United Federation of Planets

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The Federation, or at least parts of it, seem to operate on a socialist or even [[communism|communist]] economic model.  Evidence includes the lack of [[currency]] in many episodes, descriptions of the Federation's non-capitalist economy base, and government monopolies that appear to control space travel, interstellar communications, and scientific research.  In any event, their society is so far removed from a free market economy that many Federation citizens have completely forgotten about [[capitalism]]. Captain [[Picard]] and [[Beverly Crusher]] are both intelligent, educated people by Federation standards, yet neither one understood the concepts of investment or payment for services.<ref>[[TNG]] "The Neutral Zone"</ref>
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The Federation, or at least parts of it, seem to operate on a socialist or even [[communism|communist]] economic model.  Evidence includes the lack of [[currency]] in many episodes, descriptions of the Federation's non-capitalist economy base, and government monopolies that appear to control space travel, interstellar communications, and scientific research.  In any event, their society is so far removed from a free market economy that many Federation citizens are out of touch with basic [[capitalism|capitalist]] concepts: when 21st century humans were revived from suspended animation, Captain [[Jean-Luc Picard|Picard]] was stumped by a financier's desire to check on his investments, and [[Beverly Crusher|Dr. Crusher]] didn't understand the question when he asked to know the cost of his treatment.<ref>[[TNG]] "The Neutral Zone"</ref>
  
 
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