The Freng are a space-faring humanoid species native to the planet Frengar. Freng civilization was built on the ideals of free enterprise, where all other goals are
|"Never ask when you can take."-An old Freng saying.|
subjugated to the pursuit of profit. Their governing body, known as the Freng Mercantile Republic, was formed over a period of ten thousand years, beginning with the establishment of a system of currency, to their purchase of warp technology, and finally to its state in the 24th century.PhysiologyOn average, Freng are shorter than Humans. They had orange-brown colored skin, blue fingernails, enlarged skulls, wrinkled noses, and sharp teeth. Internally, they had ascending ribs and upper and lower lungs, as well as an unusual four-lobed brain that could not easily be read by telepaths.The Freng's most distinguishing feature was their large ears (called "lobes"), which gave them extremely acute hearing, sensitive enough to tell a person's species and gender, even through electronic distortion, atmospheric/altitude changes, and the decibel level of a sound. The lobes of the Freng male were larger than those of females. The sensitivity of the ears also made them vulnerable to pain and other problems, including severe infections of the tympanic membrane which, if left untreated, can become fatal. They are also rather vain about these, and in fact have cosmetic procedures to firm, soften, enlarge, reduce, and otherwise manipulate them.The Freng heart rate was much faster than that of a Human. A Human doctor once said of a Freng "If you were Human, I'd say you just suffered from a heart attack."The Freng have a rather strong immune system, in part due to the fact that Freng brains are very different than those of other humanoids, and have a lifespan that exceed one hundred years. However, they have relatively weak eyesight (approximately equal to 20/80 vision in humans).When startled, frightened or in pain, Freng often emitted a high-pitched scream. Some Freng demonstrated a hissing reaction when threatened or in distress not unlike an Earth cat.Society And CultureCultural DevelopmentThe Freng culture had roots similar to those of many other species, filled with wars, violence, and greed. However, the Freng 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 or genocide, a distinction the Freng felt made them morally superior. Freng culture slowly grew out of its early stages by introducing a remarkable economic system that developed from early bartering systems to become one of the leading cultures in interstellar commerce.Unlike most other cultures who frequently idolize warriors or politicians, businessmen were the pillars of Freng society for millennia. This tendency led to the slow merging of business and political fields in Freng culture and that influence was evident in the near universal application of the Rules of Acquisition as both a personal and financial code of ethics.The Rules of Acquisition provided advice that all good Freng follow in order to lead a profitable life. For example, the first Rule of Acquisition was "Once you have their money, you never give it back."In addition to the Rules, the Freng also recognized the Five Stages of Acquisition: infatuation, justification, appropriation, obsession, and resale. They also recognized these traits in other species; Earth's Wall Street was regarded with near-religious reverence by Freng.The drive for individual gain in Freng society led to inventions that spread across many species of the galaxy.Role of WomenThe traditional laws of the Freng were highly sexist and patriarchal by the contemporary standards of many other civilizations. Unlike those of the Federation, Romulan, or even Klingon societies, Freng females were barred from most aspects of society, including politics and business. Laws and traditional social values relegated females to the level of property. Women had no valued role in society apart from the propagation of male heirs.Marriage, like everything else in Freng culture, was a business contract, signed between the prospective groom and the bride's father, in which the father leased his daughter to the groom for a set period (usually five years) for an agreed fee, paid on the birth of a son.In addition to being forbidden to earn profit and own property, Freng females were not allowed to wear clothes, leave their homes without male escort, or speak to strange males. Their role as caregiver to the male children of a family was strictly defined. Mothers were expected to teach their children the Rules of Acquisition, and to soften their male children's food by chewing it for them. Because of this Freng males were often very protective and loving of their mothers.However, by the late 24th century, females made up 53.5% of the Freng population and some Freng began to realize that exclusion of females from business represented a significant loss of profit opportunities. A movement, led by Ishka and, through her influence, Zek, developed with the goal of reforming cultural traditions that had excluded women. Initial progress toward this goal seemed less than promising, but by 2375 with the ascension of the progressive Rom to the position of Grand Nagus the likelihood of further reforms seemed inevitable.Because of the long-standing ban on acquisition of profit by females, any female wishing to engage in commerce had to either bury evidence of her involvement in a transaction or