Re: Shinzon's motives
Yes, I thought so too. They have a Senate and a Preator, just like the Romans did. They rule by consensus, just like the Romans. There's the whole Romulus and Remus analogy, and the militarism, how were they based on Communist China, I don't get that?
Think back to the '60s when China was still hidden away and flexing their muscles behind the scenes and the Soviet Union was seemingly actively trying to take over the world. The Klingons were the Soviets and the Romulans were the mysterious Chinese. Much of that changed during the modern Trek series especially TNG.
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