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Zek, 2370

Grand Nagus Zek

"Oh believe me, the Nagus has the greatest business mind in the entire Ferengi Alliance, always thinking ten, sometimes twenty steps ahead of everyone else."
– Quark, 2371 ("Prophet Motive")

The Grand Nagus was the leader of the Ferengi Alliance, and the financial leader of billions of Ferengi. (DS9: "Prophet Motive") Virtually all decisions that affected the Alliance required the approval of the Grand Nagus, whose power was backed by the Ferengi Bill of Opportunities and supported by the Board of Liquidators. (DS9: "Profit and Lace")

The Nagus's offices were located in the Tower of Commerce on Ferenginar, where he presided over the Alliance from the Chamber of Opportunity. Petitioners regularly sought to speak to the Nagus to solicit advice on business ventures and decisions. In doing so, they were required to pay their respects, literally (in a slip of gold-pressed latinum). After doing so, their petition was summarized by the First Clerk before the Nagus reached a decision. (DS9: "Family Business", "The Magnificent Ferengi", "Ferengi Love Songs") The FCA (Ferengi Commerce Authority) has the power to remove a Grand Nagus from office, though only in the rare circumstances that it is overwhelmingly obvious he has become medically or mentally unfit for the role (i.e. advancing senility). (DS9: "Ferengi Love Songs")

While greed and selfishness were considered respected traits for Ferengi, the Grand Nagus was expected to think for the greed of the entire Ferengi Alliance, not just his own. (DS9: "Ferengi Love Songs")

The Nagus resided in the Nagal Residence, which was said to contain latinum-plated fixtures. (DS9: "The Dogs of War") The Nagus always carried a staff and it was traditional for the Ferengi to kiss it upon meeting him. (DS9: "The Nagus", et al)

The Grand Nagus possessed the ability to appoint a Grand Proxy to act in his name in matters which he was unable or unwilling to deal with personally. (VOY: "False Profits")

A Nagus could also overrule the decisions of the Ferengi Commerce Authority if he so chose, such as in matters of business license revocation. (DS9: "Ferengi Love Songs")

Rom became Grand Nagus in late 2375, succeeding Zek. This came following a series of social reforms, among which was the introduction of the Congress of Economic Advisors, a new legislative body that limited the Nagus' power. (DS9: "The Dogs of War")

"It's a great responsibility to stand at the bow of the Ferengi ship of state. A Nagus has to navigate the waters of the Great Material Continuum, avoid the Shoals of Bankruptcy, and seek the strong winds of prosperity."
– Grand Nagus Zek, 2375 ("The Dogs of War")

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