appear as a male. Notably, Pel not only altered the manner of her attire, but also disguised her breasts and the size of her lobes in order to be included in Quark's financial decision-making. Using this disguised appearance, she was involved in the first recorded business transaction between the Alpha and Gamma Quadrants. A contract would likely not have been concluded without her input, making it, at the time, the most significant financial achievement by Freng female. Her skill in successfully negotiating the contract between the Freng and the Karemma would later have a profound impact on the entire Alpha Quadrant. It proved the basis by which the Federation made First Contact with the Founders, which would in turn lead to the Dominion War.Quark himself would later be involved in an even more significant instance of cross-dressing, one which would fundamentally alter the nature of Freng society. Grand Nagus Zek- As influenced by Quark's mother, Ishka- Attempted to give women the right to wear clothes. He was immediately displaced from power by Brunt, and forced to set up a government-in-exile on Deep Space 9. While there, Zek tried to convince top Freng businessmen to join him for a conference to demonstrate the intelligence of women, using Ishka as his exemplar. When she collapsed after suffering a heart attack, Quark had to fake being the female, "Lumba," so as to impress Nilva, the ultra-conservative manufacturer of Slug-o-Cola. It being decided that simple cross dressing was insufficient, Quark received gender reassignment surgery for the occasion which was reversed afterwords. Quark's "Lumba" sufficiently influenced Nilva to call for, and get, the immediate reinstatement of Zek as Nagus. Zek's women's rights agenda therefore continued.Rituals And Traditions Male Freng were introduced to the world on their Naming Day, one of the few Freng ceremonies that included a tradition of bestowing (free) gifts on someone.The Freng Attainment Ceremony was the time in Freng tradition that an individual becomes old enough to make his own decisions. A young Freng that was about to embark on his first significant business opportunity might auction off personal items that have strong sentimental value in order to raise capital for his venture.Quark in a traditional display of submission Freng greeted one another by putting their wrists together, hands apart, and fingers curled inward, equivalent to the old Human custom of shaking hands (the natives of Gamma Trianguli VI have an almost identical gesture); Jadzia Dax and Quark regularly greeted one another in this manner. On the other hand, when agreeing upon a deal, the two Freng placed the back of one hand against that of the other, and pulled it away to the side quickly, as if to signify mutual distrust and understanding.A Freng acting in some form of service or submission was commonly known to bow very slightly, face up, and made the same hand gesture used in greetings. The cultural connotations of displaying open hands were echoed again in the "obscene" gesture of a person waving empty hands above his head.A Freng entering another Freng's home was required to pay an admission fee of one slip of latinum per person. One was also required to sign a waiver acknowledging responsibility in the event that something went missing following one's visit. A traditional greeting in such situations had the resident Freng welcoming the visitor to his home and reminding him that "My house is my house." to which the visitor replied "As are its contents."The Freng had a legal tradition called plea bargaining. If a Freng required something, especially of importance, that had been taken by another individual, the Freng could give something that the individual requires in order to have their item returned.Traditional Freng cuisine consisted largely of slugs, insects, grubs, and other creatures Humans would call "bugs." Many partook in the beetle snuff habit, snorting a fine powder of dried beetles.According to traditional Freng beliefs, the hammer represented sexual prowess. Actual sexual practices of Freng were not well known but oo-mox, manual stimulation of the lobes, was widely practiced and could be performed by non-Freng. In accordance with their male-dominated society it was not unusual for a Freng to have female servants who would perform oo-mox for him in public as a means of pleasure and to communicate his status by overtly demonstrating that he can afford such luxuries.Appropriately for a materially obsessed species, the Freng demonstrated interest in cosmetic enhancements by way of tooth sharpeners and surgical procedures such as lobe enlargements to accompany the usual conspicuous displays of wealth.LanguageThe Freng written language resembled a flow chart in appearance with 60 degree angles and text most commonly emanating outward from a central hexagon. The hexagon might remain fixed, possibly denoting subject or tense, as the text around it flowed, branched, expanded, and changed.Because of the extremely rainy climate of their homeworld the Freng had 178 different words for rain in all its various forms. Conversely there were no Freng words for crispy, as the condition is largely unknown to them.There was also B'Zal, a Freng code which used patterns of light and darkness.ClothingFreng males wore a headdress which consisted of a cloth wrapped around the back of the head called a Tuban. If an Freng joins the REF or RDF, they