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How can Picard have a Romulan housekeeper?

The Romulan Star Empire appears to be gone The supernova decimated the Romulans. While they may still have a government, they clearly are no longer the political power they were during the TNG era. We ...
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Why is "Romulan is a dirty word in the writers’ room" for Star Trek: Discovery?

Between the end of The Romulan War and the original series episode Balance of Terror, there had been little or no contact between the Romulan Star Empire and the Federation. Kirk didn't know what a ...
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Why did the Romulans loan a cloaking device to the Federation in DS9?

With the revelation of the Wormhole and the Dominion the Federation wanted to explore the Gamma Quadrant and learn anything they could about them. The Romulans were also interested in this, and ...
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Why did the Romulans loan a cloaking device to the Federation in DS9?

Consider the Romulan's position. There was a new region of space suddenly accessible, with none of the history or diplomatic complexity of the Alpha Quadrant. They need information, or else they risk ...
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Was the use of Klingon ships by Romulans ever given an off screen explanation?

The original model Bird-of-Prey was destroyed by the model maker, Wah Ming Chang. Herb Solow and Robert Justman's book Star Trek: The Inside Story explains that a union grievance had been filed for ...
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How did Romulans and Vulcans split 1600 years before developing warp drive?

Canon The answer is probably 'very very slowly'. We know that the Vulcans have had the capability of limited space flight for multiple thousands of years by the age of the Vulcan Monastery on P'Jem ...
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Why were the Romulans so blase about the Dominion after it gained a foothold in the Alpha Quadrant?

The Romulans enjoyed their Alpha Quadrant brethrens' plight and were happy to be part of a winning alliance rather than wage a possibly hopeless war. At first, it was the shared belief of the Alpha ...
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Did previous Star Trek series establish Romulan distrust of androids?

No. This anti-android stuff is new to the Picard show. See a comparison to TNG's the Defector.
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Is Sybok a Romulan?

No, Sybok was Vulcan. Sybok was the son of Sarek and an unnamed Vulcan princess. He is biologically %100 Vulcan. Sybok did not want to follow the teachings of Surak. This is indeed what the caused the ...
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How can Picard have a Romulan housekeeper?

The political landscape has changed dramatically. First of all, we learned in Star Trek (2009) that the destruction of the Hobus star in 2387 had obliterated the home solar system of the Romulan ...
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How can a single-planet species pose a threat to the Federation?

The Klingons and the Romulans control vast expanses of space. They have colonized many planets and have a population that might be rivalling that of the Federation. There's a reason they're called '...
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What made Romulan Ale Romulan?

The official Star Trek web site maintains a brief, but very informative database entry on Romulan ale, known in the Romulan tongue as "kali-fal": An infamous blue alchoholic beverage with a ...
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How did Lt. Stiles know that Romulan ships are painted with a bird of prey?

The very next lines in Balance of Terror explain that Stiles knows it through family members who had served in the war a century before: STILES: You'll know, sir. They're painted like a giant bird-of-...
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Are there any (canon) differences between Klingon and Romulan cloaking devices?

We know that Klingons have the technical ability and know-how to modify the cloak. In Star Trek VI, they have a bird of prey that can fire weapons while cloaked, a no-no even up to the Voyager era (...
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Why did Romulans attack Khitomer and why did Ja'rod (father of Duras) help?

To answer your first question: despite what Worf says in the first season, the Romulans and Klingons weren't really allies any more by that point. Indeed, the attack on Narendra III where the ...
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Why are the crew surprised at Romulan cloaking technology in the "Enterprise Incident"?

From The Enterprise Incident's Memory Alpha Continuity section: The Romulans have improved their cloaking system since "Balance of Terror" and "The Deadly Years". In the former, Spock refers to it ...
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Was the use of Klingon ships by Romulans ever given an off screen explanation?

As John Sensebe said in a comment, it may be because the original model for the Romulan ship was lost, as stated in this article from startrek.com: After filming, the Bird of Prey model disappeared,...
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How did Romulans and Vulcans split 1600 years before developing warp drive?

The earliest period in Vulcan prehistory we have any information about was many thousands of years before the split between Vulcans and Romulans. In "Return to Tomorrow" the Enterprise ...
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Who was in the Romulus system first - Romulans or Remans?

The Remans are the indigenous population of Remus According to the database on the official Star Trek web site, the Remans are the native population of Remus: Humanoid, light-sensitive native ...
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How is this mild Picard spoiler possible?

It's unclear what really happened in the Neutral Zone, and if the Borg actually assimilated anyone It might be a plot hole, but there really is no sufficient information on what happened. This is ...
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How did Lt. Stiles know that Romulan ships are painted with a bird of prey?

Nothing in the quotes you've provided supports the conclusion that this was the first time the Federation had seen Romulan ships. Nor was there even ship-to-ship, visual communication; The absence ...
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How did the Tal Shiar rebuild but the Obsidian Order couldn't?

The Tal Shiar had more support from the government. It was customary for the head of the Tal Shiar to sit on the Continuing Committee, the highest advisors to the Praetor, and some high-ranking Tal ...
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How can a single-planet species pose a threat to the Federation?

A military threat is created when the population and the industrial potential of a species are diverted to military purposes. There is a proverb that in war, nobody is ever killed by a piece of gross ...
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Why did Romulans attack Khitomer and why did Ja'rod (father of Duras) help?

Based on similar events years later I think we can make some deductions. Ja'rod being from a prominent klingon house no doubt was deeply invested in the Romulan alliance that had briefly failed a few ...
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A comment from Michael Chabon reveals that Romulan marriages are threesomes; has this ever been mentioned before?

As far as I know, this suggestion by him has not appeared in a canonical episode. It might even be contradicted by Season 2 Episode 1 of Picard, "The Star Gazer", where Romulan housekeeper ...
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How can Picard have a Romulan housekeeper?

As I see it, there are two parts to the question. Why are they working for Picard, and in apparently subservient roles? AND How are they permitted by Authorities to be so close with Picard? To ...
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What is the in-universe origin of the Vulcan salute (within Vulcan culture)?

As far as I know, they never devised an in-universe origin of the Vulcan salute. Since neither Memory Alpha nor Memory Beta or even the extensive biography of Gene Roddenberry talks about it, I'm ...
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What exactly are Romulan interests in the Borg Reclamation Project?

Although the Borg are not synthetic life, they are arguably along a spectrum where natural life falls at one end and Data pretty much represents the other end. The Borg might be on an evolutionary/...
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What did the Romulans do with the internal space of D'deridex-class ships?

In Star Trek canon episodes dating back as far as TOS (ex.: The Enterprise Incident) and early TNG, there is an allusion made that Romulan technology in a lot of areas that are not directly tied to ...
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Class of the Reman Warbird Scimitar

In the non-canon video game Star Trek Online, other ships of the same model exist and are referred to as "Scimitar-class" dreadnoughts. This is consistent with Star Trek's general policy of ship ...
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