Voyager episode "False Profits" mentions a book containing all of the Rules:

Unabridged and fully annotated with all 47 commentaries, all 900 major and minor judgments, all 10,000 considered opinions. There's a rule for every conceivable situation." There is also a note about The Unwritten Rule: "When no appropriate rule applies... make one up."[5]

Also in "False Profits", Neelix (a Talaxian) states that there are 299 Rules of Acquisition. This is a ploy to confuse the Ferengi who have been trapped on the Tarkarian homeworld. When challenged, Neelix states that while the Ferengi have been away, additional Rules had been created.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Maquis: Part 1". Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Television production). Season 2. Episode 20. Event occurs at 23:00. 
  2. ^ Kraemer, Ross Shepard; Kraemer, Ross; Cassidy, William; Schwartz, Susan L. (2003). Religions of Star Trek. Westview Press. pp. 3, 180. ISBN 9780813341156. 
  3. ^ "Rules of Acquisition". Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Television production). Season 2. Episode 7. Event occurs at 3:00. 
  4. ^ Taylor, Mary P. (2002). Adventures in Time and Space. Simon and Schuster. p. 483. ISBN 9780743455930. 
  5. ^ "False Profits". Star Trek: Voyager (Television production). Season 3. Episode 5. 

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