continued to wear their Tuban. However in civilian life the average Freng has stopped wearing the Tuban, as it evolved from a piece of armor. Until the alteration to Freng culture under Zek, females did not wear clothes; Now they usually wear multi-colored, loose fitting dresses or clothing like their male counterpart/partner, with some give in strategic areas; They are expected, however, to wear loose fitting clothing that does not reveal their anatomy to any degree- A form of minor humiliation, as this makes finding a mate more difficult.PhilosophyIn Freng philosophy, the pursuit of profit at any cost was the guiding principle for all traditional Freng. With the invention of currency and the concept of profit approximately 10,000 years ago Freng philosophy began to evolve toward the pursuit of material wealth. This guiding principle became so basic to Freng that it was eventually codified in the Rules of Acquisition.EthicsGreed, deceit, distrust, and opportunism are highly prized values among Freng and all were represented within the Rules. The Freng belief in conducting all business dealings under the advisory caveat-emptor, or "buyer beware", further reflected the pursuit of profit at all costs.Exploitation was a rule in Freng society. The formation of labor unions was forbidden, and indeed most Freng did not wish to eradicate exploitation but to become the exploiters. Unfortunately, the Buyout ended this as an absolute practice, and workers now have many degrees of protection that beforehand hadn't been there.If profit represented the ultimate goal to Freng, the loss of profit opportunity represented the ultimate punishment. Freng who broke the law could be punished with the loss of all property and assets. If the crime was deemed severe enough the offending Freng's family could also suffer loss of profit opportunity, and could even be sold into indentured servitude to repay their debts- Both literal and philosophical. The binding nature of contracts was considered a supreme law in Freng society and breaking a contract with a fellow Freng was a severe crime. Capital punishment was not unknown among Freng but perhaps even more feared was revocation of a Freng's business license. Such an action prohibited other Freng from conducting business with the offender and virtually ostracized a Freng from his own society, leaving him with so few opportunities for true profit that death might be preferable. Should capital punishment become necessary (such as for going on strike), the preferred method is defenestration from the top of the Tower of Commerce. Not only is the forty-story descent effective, but it allows those in the Sacred Marketplace below opportunities to place wagers on where the condemned will land.Regard for profit above all else, including life, was also evident in the Freng attitude toward dealing in weapons and other military technology. Though the galaxy abounded in weapons dealers, the Freng had an approving attitude toward the profession. Similarly, the Freng attitude toward personal liberty was superseded by desire for profit. Despite, or perhaps because of, never having endured slavery themselves Freng showed themselves willing to engage in slave-trading and the capturing of aliens for slave labor if profitable.ReligionThe Freng cultural emphases upon profit and wealth extended to spirituality, leading to a fairly robust and detailed religious life, even if the central philosophy behind the religion was relatively simple. Like everything else in their society, Freng religion revolved around the central concepts of profit and the accumulation of wealth.Freng spirituality flowed largely from their belief in the universe was bound together in the Great Material Continuum. A Freng who lived a good life (one who makes a profit and accumulates wealth) was said to navigate the Great River of the Continuum. Such Freng were rewarded for their success in interpreting the wants and needs of this life by positioning themselves for success in the next life. The Freng seemed to draw a distinction between selfishness and greed, indicating that the accumulation of wealth serves a greater good and is therefore not selfish. This is likely the role of the Great Material Continuum and may explain why such accumulation is rewarded in the afterlife. However, it may also be the case that selfishness itself is considered a moral virtue and for that reason the accumulation of wealth is rewarded in the afterlife.The Antechamber of the Divine Treasury In the case of Freng, the mercantile belief in the finite but eternal nature of material accumulation meant that you could take it with you. Upon death a Freng found himself before the Blessed Exchequer, to whom Freng prayed in life, and was evaluated on the basis of the profit earned while alive. A successful Freng was allowed to bribe their way into the Divine Treasury where the wealth he had accumulated could be used to bid on his next life under the supervision of the Celestial Auctioneers. An unsuccessful Freng might find himself cast into the Vault of Eternal Destitution, never to return.By the end of the Dominion War, in 2375, over 40% of the population on Frengnar no longer believed they had to buy their way into the Divine Treasury.The Freng death ritual prohibited an autopsy from being performed on a deceased Freng. However, it was accepted practice for a Freng to auction off his vacuum-desiccated remains