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|By Graywand2||See other fanon and fan fiction works from Graywand2.|
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Aristocratic Authoritarian Oligarchy
|Head of State||
Emperor of the Romulan Star Empire
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Praetor of the Romulan Star Empire
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Early Romulan History
The Romulans progenitors, the Vulcans, were once an extremely violent and emotional people, waging almost constant warfare on one another. (TOS: "Balance of Terror") It is believed that, at one point, 90% of the planet Vulcan was at war. As their level of technology improved, the Vulcans eventually reached a point where their violent nature threatened the species' extinction. Finally, around AD 370, the ancient philosopher Surak, revered as the father of Vulcan civilization, led his people in a great reformation to reject their emotions in favor of a philosophy that embraced pure logic. He demonstrated enormous courage, working for peace in the face of war.(ENT: "Awakening)
One group, known as "those who march beneath the Raptor's wings" (the future Romulans), did not accept Surak's teachings and split off from the Vulcans at this time.(TOS: "The Savage Curtain")
Around 470 AD, the dissidents had left Vulcan, named their race the Romulans and eventually settled on the twin planets later named Romulus and Remus.(TNG: "Gambit, Part II"; ENT: "Awakening")
The Empire's first recorded contact with Humans occurred in 2152. The Starfleet vessel Enterprise NX-01, discovered a planet recently annexed by the Romulans, and was damaged by a cloaked spatial mine, part of a minefield surrounding the planet. A Bird-of-Prey warned the Enterprise off without a further exchange of fire.(ENT: "Minefield")
Romulans found advantage in the fractious relationships of Vulcan, Andoria, and Tellar existing before 2154. Earth, rising as a regional power in the early 2150s, practiced a mediating, even unifying, influence on its neighbors. The prospect of an alliance contrary to Romulan interests led to their covert attempts to destabilize the region and the fragile peace.(ENT: "Babel One", "United")
A collaboration with V'Las of the Vulcan High Command was part of a decades-long effort to "reunify" the cousins, presumably under Romulan rule. However, a group of Vulcans named Syrranites followed the logical teachings of Surak and were a threat to the Romulan plans of reunification.
Secretly working with a Romulan deep-cover agent within the Vulcan High Command known as Major Talok, V'Las framed the Syrranites for the destruction of the United Earth Embassy on Vulcan. The conspiracy ultimately led to the nearly-disastrous Battle of Andoria between Vulcan and the Andorian Empire in 2154.
After V'Las was deposed, Romulans precipitated the "Babel Crisis" by deploying telepresence-operated drone-ships equipped with chameleon-like camouflage systems. Though briefly wreaking havoc on regional shipping and diplomacy, the Romulan effort ultimately failed.
A temporary alliance of Human, Vulcan, Andorian and Tellarite starships thwarted the drone-ship threat, prompting closer diplomatic relations that eventually led to the Coalition of Planets.(ENT: "The Forge", "Kir'Shara", "Babel One", "United", "Demons")
Involvement in the Fire Nation War
In 2155, the Romulans, as part of another plan to pave the way for the expansion of the empire into the Alpha Quadrant, destroyed the Columbia and reached an agreement with Azula to turn the Columbia survivors over to them.(Prologue)
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