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Old March 8 2013, 10:27 PM   #34
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Re: Abrams wanted to blow up more than Romulus

Jeyl wrote: View Post

And weren't the Romulans depicted as a society that lives off of conflict? After all, the whole entire point of Balance of Terror was to spark another war between the Federation and the Romulans.

Commander: No need to tell you what happens when we reach home with proof of the Earthmen's weakness. And we will have proof. The Earth commander will follow. He must. When he attacks, we will destroy him. Our gift to the homeland, another war.
So Nero's idea of Romulus being free of the Federation is actually counter productive.
From dialogue:
PIKE: You've declared war against the Federation. Withdraw. I'll agree to arrange a conference with Romulan leadership at a neutral location.
NERO: (on viewscreen) I do not speak for the Empire. We stand apart...
Nero makes a point of disassociating himself from the Romulan leadership. He is not known to have been part of the Romulan military or official structure at any time previously and—even if it wasn't always so—he now considers himself and his crew to be outside of (and separate from) that society.
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