|Satellites:||At least two moons|
|Location:||About 90 light years from the Sol system|
|Affiliation:||United Federation of Planets|
Classified as M class, Risa (or the Pleasure Planet) was an inhabited planet. The planet had at least two moons. This was the homeworld of the Risians, a warp capable humanoid species. The planet was located in a binary system. This system, located about 90 light years from the Sol system, was in the Alpha Quadrant. The planet was a Federation member.
Culture and climate
Originally a dismal, rain-soaked, and geologically unstable planet covered with vast jungles and plagued by violent earthquakes, the native Risians transformed their world with a technologically sophisticated weather control network that provided nearly constantly desirable weather, and seismic regulators to eliminate the geological instability for optimum tourist comfort. By at least the mid-22nd century, Risa became known for its beautiful tropical resorts and abundance of pristine beaches making it a popular tourist destination in the Alpha Quadrant. (ENT: "Two Days and Two Nights"; TNG: "The Mind's Eye"; DS9: "Let He Who Is Without Sin...")
Risa was most noted for the frank and open sexuality of its native population. Identified by a decorative emblem on their foreheads between the eyes, Risians often initiate or respond to the desire for sexual relations through the use of a small statuette called a horga'hn, the Risian symbol of sexuality or fertility. Display of a horga'hn announced that the owner wished to participate in jamaharon, a Risian sexual rite. (TNG: "Captain's Holiday")
- Suraya Bay, where the Lohlunat, the Festival of the Moon, was held.
- Galartha, a cliff face that changes pitch while you climb it.
- One recommended restaurant was a little boat that sails into the bay every evening just after sunset. Patrons waded out to it, and they served seafood right off the deck.
- Subterranean Gardens with luminescent plants.
- Steam-pool said to be very relaxing. (ENT: "Two Days and Two Nights")
- Water Recreation Park (VOY: "Riddles")
There were many nightclubs, but the Vulcan database advises visitors be wary of the occasional crime. Commander Tucker and Lieutenant Reed, for example, were left tied up in their underwear by two alien thieves who were disguised as two "gorgeous" Risian females. (ENT: "Two Days and Two Nights")
History and visitations
In 2135, and while working for the Vulcan Ministry of Security, T'Pol tracked down the fugitive Vulcan operatives Menos and Jossen to Risa and pursued them into the planet's jungles. She killed Jossen but Menos escaped. (ENT: "The Seventh")
In 2152, the Enterprise NX-01 visited Risa for two days for some shore leave. This stop-over marked the first official visit of an Earth starship to Risa and also the farthest any Human had traveled from the Sol system up until then. (ENT: "Two Days and Two Nights")
Also during the 22nd century, a time-travelling scientist from the 27th century called Kal Dano came to Risa. Here he hid his invention called Tox Uthat, a device capable of halting all nuclear fusion within a star, from Vorgon criminals who considered it to be a formidable weapon.
In 2366, Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise-D followed his first officer's recommendation and took a shore-leave on Risa, where he met Vash, a Human archaeologist who claimed to be searching for the Tox Uthat. In fact, however, she had already found it buried in a cave, but wanted to conceal her discovery from other interested factions. When Picard discovered her deception and the Vorgon's longing for the dangerous device, he destroyed it. (TNG: "Captain's Holiday"; DS9: "Q-Less")
Geordi La Forge was scheduled to attend an artificial intelligence seminar on Risa in late 2367. He was ordered by Captain Picard to arrive a few days early to have some fun and relax. However, several hours before his arrival he was kidnapped by Romulans and replaced by a double who attended the seminar in his place. (TNG: "The Mind's Eye")
According to Starfleet Intelligence, it was believed that Federation Ambassador Krajensky was kidnapped by the Dominion while visiting Risa in 2371, so that he could be replaced by a Changeling impersonator. (DS9: "The Adversary")
Hoping to stop her from further helping the Maquis, Benjamin Sisko told Kasidy Yates they should visit Risa. Yates turned him down, but told him she would meet him there if he wanted to travel there alone in a runabout. (DS9: "For the Cause")
Jadzia Dax, Worf, Julian Bashir, Leeta and Quark all visited Risa in 2373. During their visit, the New Essentialist Movement temporarily gained access to the planetary weather control system, with help from a disillusioned Worf. Later, control of the system was restored when Worf refused to continue the demonstration. (DS9: "Let He Who Is Without Sin...")
At some point in 2373, Raimus was on Risa and talked a Starfleet officer who was in command of the weather control system there to become an informant for the Orion Syndicate. (DS9: "Honor Among Thieves")
When Grand Nagus Zek disappeared in mid-2375, Quark believed he was probably on Risa. In fact, he had traveled to the mirror universe. Zek himself knew that Quark would say he was on Risa. (DS9: "The Emperor's New Cloak")
Following the Battle of Cardassia and the prospect of a larger battle with the Dominion, Ezri Dax told Captain Sisko that "all things considered, I'd rather be on Risa." Sisko noted "that makes two of us." (DS9: "What You Leave Behind")
Points of interest
Classified as M class, the planet Risa (Epsilon Ceti B II) was admitted into the United Federation of Planets in 2249. The Risan Hegemony governed the planet from the capital city Nuvia. The population of Risa in 2378 was 2.81 billion, and, in an average year, up to 1.3 billion tourists visited the world. In the late 24th century, Risa was named as a destination on the major space lanes. (Star Trek: Star Charts, pages 37 & 53)
- DS9: "Let He Who Is Without Sin..."