Romulan Star Empire

The Romulan Star Empire is a major interstellar state encompassing the Romulan people and their subject worlds and species. The Empire is known for its xenophobic character and policies of extreme secrecy, subterfuge, and territorial expansionism. The Empire counts among the great powers in its region of the Milky Way Galaxy.

The Romulans originated from dissident Vulcans who rejected Surak’s philosophy of peace, during the Time of Awakening and emigrated from their homeworld around the 4th century. They settled on the planets Romulus and Remus, subjugating the native Remans in the process. The development of warp drive enabled the Romulans to expand their state into a Star Empire.

The ruling body of the Romulan Star Empire is the Romulan Senate, with each senator representing a province. The Senate is led by the Praetor, followed by the Proconsul and then the Vice-proconsul. The Praetor also presides over the Continuing Committee, a powerful body that holds authority over Senate members. Changes of government and attendant shifts in policy are not uncommon in the Empire.

The Romulan military is associated with the Romulan Star Empire. Members of the military train at the Imperial War College alongside members of the Tal Shiar, the separate intelligence agency of the Romulan government.

The Tal Shiar is the elite intelligence agency of the Romulan Star Empire. It is a highly-respected and feared force in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants. Its purpose is guarding the security of the Empire, both from the Romulans’ interstellar enemies – most notably in the past the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire – as well as from traitors within the Romulan population itself. The covert, often invisible presence of the Tal Shiar keeps the general populace in a constant state of paranoia. Dissent and dissatisfaction with the status quo are met with severe punishment and dissidents were often known to “disappear”.

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