Lt. Cheka Wey wrote:
Weren't most high ranking romulans terrible people?
They're portrayed that way, but most of Star Trek
is written from the perspective of humanity. As a civilization, we tend to distrust individuals and governments that relentlessly pry into our private lives. There's no telling how a Romulan would view such behavior, however. It's entirely possible that they see the Big Brother element of the Tal Shiar as merely another means of providing security (although I doubt it). In any case, I never viewed the Romulan Commanders of The Original Series
in a negative light, nor did I have a problem with Admiral Jarok, who risked his life to ensure a better future for his people.
They are still mostly scum with an openly imperialist government.