Are Romulans, Vulcans and Remans the same race? I know that around the 4th century Vulcans who rejected the teachings of Surak (whom they call The Dissembler) left Vulcan to go to Romulus, but who are the Remans? According to Memory Beta, they are betrayed miners who were turned into slaves after voluntarily going to mine Remus, if this is true there is still the question of why the Remans are telepathic whilst the Romulans aren't.

So my main question is, why are Remans telepathic while Romulans aren't.

  • I've moved your stated main question to the title.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Feb 18, 2020 at 21:51

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According to the TOS Vulcan's Soul novels: Exiles and Epiphany, Romulan followers of Surak who possessed the telepathic abilities among their kind were banished to Remus.

The less answered question is why Romulans do not have telepathy. Fan theories, and theories in-universe, have included:

  • the Romulans lacking the mental discipline.

  • Romulan emotion blocking the ability to access the mental gifts.

  • the government eradicating any sign of mental gifts, since such people could be harmful to the current order.

  • the psychic gifts are the result of exposure to the harsh environments of such planets as Remus and Vulcan and Romulus is too comfortable a world to trigger such abilities.

  • Also, the TNG 2-part episode where Picard goes under cover to infiltrate a group of smugglers who end up reassembling an ancient Vulcan psychic weapon may provide a clue. It is said in this episode that the weapon lost its effectiveness as the Surak followers learned to control their emotions. Perhaps the exiles who later became the Romulans, devastated by their loss and exile, determined that their mental powers and the requisite mental disciplines were a waste of time.
    – RobJarvis
    Jul 7, 2021 at 20:05

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