Re: Federation Versus The Romulan Empire
I wonder where you're getting your information? Rarely have we seen any of these ships go toe-to-toe one on one. The only one I can really remember is the Constitution vs. a Romulan Bird-of-Prey. Even there, I'd say it was more about who was in the center seat than them having the superior ship.
And the Romulan Commander from that episode was himself a capable military strategist, something noted by Kirk more than once while the two vessels were searching for each other.
"Many things seem clever to an imbecile." --Captain Thelin th'Valrass, USS Enterprise-- "The Chimes at Midnight"