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Gint, the first Grand Nagus, as he appeared in a vision to Quark

Ferengi Shuttle photo

Photograph of Ferengi vessel, which crash-landed on Earth in 1947

Acquisition Ferengi Masks01

Ferengi pirates boarding Enterprise NX-01 in 2151

Ferengi conference on DS9 in 2369

Grand Nagus Zek convenes a conference on business opportunities in the Gamma Quadrant on Deep Space 9 in 2369.

"Five thousand, ten thousand [years], what's the difference? The speed of technological advancement isn't nearly as important as short-term quarterly gains."
– Quark, 2372 ("Little Green Men")

Ferengi history reaches back at least 10,000 years, which is the amount of time it took to establish the Ferengi Alliance. The most significant events of early Ferengi history were the invention of currency and the concept of profit, as well the creation of the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition by Gint, the first Grand Nagus. (DS9: "Little Green Men", "Body Parts")

Gint's lifetime or when the Rules Acquisition were first created was never mentioned on-screen. However, if he is considered the founder of the Alliance, this might imply Gint lived at least 10,000 years ago.

The Ferengi managed to avoid many of the worst aspects of an evolving culture and their social history was notable for the absence of atrocities such as slavery (at least of males) or genocide. After the evolution of their commerce-intensive society, the Ferengi purchased warp drive technology sometime between 1947 and 2151 and began to expand their commercial interests in the galaxy. Even at this point, however, the Ferengi were a mysterious race who were often only known through rumor. Due to their ambitious and covetous nature, many Ferengi have shown a tendency not to identify themselves to new species during a first encounter and to exploit such species' lack of knowledge about Ferengi philosophy and society. (ENT: "Acquisition"; DS9: "The Jem'Hadar", "Little Green Men"; VOY: "False Profits")

Prior to 2151, the Ferengi came in contact with the Valakians, who sought help to fight a medical crisis on their homeworld. After the Ferengi realized they could not be appropriately compensated, they left. As of 2151, T'Pol was unfamiliar with the name "Ferengi." (ENT: "Dear Doctor")

In 2151, Starfleet had their first encounter with the Ferengi, although they would not realize it for two more centuries. This initial encounter took place when four Ferengi marauders boarded Enterprise NX-01 after rendering its crew unconscious using a "Trojan Horse" device. The pirates attempted to plunder the starship of items they believed held value, but their plans were ultimately foiled by the Enterprise crew and the Ferengi's own greed. With Enterprise back under Starfleet control, the pirates were allowed to leave with a warning not to plunder any more ships in the area. (ENT: "Acquisition")

Around the mid-24th century, the Great Monetary Collapse occurred on Ferenginar. It was described as "rampant inflation and currency devaluation that were burning like wildfires through the lush financial foliage of" Ferenginar. (DS9: "Homefront")

In 2355, while Captain Jean-Luc Picard was in command of the USS Stargazer, Starfleet had another encounter with the Ferengi, although again it wouldn't be realized until nine years later. While traveling through the Maxia Zeta system, the USS Stargazer was attacked by an unidentified starship, damaging shields. This forced Captain Picard to perform a maneuver in which the Stargazer jumped into high warp, making it appear to the attackers that the ship was in two places at once. This tactic was so highly regarded by Starfleet that it was given the designation "the Picard Maneuver". During the ensuing confusion, the Stargazer was able to destroy the enemy vessel, but the damage to the Stargazer was substantial and the crew were forced to abandon the ship. (TNG: "The Battle")

Official First Contact between the United Federation of Planets and the Ferengi occurred in 2364 in the Delphi Ardu system, where a Ferengi vessel and the USS Enterprise-D were trapped in orbit by a derelict outpost of the ancient Tkon Empire. Prior to this contact, there were multiple incidents of contact between Ferengi and Humans but, for various reasons, documentation of the Ferengi as an identified race was not recorded. (TNG: "The Last Outpost")

Upon first contact with the Ferengi, Starfleet personnel observed the species to speak with broken English, often gasping and hissing, and moving in a cat-like "slinking" manner. Within the space of two years, however, the Ferengi had adapted to Federation mannerisms and later encounters had the Ferengi speaking perfect English and moving as a normal Human would. A carry-over which was (and still is) common among all Ferengi is to call Humans by the name "Hew-mons" instead of the correct pronunciation. (TNG: "The Price"; DS9: "Emissary")



Background informationEdit

The Borg identify the Ferengi as Species 180, possibly indicating an early contact between the two, although nothing is known about it. (VOY: "Infinite Regress")

Some fans of Star Trek were (at least initially) disgruntled about the Ferengi being encountered by Starfleet as early as the 22nd century in Star Trek: Enterprise, as the earlier-produced TNG: "The Last Outpost" seemed to involve the first contact between the two groups occurring later. Mike Sussman characterized the encounter in "Acquisition" as "probably one of the more controversial choices" in ENT Season 1. Responding to the fan complaints, Brannon Braga stated, "The crew [of Enterprise] never finds out what this species is called. We may even deal with that as we go along. But I think the [upset fans] perceived it as a 'screw you.'" Sussman concurred, "I think we structured the show in a way that preserves Picard's first contact with [the Ferengi] [....] Besides, every Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fan knows Earth's real first contact with the Ferengi was in Roswell in 1947!" (Star Trek: Communicator issue 139, pp. 27 & 50)

Quark actor Armin Shimerman commented, "What I found really interesting [....] was that it was the Ferengi who made the first contact with the major power in the Gamma Quadrant. It was the Ferengi who discovered the Dominion, which I think is wonderful." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 97)

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