Guy Gardener wrote:
The age old argument about is there money in the Federation?
Even if there's no money in the Federation, Voyager's economy runs on replicator rations.
They're communists, so even Suder locked in his room, or the Equinox 5 slave labour gets the same ration as Janeway.
Do the kids get the same replicator ration as the adults?
Baby Naomi, get's the same replicator ration as a full sized adult.
You don't pay for food in the mess.
You don't pay for your room or air.
You don't pay for holodeck time, but then again Holodeck time is probably rationed out evenly... Which means there just be a conversion table for holodeck time to raplicator rations to holodeck time.
Chakotay got Tom (squint) kicked off the ship for gambling with Replicator rations, yet even Janeway was gambling with replicator rations over the babies sex (due date?) by year seven.
So the black market is a gray area.
Childcare is one of the only few possible legal revenue streams on Voyager.
Before, I've always said that Sam Wildman and Neelix were doing it.
But maybe hey weren't?
Maybe it's that everyone else on the ship didn't understand money and found that working for "money" was a little distatseful, and that they would, if they were going to look after the kid, rather volunteer their time for free, which they don't really feel like doing.
It's like when you look after your brothers kids.
It costs 40 to 80 dollars per head to look after them in an interesting meangful way, going somewhere fun, but you're a jerk if you don't foot the bill yourself, so you don't take them out as often as you should.
Neelix was the only person skeevy enough on board to take money from a baby.
No, they are not communists.
I guess that the Federation has a political system much better and more developed than barbaric, inhumane systems like Communism and Capitalism.
If they had been communists, then we would have had mass executions in every episode.
First of all, Janeway would have executed all Maquis, including Chakotay and Torres for being enemies to the Federation and potential subversives.
Then Tuvok would have been executed for being a Maquis spy and as Chief Of Security a potential threat. Vorik would have become Chief of Security instead.
Then Paris would have been executed for being a Maquis spy.
Then Kim would have been executed for being a friend of Paris and therefore a potential spy.
Then Carey would have been executed for sabotage the day the warp engines didn't function as they should.
Then Vorik would have been executed for being a supporter of the traitor Tuvok and Seven would have become the new Chief of Security.
Then Neelix would have been executed for trying to poison the Captain. Kes would have been executed as the leader of that attempt to overthrow Janeway.
Then Samantha Wildman would have been executed for being a supporter of the Neelix-Kes Faction. Naomi had been put in the brig and starved to death there as the daughter of a traitor.
Then Seven Of Nine would have been executed as a traitor and a Borg spy. The Doctor would have become the new Chief of Security.
Then Janeway would have been executed as an enemy of the Party and the State and for also being a Kazon spy. The Doctor would have taken over as the Captain of the ship.
Then the surviving 25-30 members of the crew would have shut down The Doctors program and declared him an enemy of the Party and the State, a Klingon spy and traitor. Lieutenant Rollins would have taken over as Captain of the ship.
And so on........
"That's Communism, m'sieu" as Elena Ceausescu used to say.