The Romulans are a race from the twin
home-worlds Romulus and Remus
in the Beta Quadrant. The Romulans are a secretive people who
were originally part of the Vulcan race.
The Romulan Star Empire
was founded around two thousand years ago by a group of dissident
Vulcans who did not adhere to the Vulcan teachings of logic and
reason. Unlike their Vulcan cousins, the Romulans remained a
passionate people with an absolute certainty of right and wrong,
who is a friend and who is an enemy.
Romulans are not as violent as
many Federation enemies such as the
Jem'Hadar and frequently try to learn more about their
enemies before making the first move in a hostile situation. The
Romulans aren't as openly aggressive as the Klingons
or as passive as the Vulcans, instead attempting to keep
themselves and their technology hidden from their enemies.
The Romulan Empire has a long
history of conflict with other major powers, interrupted by
periods of almost isolation. Their empire has grown and expanded
largely through war and conquest of its neighbours. While the
Romulans possess strong emotions, they seem to be utterly devoid
of any empathy for those they subjugate. For all these excesses,
the Romulans are still considered to be a highly honourable
people by friend and foe alike.
First encountered almost two
centuries ago, the Romulans have been a persistent thorn in the
side of the Federation, with a neutral zone set up between the
two superpowers established in the Treaty of Algeron
separating the two territories. This one light year size buffer
zone remained secure for decades until 2266 when a Romulan Warbird
crosses as a test of Federation resolve.
Romulans pride themselves on their
intellect and may have contributed towards the dissolution of
their short alliance with Klingons, whom they see as being too
barbaric. During this alliance, an exchange of technology and
starship designs occur that benefit both races, especially the
Klingons, who obtain basic cloaking technology and the design for
As with the Cardassian
Obsidian Order, the Romulans also have a secret unit for
intelligence gathering and covert operations. Known as the
Tal Shiar, they are one of the most ruthless
organisations in the quadrant and inspire fear in all Romulans.
The Tal Shiar embark on a futile mission with the Obsidian Order
to destroy the Dominion in the Gamma quadrant.
This mission severely weakens the elite unit and leaves the
Empire vulnerable to attack.