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Ferengi ranks was a hierarchical collective command structure, utilized by the Ferengi military, represented by various combinations of rank insignia, including pips and braids worn on the Ferengi uniform, combined with a small green tattoo worn on the right lobe.

Tattoos Edit

The tattoo worn by Ferengi officers consisted of the Ferengi logo, and depending on rank, additional chevrons next to the logo. For example, in many cases, a DaiMon's tattoo consisted of the logo and two chevrons. (TNG: "The Last Outpost", "The Battle", "Peak Performance", "The Price", "The Perfect Mate", "Rascals")

Debuting in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Last Outpost" was Michael Okuda's Ferengi insignia, which "stems from a design literally meaning "dog eat dog," colored green for greed, envy, and the color of money." Michael Westmore then established, using the Ferengi insignia, "the system by which the insignia tattooed on a military Ferengi's right lobe roughly denotes rank; from no "rocker" hashmarks up to three." (Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, p. 38)

Pips Edit

Highest ranking officers, like DaiMons Bractor, Tog, and Goss wore two sets of small golden or silver curved metal pieces attached to the top of their collars and arranged in a yin/yang pattern. Omag, also wore the same number of insignia, but did not wear a tattoo.

Lower ranking officers, like Doctor Arridor, Berik, and Morta only wore one of these insignia on each part of the collar and most officers wore no such insignia at all, such as Kol and Solok.

The Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion (p. 92) notes that the new "yin-yang collar pips" were indeed used for "signifying rank."

Stripes Edit

Another indication of rank were thin silver stripes at the lower part of the sleeves. Again, higher-ranking officers wore two stripes on each sleeve (Omag and Solok, for example); while lower ranking officers, like Qol wore one each and Ferengi of the lowest ranks wore no stripes (Nibor, Kol).

This chart shows only general equivalencies based on the ranks used by many governments on Earth, as well as the rest of the galaxy.

Background information Edit

Ferengi rank tattoos

Ferengi rank tattoo concept art

Aside from the frequently referenced "DaiMon", no other rank titles were ever stated to correspond with the evidential attempt to indicate such a hierarchy.

At one point during TNG Season 1, Mike Okuda drew up concept art, dated 13 August 1987, that in accordance to their purported "mercantile preoccupation", gave the following tattoo-based rank designations:

  • No chevron indicated "crewmembers"
  • One chevron indicated a "salesman, third class" (using Letek as an example)
  • Two chevrons indicated a "salesman, second class" (using Taar as an example)
  • Three chevrons indicated a "salesman, first class (assistant manager)"

The last version of the tattoo was never seen on the show, but was indicated to be reserved for a "future big guys". (Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Continuing Mission, p. 62)

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