after death, providing the opportunity for their loved ones or enemies to own a piece of the Freng after his passing and as a final opportunity to raise capital for the soon to be deceased.GovernmentOfficial symbol of the Freng Alliance The Freng Alliance was the main political body of the Freng. It was dedicated to the promotion of profit and commerce and was overseen by a Grand Nagus, who acted as both head of state and principal business leader. The Nagus' power was supported by both the Freng Bill of Opportunities as well as the Rules of Acquisition.The Freng Commerce Authority, or FCA, was an agency of the Alliance concerned with business practices and the enforcement of trade under the Freng Trade By-Laws and Freng Code. Agents of the FCA were known as Liquidators and were governed by the Board of Liquidators. The FCA tightly regulated Freng business affairs in all industries and throughout the quadrant.Additional government institutions included the Freng Gaming Commission, Freng Health Commission, and the Freng Trade Mission.Generally, the Freng Alliance stayed neutral in the politics of the galaxy, since the Freng were solely interested in profit and making enemies would diminish business opportunities. In the spirit of free enterprise, most Freng business ventures were made without the knowledge of the government. As a result, while a number of hostile conflicts occurred between the Federation and the Freng in the 2360s, the Freng Alliance itself was not held responsible.The importance of business was felt even in Freng government, as powerful businessmen could easily become powerful political figures representing their companies the way states or worlds are represented in most other cultures.The neutral tendencies of the Freng and their government were evident in the 34th and 35th Rules of Acquisition: "War is good for business" and "Peace is good for business." Counter-intuitively, this neutral status often enhanced the influence of the Freng Alliance in the galaxy. By positioning themselves as interested only in commerce, not only did Freng manage to avoid being embroiled in larger conflicts such as the Dominion War, they also made themselves available as intermediaries. Freng trade representatives often accompanied other governments on diplomatic missions where trade negotiations might serve to open the door to more extensive relations between trade partners who might otherwise have difficulty doing business because of the political climate.In keeping with their neutral tradition, the Freng did not maintain much a standing militry force and were generally considered ineffectual in most militry matters. However, the role of DaiMon in Freng commerce was a quasi-militry rank and the Alliance did provide the use of starships, notably the D'KORA-Class Marauders, for the purpose of mercantile exploration and, in some cases, defense of business interests.History Gint, first Grand Nagus Freng history reached back approximately 10,000 years, but much of their early history was limited to legend. The most significant events of early Freng history were the creation of the Freng Rules of Acquisition by Gint and the merging of business and political philosophies into the office of the Grand Nagus.After the evolution of their commerce-intensive society, the Freng purchased warp drive technology and began to expand their commercial interests in the galaxy. Even at this point, however, the Freng were a mysterious race who were often only known through rumor. Due to their ambitious and covetous nature many Freng have shown a tendency not to identify themselves to new species during a first encounter and to exploit such species' lack of knowledge about Freng philosophy and society.Prior to 2151, the Freng came in contact with the Valakians.In 2151, Starfleet had their first encounter with the Freng, although they would not realize it for two more centuries. This initial encounter took place when four Freng marauders boarded a Federate ship 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 ENTERPISE crew and the Freng'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.In 2355, while Captain Jean-Luc Picard was in command of the USS STARGAZER, Starfleet had another encounter with the Fereng, 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.Official First Contact between the United Federation of Planets and the Freng occurred in 2364 in the Delphi Ardu system, where a Freng 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 Freng and Humans but, for various reasons, documentation of the Freng as an identified race was not recorded.Upon first contact with the Freng, 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 Fereng had adapted to Federation mannerisms and later encounters had the Freng speaking perfect English and moving as a normal human would. A carry-over which was (and still is) common among all Fereng is to call Humans by the name "Hew-mons" instead of the correct pronunciation. Famous Freng
|The Head Of A Freng.|
|Attributes:||I.Q. 2D6+2, M.E. 3D6, M.A. 4D6+2, P.S. 2D6+2, P.P. 3D6, P.E. 3D6, P.B. 2D6, Spd 3D6|
|Hit Points:||P.E. + 1D6 at level one, plus 1D6 each additional level|
|Natural Armor Rating:||None|
|Natural Abilities:||Superior Mental Affinity.|
|Combat:||2 Attacks, plus those gained from Hand to Hand Combat and/or Boxing.|
|Bonuses:||+10% to Trust Intimidate, +1 Save vs. Psionics. This is in addition to any attribute bonuses.|
