Historically, successful conquest has almost always relied on co-opting indigenous talent to manage their own territory on your behalf.
Sure but you need the Conquest
first and/or some sign that you are a winner or will be a winner. 2000 troops with no air or logistic support landing on Vulcan would likely be wiped out in hours. Even if there was some support from people on Vulcan, such elements would have to be fairly stupid to reveal themselves when that was the sort of "backing" that the romulans were providing for them.
(You know I thought this has come up before... some earlier thoughts on this matter plus a bonus red pepper soup recipe from me: http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.ph...housand&page=5