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Old June 27 2014, 08:13 PM   #16
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Re: Federation, Klingons or Romulans - who was the most powerful?

They tried to do that with Vulcan and Remians are a conquered and enslaved people.

The circumstantial evidence is also pretty strong:
- Why would they call themselves a Stellar Empire if their territory was only Romulus and Remus and they didn't have any desire to epxand it.
- Considering the militaristic and authoritarian style of its regime, the Romulan Empire clearly don't use the peacefull and friendly way of expansion used by the UFP.
- Their military activities were clearly not based on simply patrolling the Neutral Zone. Plasma torpedoes and cloaking devices were not created for defense and casual patrolling.
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Old June 27 2014, 09:36 PM   #17
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Re: Federation, Klingons or Romulans - who was the most powerful?

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They tried to do that with Vulcan and Remians are a conquered and enslaved people.
Given the size of the "invasion force" it seems that there was someting else going on with those three ships in Unification.

Whether the reman are a completely new alien species, or an off-shoot of the colonizing Romulans is open for debate. If they are a type of Romulan, then they weren't invaded or conquered. Enslaved yes.

The circumstantial evidence is also pretty strong:
- Why would they call themselves a Stellar Empire if their territory was only Romulus and Remus and they didn't have any desire to epxand it.
The existance of a Romulan Senate might indicate a democratic system is in place. Planet might have peacefully joined, as opposed to being force into the Empire.

And we heard of a senator who was concidered a "man of the people." So senators might be elected from the general population.

Being called a "Empire" might not have any more meaning than being called a "Peoples Democratic Republic."

While I do feel that the Empire is smaller than the Federation, it could still be several dozen star systems with Class M worlds.

- Considering the militaristic and authoritarian style of its regime
There are fans right here on this board that believe that the Federation possesses a top down power structure, with the Council having the power to legally over-ride decisions made locally by the Members.

By all appearances the Romulan do have a civilian government.

, the Romulan Empire clearly don't use the peacefull and friendly way of expansion used by the UFP.
Not quite that clear.

- Their military activities were clearly not based on simply patrolling the Neutral Zone. Plasma torpedoes and cloaking devices were not created for defense and casual patrolling.
My own country employs stealth aircraft and ships, and for decade used ECM.

How is a plasma torpedo really so different than a photon torpedo? By the episode The Deadly Years the Enterprise was already able to handle multiple direct hits.

Plasma torpedoes were already yesterdays technology.

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Old June 27 2014, 09:53 PM   #18
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Re: Federation, Klingons or Romulans - who was the most powerful?

Although not canon, in the books after the Borg invasion the Federation had to assist the Romulans with food. So, the Federation was definitely in a stronger position than the Romulan Empire. The Klingons sometimes needed help, but they seemed to manage with less.
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Old July 8 2014, 10:40 PM   #19
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Re: Federation, Klingons or Romulans - who was the most powerful?

It's always seemed to me that the Klingons/Romulans had very powerful weapons (especially the Romulans) but were less technologically advanced, so their shields/sensors and other things like that wouldn't be as good. The TOS era did seem more evenly matched.
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