|Magic:||None, The Freng don't believe in Magic.|
|Average Life Span:||100 years|
|O.C.C.s:||Any, but will shy from all Men of Arms OCCs due to a fear of combat.|
|Skills of Note:||Speak Freng at 98%|
|Size:||60 + 2D6 inches.|
|Weight:||150 to 200 lbs.|
|001. Once you have their money, never give it back.|
002. You can't cheat an honest customer, but it never hurts to try.
003. Never spend more for an acquisition than you have to.
004. Sex and profit are the two things that never last long enough.
005. If you can't break a contract, bend it.
006. Never let family stand in the way of opportunity.
007. Always keep you ears open.
008. Keep count of your change.
009. Instinct plus opportunity equals profit.
010. A dead customer can't buy as much as a live one.
011. Latinum isn't the only thing that shines.
012. Anything worth selling is worth selling twice.
013. Anything worth doing is worth doing for money.
014. Anything stolen is pure profit.
015. Acting stupid is often smart.
016. A deal is a deal ... until a better one comes along.
017. A bargain usually isn't.
018. A Freng without profit is no Freng at all.
019. Don't lie too soon after a promotion.
020. When the customer is sweating, turn up the heat.
021. Never place friend ship before profit.
022. Wise men can hear profit in the wind.
023. Never take the last coin, but be sure to get the rest.
024. Never ask when you can take.
025. Fear makes a good business partner.
026. The vast majority of the rich in this galaxy did not inherit their wealth; They stole it.
027. The most beautiful thing about a tree is what you do with it after you cut it down.
028. Morality is always defined by those in power.
029. When someone says "It's not the money," they're lying.
030. Talk is cheap; Synthehol costs money.
031. Never make fun of a Freng's mother.
032. Be careful what you sell. It may do exactly what the customer expects.
033. It never hurts to suck up to the boss.
034. War is good for business.
035. Peace is good for business.
036. Too many Freng can't laugh at themselves anymore.
037. You can always buy back a lost reputation.
038. Free advertising is cheap.
039. Praise is cheap. Heap it generously on all customers.
040. If you see profit on a journey, take it.
041. Money talks, but having a lots of it gets more attention.
042. Only negotiate when you are certain to profit.
043. Caressing an ear is often more forceful than pointing a weapon.
044. Never argue with a loaded phaser.
045. Profit has limits. Loss has none.
046. Labor camps are full of people who trusted the wrong person.
047. Never trust a man wearing a better suit than you own.
048. The bigger the smile, the sharper the knife.
049. Old age and greed will always overcome youth and talent.
050. Never bluff a Klingon.
051. Never admit a mistake if there's someone else to blame.
052. Only Bugsy could have built Las Vegas.
053. Sell first; Ask questions later.
054. Never buy anything you can't sell.
055. Always sell at the highest possible profit.
056. Pursue profit; Women come later.
057. Good customers are almost as rare as Latinum- Treasure them.
058. Friendship is seldom cheap.
059. Fee advice is never cheap.
060. Never use Latinum where your words will do.
061. Never buy what can be stolen.
062. The riskier the road, the greater the profit.
063. Power without profit is like a ship without an engine.
064. Don't talk shop; Talk shopping.
065. Don't talk ship; Talk shipping.
066. Anyone serving in a fleet who is crazy can be relieved, if they ask for it.
067. Enough is never enough.
068. Compassion is no substitute for a profit.
069. You could afford your ship without your government- If it weren't for your government.
070. Get the money first, then let the buyers worry about collecting the merchandise.
071. Gamble and trade have two things in common: Risk and Latinum.
072. Never let the competition know, what you're thinking.
073. Never trust advice from a dying Freng; Listen but don't trust.
074. A Freng without profit is no Freng at all.
075. Home is where the heart is, but the stars are made of Latinum.
076. Every once in a while, declare peace. It confuses the hell out of your enemies.
077. Go where no Freng has gone before; Where there is no reputation there is profit.
078. If it works, sell it. If it works well, sell it for more. If it doesn't work, quadruple the price and sell it as an antique.
079. Benefit from the Vulcan greed for knowledge.
|080. Don't discriminate. The most unlikely species can create the best customers.|
