^ It's funny you should say that Charles
, I was only thinking the other day about how the production team originally thought the Ferengi were going to be "the new Klingons"... on some level I actually think maybe the Cardassians were more like an update of the TOS Klingons than any other adversary. Black hat villains who took great pleasure in simply 'being' the Big Bad. And they served that function exceptionally well in both DS9 and in their sporadic TNG appearances.
"Well the Ferengi failed, we need a culture that can actually talk like they're possessed of an IQ above 100. What shall we base their culture on since capitalism failed?"