For those of you out there shying away from the Ferengi because of FLETCH's intolerant views of Ferengi capabilities
, keep this in mind...
The Ferengi bring a few things to the fight that are a big plus:
1) Ferengi ships are immune to planetary attack
2) Ferengi have the RGA mission.
3) Ferengi can build free fighters in space.
4) A cloaking minelaying Scout that can start attacks with RGA missions.
While they may not have the strongest ship list in the game (Heavy ship is just average), they would be a GREAT ally to a fighter race in this Xenophobic one-ally game. Pick them and trade fighters for carriers with your ally then make FLETCH eat his words!
You fighter races (Borg and Dominion???) might keep that in mind...