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Questions tagged [romulan]

A humanoid species from the planet Romulus in the Star Trek universe. They are an offshoot of the Vulcans, but primarily appear as antagonists in Star Trek. Use this tag, together with the [star-trek] tag, for questions concerning the Romulans, the Romulan Star Empire, the culture of Romulus, and Romulan activities in Star Trek episodes and films.

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What is the in-universe origin of the Vulcan salute (within Vulcan culture)?

In Star Trek lore, the Vulcans are a logical, passive race with telepathic abilities. Because of this, they generally refrain from physical contact with strangers. The famous "Vulcan Salute" is a ...
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Is there a reliable way to differentiate between a Vulcan and a Romulan? [duplicate]

In the universe of Star Trek, Vulcans and Romulans were one species as late as the fourth century CE, about two thousand years prior to the TNG era. Is there a reliable or standard way to tell the ...
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Klingon war ships to Romulan

The Klingons gave the Romulans some older warships with dilithium warp cores. Why do Romulan Warbirds use quantum singularities instead?
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Do any other TNG-era Romulans lack brow ridges?

In the second half of the TNG episode "Unification", Ambassador Spock is hanging out on Romulus teaching the Romulans about Vulcan culture. While attempting to find him, Captain Picard & Data both ...
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What is the penalty for unlawful possession of Romulan Ale in the Federation?

Romulan Ale is illegal in the Federation for decades, but both Kirk and Picard and their senior crews are seemingly able to acquire it without too much difficulty, implying that enforcement of the ban ...
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Is Sybok a Romulan?

Mr. Spock's half-brother Sybok is emotional and basically crazy. He doesn't follow the Vulcan's way of logic so does that mean he's a Romulan?
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Do Romulans have a Katra?

As an off-shoot of the Vulcan race, I'm wondering if the Romulans try to hold onto a deceased persons Katra. I know life is cheap to them, but I had to ask and see if anyone knows the answer. Do they ...
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Why is “Romulan is a dirty word in the writers’ room” for Star Trek: Discovery?

In the first episode "O Discovery, Where Art Thou?" of After Trek, executive producer Aaron Harberts alluded to the difficulty of dealing with Romulans at this point in the timeline. Aaron made the ...
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Is it known if the Scimitar can charge and/or fire its thalaron weapon while cloaked?

The Remus Warbird Scimitar had what is commonly referred to as a "perfect" cloaking device which is one that allows the vessel to fire weapons while cloaked. It also had an additional unique armament ...
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Why are the crew surprised at Romulan cloaking technology in the “Enterprise Incident”?

In the beginning of the season 3 TOS episode "The Enterprise Incident", the Enterprise crew are taken off guard by the sudden appearance of two additional Romulan ships. When Kirk asks Spock, he ...
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Are there any (canon) differences between Klingon and Romulan cloaking devices?

In Trek lore, the Klingons originally obtained cloaking technology from the Romulans (during their ill-fated alliance, IIRC). My question is, are there any official/canon sources that would ...
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Why did the Romulans loan a cloaking device to the Federation in DS9?

All through TNG, the Romulans were locked in a cold war with the Federation. Then at the end of Season 2 of DS9, they suddenly loan the Federation a cloaking device for use in the Defiant. This felt ...
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Why were Romulans “impressed and seemingly confused” by Humans?

In the Memory Alpha article, Romulan, under Section 2.1 External Affairs: First Contact, it says, Romulans were aware of Humanity for some time before Earth knew of them. Infiltrating the highest ...
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Who was in the Romulus system first - Romulans or Remans?

We know that Romulan heritage goes back to Vulcan, so the Romulans weren't native to Romulus. But where does their arrival fit on the Reman evolution timeline? So which species was in the Romulus ...
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What made Romulan Ale Romulan?

What made Romulan Ale Romulan? That it was made from a Romulan recipe, or that it was made on Romulus? After the destruction of Romulus, was any new Romulan Ale produced?
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Why were the Romulans so blase about the Dominion after it gained a foothold in the Alpha Quadrant?

