Warlike race of aliens who debuted on episode No. 9 "Balance of
Terror" on the sci-fi series STAR
TREK/NBC/1966-69. During the 22nd century, the Earth space
program moved into the galaxy with sophisticated warp drive
engines that enabled them to cross the vastness of space
quickly, and thus encounter a variety of new and alien cultures.
Most of these civilizations united together under the banner of
the United Federation of Planets, co-existing peaceably.
However, there were those who were not as friendly. Such were
the Romulans, an empire of pointy-eared humanoids (distant
relatives of the Vulcan race) who were always at odds with the
Federation. The Romulans were a military society which trained
their people to be vicious fighters. They shunned defeat and
when the victor, never took prisoners...alive.
Located in a
solar system with two suns, these aliens derived their name from
the primary sun named Romulus. Their empire bordered on the
Federation space boundaries. This was called the Romulan neutral
zone. Any unauthorized traffic in this sector constituted an act
of war. The Romulans often conspired with other warlike races,
(for example, the Klingons) in their bids for power. On the
undercarriage of the Romulan spacecrafts there were markings
that bore the resemblance of a large swooping "bird of prey."
During the 1991 season, a Romulan female named Sela
(Denise Crosby) was involved in both an attempted coup in the Klingon Empire and the failed conquest of the planet Vulcan.
Allegedly, Sela was the daughter of Federation officer Tasha Yar
(Denise Crosby) who had been captured and made a concubine to a
high ranking Romulan official. Unaware of her mother's
Federation background, Sela devotedly followed the political
manifest of the Romulan empire.
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