RK_Striker_JK_5 wrote:If war happens, profit from it. If peace happens, profit from it. That's the Ferengi way!
If war, sell to both sides, and whoever wins, they owe you their planet. When peace breaks out, sell them consumer goods, but not the industry to make their own. Presto, the whole planet is your own private home, with your own set of consumers. The locals are hired to build more Marauders, for the skilled subordinates to go off and make their own fiefdom. They owe you for the ship, so they will be sending you payments as well.
So feudalism, but via debts instead of obligations. Now to imagine what the oaths of indebtedness would be like. "I serve you, with coin and service, my properties are yours to call upon as asked." "I own you, and you have value. If you are threatened, I will be there."
Of course, the debt lord only says he will be there, not that he will aid, or come up with a better deal with anyone attacking and cut out the original Ferengi. This would tend to encourage Ferengi to keep strict control over their debt-realms, to make sure their boss never has a competitor. Their boss on the other hand, might encourage competition among underlings, to keep them sharp, and to get a better deal. Lots of work in the shadows here, plus RP opportunity.