Early on in season three the Romulans seemed to consider the Dominion a threat even though they were still on the other side of the wormhole, as shown by their actions in the following episodes: The ...
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Was the use of Klingon ships by Romulans ever given an off screen explanation?

I DO NOT want any in-universe explanations or answers for this. I'm interested, strictly, in the decisions made by the producers. In The Enterprise Incident we see Romulans using Klingon ships (or ...
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What happens to old Romulan ships? [duplicate]

Romulan ships, unlike Federation starships, run on quantum singularities rather than matter-antimatter reactions. Although this provides a lot of energy and is extremely efficient, you can't exactly '...
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Out of Universe, was Romulan bridge design influenced by The TARDIS?

As a fan of both franchises, something has long nagged at me. Looking at the bridges of several Romulan vessels, I can't help but notice a common design element: a central column which some or all of ...
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How did they make it look like Agent Sloan from Section 31 was disintegrated in front of the Romulan council?

DS9 "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges": NERAL: It is the finding of this Committee that Senator Cretak has conspired to commit treason against the State. Sentence to be determined at a later date. ...
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Do we ever hear the Romulan language being spoken?

In Star Trek we occasionally hear alien languages being spoken, notably Klingon every now and again, and Vulcan features infrequently. The third major alien species that features regularly is the ...
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What kind of bird was painted on the Romulan Warbird featured in the “Balance of Terror” Star Trek TOS episode?

What type of bird was depicted on the Romulan Warbird featured in the Star Trek: TOS episode "Balance of Terror"? I imagine Romulus has several species that would be considered worthy of being called "...
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How is Data able to program in or have availability of the landscape on Romulus but not Romulan Ale?

In the TNG episode "The Defector" Data indicates (to a Romulan visitor) that Romulan Ale is not available to be replicated: SETAL: I thought it would bring me some comfort. But these are not my ...
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What did the Romulans do with the internal space of D'deridex-class ships?

Sorry if this question was already asked, but even if we accept that a D'deridex-class warbird was 1,041 meters long, it still has several times the internal space of a Galaxy-class starship, itself ...
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How would Starfleet know what a Romulan looks like in Star Trek 2009?

In TOS, Kirk's Enterprise encounters a Romulan warbird for the first time, after it had destroyed several Starfleet outposts along the Neutral Zone. When they see the ship's captain, they are ...
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Why did the guards at the prison camp on Carraya IV carry weapons?

In the begining of "Birthright. Part II" episode (Star Trek Next Generation 6x17) we see a camp on Carraya IV, where If that's so, why guards are carrying weapons? Against who they need to defend ...
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What particular war is Worf referencing in TNG : Birthright. Part II?

In the begining of "Birthright. Part II" Worf is captured in a camp on Carraya IV and talks with Klingons about the Khitomer Massacre. When being questioned, he replies: "that war is over" What ...
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What were commander Toreth true intentions?

Either I'm missing something or Romulan commander Toreth intentions, presented in "Face of the enemy" episode are changing from one point of view to another and back through episode. In first "...
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Why are Romulans using warp scale?

Following this question, why are Romulans using warp scale for speed when it’s clearly a Federation unit? They do so in many episodes (for example in "Face of the enemy"), while at the same time using ...
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If Romulans so deceitful and vicious, how can they make any allies?

In the middle of "The Next Phase" a Romulan scientific officer decides to destroy the Enterprise, even though Enterprise was the only ship to respond to their distress call and actually have saved ...
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Are Romulan scientists involved in politics?

In the middle of "The Next Phase" episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a Romulan scientific officer (the top rank one at that moment) decides to destroy the Enterprise. This is clearly political ...
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Were Remans truly such great bodyguards and soldiers, given their light-sensitivity?

While reading Reman definition at Memory Alpha, I found this piece of text: As Remus was a tidally locked planet, the Remans live on its dark side, and thus were extremely sensitive to light. ...
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Can Romulans initiate a mind meld?

Given the common ancestry of the Romulans and the Vulcans, and that the Romulans emigrated only about 2,000 years ago (in the TNG era: a drop in the bucket in terms of evolutionary biology), should ...