NOG: It says here that humans didn’t even have currency until five thousand years ago. Let alone banking, speculative investments or a unified global economy. QUARK: They’re a primitive, backward people, Nog. Pity them. NOG: But think about it, uncle. That means they went from being savages with a simple barter system to leaders of a vast interstellar Federation in only five thousand years! It took us twice as long to establish the Ferengi Alliance, and we had to buy warp technology from the– QUARK: Five thousand, ten thousand, what’s the difference? The speed of technological advancement isn’t nearly as important as short-term quarterly gains.