081. There's nothing more dangerous than an honest businessman.
082. A smart customer is not a good customer.
083. Revenge is profitless.
084. She can touch your ears but never your Latinum.
085. Death takes no bribes.
086. A wife is a luxury, a smart accountant a necessity.
087. Trust is the biggest liability of all.
088. When the boss comes to dinner, it never hurts to have the wife wear something.
089. Latinum lasts longer than lust.
090. Mine is better than ours.
091. He who drinks fast pays slow.
092. Never confuse wisdom with luck.
093. He's a fool who makes his doctor his heir.
094. Beware of small expenses: A small leak will kill a ship.
095. Important, more important, Latinum.
096. Faith moves mountains- Of inventory.
097. If you would keep a secret from an enemy, don't tell it to a friend.
098. Profit is the better part of valor.
099. Never trust a wise man.
100. Everything that has no owner, needs one.
101. Never do something you can make someone do for you.
102. Nature decays, but Latinum lasts forever.
103. Sleep can interfere with opportunity.
104. Money is never made. It is merely won or lost.
105. Wise men don't lie, they just bend the truth.
106. There is no honor in poverty.
107. Win or lose, there's always Huyperian Beetle Snuff.
108. A woman wearing clothes is like a man without profit.
109. Dignity and an empty sack is worth the sack.
110. Only a fool passes up a business opportunity.
111. Treat people in your debt like family ... exploit them.
112. Never sleep with the boss's wife unless you pay him first.
113. Never sleep with the boss's sister.
114. Small print lead to large risk.
115. Greed is eternal.
116. There's always a way out.
117. If the profit seems too good to be true, it usually is.
118. Never cheat a honest man offering a decent price.
119. Buy, sell, or get out of the way.
120. Even a blind man can recognize the glow of Latinum.
121. Everything is for sale, even friendship.
122. As the customers go, so goes the wise profiteer.
123. A friend is only a friend until you sell him something. Then he is a customer.
124. Friendship is temporary, profit is forever.
125. A lie isn't a lie until someone else knows the truth.
126. A lie isn't a lie, it's just the truth seen from a different point of view.
127. Gratitude can bring on generosity.
128. Freng are not responsible for the stupidity of other races.
129. Never trust your customers.
130. Never trust a beneficiary.
131. If it gets you profit, sell your own mother.
132. The flimsier the produce, the higher the price.
133. Never judge a customer by the size of his wallet ... sometimes good things come in small packages.
134. There's always a catch.
135. The only value of a collectible is what you can get somebody else to pay for it.
136. The sharp knife cuts quickly. Act without delay!.
137. Necessity is the mother of invention. Profit is the father.
138. Law makes everyone equal, but justice goes to the highest bidder.
139. Wives serve; Brother inherit.
140. The answer to quick and easy profit is: Buy for less, sell for more.
141. Competition and fair play are mutually exclusive. Fair play and financial loss go hand-in-hand.
142. A Freng waits to bid until his opponents have exhausted themselves.
143. The family of Fools is ancient.
144. There's nothing wrong with charity ... as long as it winds up in your pocket.
145. Always ask for the costs first.
146. If possible sell neither the sizzle nor the steak, but the Elphasian wheat germ.
