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Old June 28 2009, 12:04 AM   #8
Temis the Vorta
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Re: Thoughts on the Romulan Empire

I think their democracy is oligarchic and dominated by issues of wealth or family influence, but it's real.
That would be a natural extension of a society that was founded by a relatively small number of colonists, who all would have been "founding families." I can see how the main line of each family would hold onto their original positions of power but as the society grew, the secondary lines would not have as much power. Yet, they're all "family" so nobody is totally left out.

Also, Romulus is a lush and fertile world. Maybe when resources are plentiful, Vulcanoid violence and passion instincts become less pronounced than they are when in the desert habitat of Vulcan.
Since Vulcanoids evolved in the desert, maybe that's the ideal climate for them, and Romulans had to "settle" for a planet that is too cold and rainy to really ever be comfortable to them. Romulus just looks nice to us humans.
Actually, they adopted Surak's teachings prior to interacting with other races. Their motivation was preventing their warfare from destroying Vulcan.
Oh yeah, I didn't mean to suggest otherwise. But it just so happens that it made them more successful in interstellar relations.
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