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In "Angel One," Commander Riker dons the clothing of Angel I before negotiating with Mistress Beata.

He tells a snickering Deanna Troi and Tasha Yar, "On Kabatris, I had to wear furs to meet with the leadership council, and on Armus IX I wore feathers."

Is it basically an issue of appealing to the wishes of his audience? Or is there a reason why an away-team leader may wish to don the native clothing?

This issue doesn't come up very often, so I assume that these particular worlds were really strict and had high opinions of themselves.

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  • Check out the following link as it explains a lot of the backstory behind the concepts and vision Roddenberry used when creating the themes portrayed and demonstrated throughout the franchise specifically those of TNG books.google.com/… – user111346 Feb 8 at 0:28
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    I'm not reading all of that! – Ham Sandwich Feb 8 at 0:29
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    Since there was no actual definite answer I extrapolated my best educated guess using that reference and others based on multiple documentaries, books and even licensed video games. I am a huge Trekkie so for me it was a great read. If you choose not to do so then I hope you can accept that I at least tried to find the relevant data and supply the results of my research. I won’t claim it as the gospel but I would like to think the answer I gave is as close to accurate as I can provide without spending a lot more time researching than I currently have available. – user111346 Feb 8 at 0:36
  • Thanks for your effort. Maybe I'll get to it later. – Ham Sandwich Feb 8 at 0:38
  • Angel One is also from first season. First season is really inconsistent with the other seasons. – Kai Feb 8 at 5:19
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I think you missed what Riker said immediately before. He intends for this to be a diplomatic mission. That includes honouring the host's traditions.

TROI: You're not going to wear that.

RIKER: Of course. Part of this mission is diplomatic. I have requested an audience with a head of state, and I will honour her by wearing indigenous apparel.

There are multiple examples of Picard doing this when making overtures to alien leaders.

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  • I'm pretty sure that last one is clothing they wore on the holodeck (20th century Earth program), not clothing appropriate to the alien species. – jaxad0127 Feb 11 at 18:09
  • @jaxad0127 - The clothing is holodeck period appropriate (to Picard's "Dixon Hill" holo-novel), but the alien-language speech, that he's very carefully prepared, is the diplomacy bit that I was referring to when I said that the senior crew often honour their host's traditions – Valorum Feb 11 at 18:22
  • The question is about clothing. I see nothing about language. – jaxad0127 Feb 11 at 20:01
  • @jaxad0127 - My answer was answering the more general point about observing the traditions of the host in diplomatic and ceremonial situations. That includes clothing, language and religious observation – Valorum Feb 11 at 21:02

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