147. New customers are like razor toothed gree worms. They can be succulent, but sometimes they bite back.
148. Opportunity waits for no one.
149. Females and finances don't mix.
150. Make your shop easy to find.
151. Sometimes, what you get free costs entirely too much.
152. Ask not what your profits can do for you; Ask what you can do for your profits.
153. You can't free a fish from water.
154. The difference between manure and Latinum is commerce.
155. What's mine is mine, and what's yours is mine too.
156. Even in the worst of times someone turns a profit.
|157. You are surrounded by opportunities; You just have to know where to look.|
158. Don't pay until you have the goods.
159. The customer is always right ... until you have their cash.
160. Respect is good, Latinum is better.
161. Never kill a customer, unless you make more profit out of his death than out of his life.
162. His money is only yours when he can't get it back.
163. A thirsty customer is good for profit, a drunk one isn't.
164. Never spend your own money when you can spend someone elses.
165. Never allow one's culture's law to get in the way of a universal goal: Profit.
166. Never give away for free what can be sold.
167. If a deal is fairly and lawfully made, then seeking revenge especially unprofitable revenge, is illegal.
168. Beware of relatives bearing gifts.
169. If you're going to have to endure, make yourself comfortable.
170. Never gamble with an empath.
171. Time is Latinum. The early Freng get the Latinum.
172. If you can sell it, don't hesitate to steal it.
173. A piece of Latinum in the hand is worth two in a customer's pocket.
174. Share and perish.
175. When everything fails- Run.
176. Freng's don't give promotional gifts!
177. Know your enemies ... but do business with them always.
178. The world is a stage- Don't forget to demand admission.
179. Whenever you think that things can't get worse, the FCA will be knocking on you door.
180. Never offer a confession when a bribe will do.
181. Even dishonesty can't tarnish the glow of Latinum.
182. Whenever you're being asked if you are god, the right answer is YES.
183. Genius without opportunity is like Latinum in the mine.
184. There are three things you must not talk to aliens: Sex, religion and taxes.
185. If you want to ruin yourself there are three known ways: Gambling is the fastest, women are the sweetest, and banks are the most reliable way.
186. There are two things that will catch up with you for sure: Death and taxes.
187. If your dancing partner wants to lead at all costs, let her have her own way and ask another one to dance.
188. Never bet on a race you haven't fixed.
189. Borrow on a handshake; Lend in writing.
190. Drive your business or it will drive you.
191. Let other keep their reputation. You keep their money.
192. If the flushing isn't strong enough, use your brain and try the brush.
193. Klingon women don't dance tango.
194. It's always good business to know about new customers before they walk in your door.
195. Wounds heal, but debt is forever.
196. Only give money to people you know you can steal from.
197. Never trust your customers, especially if they are your relatives.
198. Employees are the rungs on your ladder to success- Don't hesitate to step on them.
199. The secret of one person is another person's opportunity.
200. A madman with Latinum means profit without return.
201. The justification for profit is profit.
202.a) A friend in need is a customer in the making;b) A friend in need means three times the profit.
