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En route to Risa just prior to being abducted by the Romulans, Geordi asks the shuttle computer what the weather is like down on the planet. The computer responds by telling him that Risa is climate-controlled for optimum tourist comfort.

Which tourists are in view? Humans only? Any humanoids? I find it hard to believe that all humanoids would be optimally comfortable in the same climate. Ferengis, Klingons, Bajorans, Andorians, Vorgons, and many others surely don't all agree precisely on what climate is best, comfort-wise, for "vacation" or rest.

Perhaps there are different areas on Risa, each with a different climate. Or maybe individuals can choose their own climate, as like in a holodeck.

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    It would certainly be odd if all of Risa had exactly the same climate, from the equator to the poles. They could do that with climate control, I suppose, but it seems likely to cause a great deal of trouble. Most likely each area is maintained at a climate similar to its original climate type, whatever that might be, but regulated to avoid storms and other excessive variations. Tourists can pick and choose. – Harry Johnston Feb 13 '17 at 5:12
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    @HarryJohnston It would be odd if an entire planet had the same climate, except that it's the sort of thing you see so often in (soft) SF. (eg Vulcan, Hoth, Tattooine, ...) – Adeptus Feb 13 '17 at 6:04
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    @Adeptus: any canon evidence that Vulcan doesn't have polar ice caps? (I suppose we see it from space occasionally, but I don't recall offhand.) Same goes for Tatooine. Ice planets like Hoth and Andor (?) are sound IMO. Some parts will be colder than others, but it's all going to look the same as far as we're concerned. – Harry Johnston Feb 13 '17 at 6:08
  • @HarryJohnston - Vulcan doesn't have any icecaps. – Valorum Feb 13 '17 at 8:50
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    @Valorum, it occurred to me yesterday evening that desert planets are really no different in this respect to ice planets, they could well have a wide range of climates, varying from mild desert to puddles-of-boiling-lead desert. I imagine you wouldn't see the difference from space. (Not that I think the writers put that much thought into it, I'm just saying the idea can be steelmanned.) – Harry Johnston Feb 13 '17 at 20:22
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According to the script for TNG: Captain's Holiday, the temperate is held at 83°F (28.3°C), perfect for humans and, presumably, Risian humanoids.

That temperature would be too low for comfort for a Vulcan and far too high for comfort for an Andorian.

Another perfect day at the Pleasure Haven. The temperature is the equivalent of a balmy eighty-three degrees Fahrenheit; a warm breeze prevents the heat from becoming oppressive, and the water (you'll have to take my word for it because we never get to see the ocean) is as clear and calm as a lake.

The implication seems to be that their weather control is planet-wide (hence the lack of polar ice or more active pursuits like skiing).

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    I don't see the implication. The quote only describes the weather at Pleasure Haven, a specific holiday ressort. – ths Feb 13 '17 at 12:59
  • This human thinks 28.3 °C is too hot, far from perfect. – chirlu Feb 13 '17 at 15:55
  • @chirlu - In which case you can nip over to the Risian Sexatorium until it cools off a little in the afternoon. – Valorum Feb 13 '17 at 15:56
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It seems like a lot of humanoids in Trek have roughly similar biological preferences. All of the species you listed - plus a bunch more - co-exist in the climate-controlled environment of a starship without significant difficulty.

If I were designing a climate-controlled tourist planet, I would set up resorts on every available biome and adjust from there: tropical islands for the Humans, deserts for the Vulcans, polar outposts for the Andorians, and whatever would make the Klingons most uncomfortable, since they seem to be into that. ;)

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    Klingons like pain, not discomfort. They'll enjoy a good round with the pain sticks, but hate the cold. – Politank-Z Feb 13 '17 at 5:23
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    Torture me like one of your french girls for breakfast. HARDER! But please no climate below freezing point. :/ – Trollwut Feb 13 '17 at 8:25
  • At least two of the species mentioned complain about the temperature on a Federation Starship. I guess when you're a minority, you're just expected to suck it up. – Valorum Feb 13 '17 at 15:58

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