Black market (organization)
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- This page is about the organization. For the second season episode in which the black market first appears, see Black Market.
The black market is an underground organization within the Fleet through which illicit and unofficial trades of goods, both essential and exotic, are executed. Prometheus is described by Tom Zarek as the "hub of the black market" (TRS: "Black Market").
Until the episode "Black Market", the underground organization was headed by Phelan. Under Phelan, the black market regularly withheld inventory to inflate prices. The black market was also known for other dealings, some of which crossed the line between "merely" illegal and completely anathematic.
After Phelan's death, Lee Adama explains to Phelan's likely successors that, as long as these shady practices stop, the black market will be allowed to continue business. Despite the President's misgivings, the black market still functions within the Fleet, and is essential in distributing hard to find supplies.
- Though some prostitution was arranged by the Black Market, the practice is not, of itself, illegal.