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Romulan Star Empire

Emblem of the Romulan Star Empire, c. 2379

Emblem of the Romulan Star Empire, c. 2379
Location: Alpha Quadrant
Beta Quadrant
Capital: Romulus
Head of State: Empress of the Romulan Star Empire
Head of Government: Praetor of the Romulan Star Empire
Legislature: Imperial Senate of the Romulan Star Empire
Major Species: Romulans
Remans
Military: Romulan military
Intelligence Service: Tal Shiar
Language: Romulan
Reman

Emblem of the Romulan Star Empire, c.2368

Emblem of the Romulan Star Empire, c.2368

The Romulan Star Empire (or simply Romulan Empire) was a major galactic regional power from the 22nd through 24th centuries, encompassing the Romulan people and their subject worlds and species. The Empire was known for its xenophobic character and policies of extreme secrecy and territorial protectionism.

History Edit

See: Romulan history

Romulan space Edit

The Romulan Star Empire was surrounded by the Cardassian Union, the United Federation of Planets, and the Klingon Empire. The Federation-Romulan border was defined by a fixed border known as the Romulan Neutral Zone. (TOS: "Balance of Terror", DS9: "In the Pale Moonlight") There was also a distant Romulan border near the outer edges of the Alpha Quadrant, in a region of space where Starfleet starships operated on deep space missions in the 2370s. (VOY: "Message in a Bottle")

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Subject species Edit

Politics Edit

In external application, Romulan political agendas appeared largely unified over the centuries. Their goals focused on maintaining Imperial security through vigilance, and negating the perceived advantages of their rivals. Both goals were accompanied by a near-paranoid reticence to reveal information, even facts as basic as their racial identity, that might illuminate other Romulan ambitions or motivations. Short of war, the means to those ends have generally varied between favored methods:

Talok

Major Talok, an instrument of covert foreign-policy, in 2154

Romulan Neutral Zone map

Partial map of the Neutral Zone shown in 2266

The Empire did resort to open warfare when it was deemed necessary, but in typical fashion, their reasons for war were less than candidly expressed, as in the Earth-Romulan War and the enigmatic Tomed Incident of 2311. Unlike the Klingon objectives of the Federation-Klingon War (2267), Romulans do not appear to have gone to war with neighboring powers under a flag of "expansion", and no competition existed for the development of Class M worlds along the Romulan Neutral Zone. Romulans expressed little resentment for the negotiated Zone they zealously guarded, and following their conflicts, the Empire withdrew behind the safety of the buffer for many decades of self-imposed isolation from Federation affairs. (TOS: "Balance of Terror", "Errand of Mercy", "The Trouble with Tribbles"; TNG: "The Neutral Zone")

After a clone intended to replace decorated Starfleet Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Shinzon, turned on the Romulans and committed a coup in 2379, the Federation (including Picard himself) helped stop Shinzon's plans of interstellar domination. The Romulans at that point suggested that an era of warmer relations may be beginning with the Federation. (Star Trek Nemesis)

Government Edit

Romulan senate floor, 2379

Romulan Senate (2379)

Romulan Continuing Committee

The Continuing Committee (2375)

The Romulan Star Empire was ruled by the Romulan Senate, which was overseen by the Praetor. The Continuing Committee was another powerful government body the praetor presided over. In 2373, Q considered the Romulan empress as an adequate mate. (DS9: "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges"; VOY: "The Q and the Grey"; Star Trek Nemesis)

The Senate represented an oligarchy; like an authoritarian system, an oligarchy is controlled by a small group of individuals, who govern mainly in their own interest. Clearly, given Tal Shiar ubiquity, the Romulans had a dictatorship; however, relatively little is known about the Romulan civil legal system.

The political structure of the Romulan Star Empire is unknown, but it seemed to be unitary, since the central governments held all power.

The Romulan Senate dispatched ambassadors from time to time, including Caithlin Dar to the Planet of Galactic Peace and Nanclus to the United Federation of Planets. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier; Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

Military Edit

See Romulan military for full information.
Romulan bird-of-prey, ENT-aft, cloaking

Bird-of-Prey, 2152

The Romulan military is a powerful force in the Alpha Quadrant. Despite being defeated by Earth in the Earth-Romulan War of the 2150s, the Romulan Star Empire continued to be a powerful presence, not afraid to tempt Starfleet by entering the Neutral Zone. Romulan forces were a deciding factor in the Dominion War, whose entry in 2374 turned the tide of war in favor of the Allies. (TOS: "Balance of Terror"; DS9: "In the Pale Moonlight")

Romulan military operations are supported and planned by the War Plans Council, a high-level government agency.

The uniforms used by the Romulan military employ varying patterns and colors, which don't appear to have anything to do with the wearer's position or rank. It is unknown what they do mean; some fans speculate the different colors and patterns refer to family or clan affiliation.

Besides regular forces, the Romulan Tal Shiar also has its own fleet of starships, and are a ruthless and powerful organization within the Empire and beyond.

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Science and TechnologyEdit

Romulan cloaking device

Cloaking device

The Romulan Ministry of Science oversaw the scientific research of the Romulan Star Empire. The Romulan Astrophysical Academy was a division within the Romulan science community. (DS9: "When It Rains..."; VOY: "Eye of the Needle")

After the brief Romulan-Klingon Alliance in 2268, the Romulans exchanged their cloaking technology for the D7-class battle cruisers. (TOS: "The Enterprise Incident")

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Appendices Edit

Related topics Edit

Background information Edit

The double-headed bird of prey emblem of the Romulan Star Empire was first introduced in "The Neutral Zone". The symbol was designed by Monte Thrasher. (The Official Star Trek: The Next Generation Magazine, Vol. 12, p. 54) A Romulan emblem was seen in "The Enterprise Incident", though it was never used again. [1]

Apocrypha Edit

In many non-canon novels of the TOS-era, such as in Diane Duane's Rihannsu series, the Romulans are synonymously called "Rihannsu." Their home star is Eisn, known to Humans as 128 Trianguli.

In the video game Star Trek: Encounters, the Romulans mostly play the villain role in the levels based on Star Trek: The Next Generation. However, in the game's last level, a temporal anomaly near Earth causes the USS Defiant to briefly appear in an alternate timeline where the Romulan Empire has conquered the Federation.

In Star Trek Online, the Empire is in a state of inner turmoil after the destruction of their homeworld due to a supernova. They are now led by Empress Sela and blame the Federation for the destruction of their home planet, an event that led to a renewal of hostilities between the Romulan Empire and the Federation. Members of the Reman resistance and the Vulcan reunification movement have also established a Romulan Republic on "New Romulus" as a democratic state, allied with the Federation and the Klingon Empire in opposition to Sela's dictatorial regime. The new Romulan Republic play a major role in STO's first expansion, Legacy of Romulus.

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