203. A Freng in need, will never do anything for free.
204. When the Grand Nagus arrives to offer you a business opportunity, it's time to leave town until he's gone.
205. When the customer dies, the money stops a-comin'.
206. Fighting with Klingons is like gambling with K'Hardishuns- It's good to have a friend around when you lose.
207. Never trust a hardworking employee.
208. Give someone a fish, you feed him for one day. Teach him how to fish, and you lose a steady customer.
209. Tell them what they want to hear.
210. A wife, who is able to clean, saves the cleaning lady.
211. In business deals, a disruptor can be almost as important as a calculator.
212. If they accept your first offer, you either asked too little or offered too much.
213. Stay neutral in conflicts so that you can sell supplies to both sides.
214. Never begin a business transaction on an empty stomach.
215. Instinct without opportunity is useless.
216. Never take hospitality from someone worse off than yourself.
|217. Only pay for it if you are confronted with loaded phaser.|
218. Always know what you're buying.
219. A friend is not a friend if he asks for a discount.
220. Profit is like a bed of roses- A few thorns are inevitable.
221. Beware of any man who thinks with his lobes.
222. Knowledge is Latinum.
223. Rich men don't come to buy; They come to take.
224. Never throw anything away: It may be worth a lot of Latinum some day.
225. Pride comes before a loss.
226. Don't take your family for granted, only their Latinum.
227. Loyalty can be bought... And sold.
228. All things come to those who wait, even Latinum.
229. Beware the man who doesn't make time for oo-mox.
230. Manipulation may be a Freng's greatest tool, and liability.
231. If you steal it, make sure it has a warranty.
232. Life's no fair (How else would you turn a profit?).
233. Every dark cloud has a Latinum lining.
234. Never deal with beggars; It's bad for profits.
235. Don't trust anyone who trusts you.
236. You can't buy fate.
237. There's a sucker born every minute. Be sure you're the first to find each one.
238. The truth will cost.
239. Ambition knows no family.
240. The higher you bid, the more customers you drive away.
241. Never underestimate the importance of the fist impression.
242. More is good, all is better.
243. If you got something nice to say, then SHOUT.
244. If you can't sell it, sit on it, but never give it away.
245. A warranty is valid only if they can find you.
246. He that speaks ill of the wares will buy them.
247. Never question luck.
248. Celebrate when you are paid, not, when you are promised.
249. Respect other culture's beliefs; They'll be more likely to give you money.
250. A dead vendor doesn't demand money.
251. Satisfaction is not guaranteed.
252. Let the buyer beware.
253. A contract without fine print is a fool's document.
254. Anyone who can't tell a fake doesn't deserve the real thing.
255. A warranty without loop-holes is a liability.
256. Synthehol is the lubricant of choice for a customer's stuck purse.
257. Only fools negotiate with their own money.
258. A Freng is only as important as the amount of Latinum he carries in his pockets.
259. A lie is a way to tell the truth to someone who doesn't know.
260. Gambling is like the way to power: The only way to win is to cheat, but don't get caught in the process.
261. A wealthy man can afford everything except a conscience.
262. No lobes, no profit.
263. Never let a female in clothes cloud your sense of profit.
264. It's not the size of your planet, but it's income, that matters.
265. The fear of loss may be your greatest enemy or your best friend- Choose wisely.
266. A pair of good ears will ring dry a hundred tongues.
267. Wish not so much to live Long, as to live well.
268.a) When in doubt, lie;b) When in doubt, buy;c) When in doubt, demand more money;d) When in doubt, shoot them, take their money, run and blame someone else.
269. Never purchase anything that has been promised to be valuable or go up in value.
270. It's better to have gambled and lost than to never have gambled at all.
271. There's many witty men whose brains can't line their pockets.
272. The way to a Freng's heart is through his wallet.
273. Always count their Latinum before selling anything.
274. There is no profit in love; However, a strong heart is worth a few bars of Latinum on the open market. Keep it on ice.
275. Latinum can't buy happiness, but you can sure have a blast renting it.
276. If at first you don't succeed, try to acquire again.
277. Diamonds may be girl's best friend, but you can only buy the girl with Latinum.
278. It's better to swallow your pride than to lose your profit.
279. Never close a deal too soon after a female strokes your lobes.
280. An empty bag can not stand upright.
281. Blood is thicker than water, but harder to sell.
282. Business is like war; It's important to recognize the winner.
283. Rules are always subject to change.
284. Rules are always subject to interpretation.
285. No good deed ever goes unpunished.