The Overlord wrote:
In Star Trek 11, in the Star Trek Prime timeline, Romulus was destroyed by a super nova in 2387. What do you think happened to the Romulan Empire after that event?
The Romulan Empire is so centralized (see: Nemesis
, where one room full of people are killed and Shinzon effortlessly takes over) that a collapse is very much a possibility.
To say I'm looking forward to the post-Romulus novels would be an understatement. The Romulan Way
told the story of the Surak/S'Task schism and the beginnings of the Romulan Empire. We may soon see it's end, too.
What effect that may have on the rest of the Typhon Pact (the novelverse's Romulan/Breen/Gorn/Tzenkethi/Kinshiya/Tholian alliance) will be intetesting, to say the least. It could have the effect Chernobyl did on the USSR.
Face it, the supernova aspect of the plot of Trek 11 was the single greatest plot hole of all time.
That's not a dig at the film or if it was good/bad, it's just a factual rational assessment.
It's a huge gaping plot hole you could fly a Dsyon sphere
through with room to spare.
I'm not sure if a fictionalized supernova counts as a plot hole. I mean, human/alien hybrids like Spock are just as impossible, as are transporters and Genesis devices. They're just fantasy elements. A supernova exploding at multiwarp speeds and covering thousands of lightyears in a few days is part of that space opera silliness, IMO. Especially if it's caused by alien technology, as was attempted on the Bajoran sun in "By Inferno's Light"
Apparently, real-life supernovae can have catastrophic effects on worlds 3000+ light years away, buring off ozone layers with x-rays and gamma rays. How far is Romulus from Earth, Andoria, Vulcan, Bajor, Cardassia, Kronos and the rest of Trek's main worlds? They always seem just a short journey from each other. Not quite "threatening to destroy the galaxy" but certainly wiping out our corner of it.