Romulan Star Empire/History
The Romulans are an offshoot of the Vulcan civilization who broke away to settle on the twin planets of Romulus and Remus. Romulans are passionate people, in direct contrast to their emotionless Vulcan counterparts, and they pride themselves as both intellectuals and cunning warriors. The Romulan Star Empire relied more on stealth and subterfuge than overt military action, a tactic which led to the development of the cloaking device and the formation of the Tal Shiar, the special intelligence branch of the Romulan military. The Romulan Star Empire was controlled by the Romulan Senate, which was presided over by the Praetor.
The Romulans’ earliest recorded military action was the century-long Romulan-Vulcan war, which was later followed by a conflict with Earth forces around the year 2160. This conflict ended with the creation of the Romulan Neutral Zone, which remained unviolated until the year 2266, when a Romulan ship entered the expanse. The Romulans then entered a brief alliance with the Klingon Empire, which resulted in an exchange of military technology and allowed the Romulans access to Klingon vessel designs. Following the Tomed Incident in 2311, the Romulans adopted an isolationist policy which lasted until 2364, when they again emerged to investigate early Borg activity near the Neutral Zone. Romulan-Federation relations remained strained until a brief yet reluctant alliance against the Cardassians and Dominion in the Dominion War.
In the aftermath of the Dominion War, the Federation and the Romulan Star Empire were the two greatest powers in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants, but the Hobus supernova destroyed Romulus and Remus in 2387, fracturing the empire as various factions vied for power. Some, such as the Romulan Republic, broke away completely, though the Empire considers the Republic a rogue state that remains part of its territory. Both the Romulan military and the Tal Shiar consolidated considerable power since the destruction of the original Senate, and with their support, Rator III asserted itself as the new capital of the Romulan Star Empire in 2392.
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