Re: TP: Zero Sum Game by David Mack Review Thread (Spoilers!)
For all of its faults, Romulan society is much more open than Tzenkethi society. Romulus is a borderline-totalitarian society riven by distinctions of class and ancestry and species, but in many other respects it's open--Kamemor's reforms allowed media to debate public policy, for instance.
Indeed, my inclination would be to compare Romulus to, say, pre-Interregnum England -- a dictatorship to be sure, but one in which Parliament still often had a major say, and where there was still more openness than we tend to think of in modern totalitarian societies like the Nazis or the Soviets.
"Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism, as I understand it." - George Orwell, 1946