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Old August 4 2013, 07:27 PM   #1
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Nu!Trek and Romulan War

In the Prime verse the Romulan War happened roughly 100 years earlier. On TOS there were still those who were bitter about Romulans. Those of you TOS fans, I am sure will remember Stiles in Balance of Terror. He was clearly bitter, and I would dare say prejudice (Remember how he treated Spock when they showed the Romulans looked like them?)

Yet, the fact a Romulan blew up an entire Federation world, is just let go. I get that they are rebooting things. However, anything before 2230 is thought to be the same in both timelines, since that is where the two timelines split. So older fans are to assume because of this. The Federation is supposed to say, "Oh, it's alright that you blew up one of our founding member's homeworld, and killed 6 billion Vulcan and countless non-Vulcans."

To me it is kinda like Japan bombing Hawaii, and the US just saying, "it's alright, we are not going to do a damn thing about it." We didn't do that, instead we bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I am not condoning it, just using it to make my point.

Rumor has it we might meet more Klingons in STXII, seems to me we need to deal with the Romulans. And yes, I get this is not the act of the Romulan government. But wouldn't that have been a better battle for Admiral Marcus to try to fight? He would have gotten a hell of a lot more backing for it.
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Old August 4 2013, 08:03 PM   #2
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I don't think we've seen the full fall-out of the destruction of Vulcan, yet. Into Darkness takes place only 6 months after ST09.

They're likely still focused on rebuilding the Vulcan society. The fact that Nero was a rogue and his actions weren't sanctioned by Romulus is likely a factor, as well.
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Old August 4 2013, 08:52 PM   #3
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Re: Nu!Trek and Romulan War

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To me it is kinda like Japan bombing Hawaii...
Well, no - it's nothing like Japan bombing Hawaii.

Nero and crew carried out a rogue operation, not a planned, large-scale military attack.

The Romulan Empire played no direct role in the destruction of Vulcan and (whether they learned of it from Starfleet/Federation contact or via intelligence sources of their own) would have had no knowledge thereof until some unspecified time after the fact.
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Old August 4 2013, 09:02 PM   #4
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Can you really hold a species accountable for what a group of them from an alternate future did? I'd love to see their reaction when the Federation ambassador demands reparations.
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Old August 4 2013, 09:07 PM   #5
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Re: Nu!Trek and Romulan War

I'm sure nuStiles would have a coronary once he found out about this, but assuming the Romulan government puts a full spin on it (plus I'm guessing there are recordings of Nero's line about how his crew "stand(s) apart"), I doubt there would be a huge kerfuffle about it.
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Old August 5 2013, 02:47 PM   #6
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Let's not forget that STXI took place some years before Kirk Prime made contact with Romulans in the other timeline... Yet the nuFederation already knew what Romulans look like, had knowledge of Romulan dialects, and appeared to be in a dialogue with the Romulan government and capable of complaining to them about Nero.

The situation vis-á-vis UFP and RSE is probably rather different in the two universes, then. Might very well be something that happened after 2233, as per the premise of the reboot.

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Old August 5 2013, 04:50 PM   #7
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I think the 9/11 attacks would be a more relevant real-world comparison than Pearl Harbor. The vast majority of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudis (15 out of 19), but it's not like we went and invaded Saudi Arabia. The US maintains deep diplomatic ties to Saudi Arabia, yet there is still widespread distrust/hatred/etc. among members of both nations.
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Old August 9 2013, 08:22 PM   #8
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I suspect the Federation undertook an effort to confirm whether or not Nero and his cohorts were Romulans, and ended up forcing the Romulan borders open, at least diplomatically, sometime after the Kelvin's destruction... hence all the information not known in the original timeline.
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Old August 9 2013, 08:43 PM   #9
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Timo wrote: View Post
Let's not forget that STXI took place some years before Kirk Prime made contact with Romulans in the other timeline... Yet the nuFederation already knew what Romulans look like, had knowledge of Romulan dialects, and appeared to be in a dialogue with the Romulan government and capable of complaining to them about Nero.

The situation vis-á-vis UFP and RSE is probably rather different in the two universes, then. Might very well be something that happened after 2233, as per the premise of the reboot.

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In the New timeline the first visual contact with the Romulans would have been Ayel's mug on the Kelvin's viewscreen. Audio first contact, (for humans) would have taken place during the NX-01's mission in both timelines. Since the treaty that ended the Romulan War was negotiated over subspace radio, I imagine humans (and their allies) have a good knowledge of Romulan dialects in both universes.

I imagine the UFP didn't find out the attackers were Romulan until the Kelvin's logs were reviewed and the survivors questioned. They probably had a few questions for the Vulcans after that.
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Old August 9 2013, 09:01 PM   #10
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I'm not sure any degree of questioning would have revealed the identity of those attackers - something else, comparable to "Balance of Terror", must have happened in addition.

Supposedly, Romulan is almost identical to Vulcan, hence the need for Uhura's expertise. It's a bit dubious that any amount of audio contact with Romulans would amount to the identifying of exactly three ways in which the speaker can reveal him- or herself as Romulan... I mean, one could tell an East German speaker from a West German by dialect thanks to existing knowledge of pre-split German dialects, and one might spot an East German agent when he says "Elast" instead of "Plast". But if one seals a peace treaty with somebody whose language differs only ever-so-slightly from German, one would have to be remarkably stupid not to consider the possibility that the enemy is German!

"Balance of Terror" and STXI together must be taken to mean that the old peace treaty was negotiated in English, or that the Earth negotiators had a good reason to think that the opponents speaking odd Vulcan did not have it as their native language.

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Old August 9 2013, 09:46 PM   #11
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I'm not sure any degree of questioning would have revealed the identity of those attackers - something else, comparable to "Balance of Terror", must have happened in addition.
I'm sure the audio/visual/whatever records from the Kelvin would be enough. The shuttles must have contained copies, so questioning the survivors would be a secondary source of data. The path of RSE/UFP relations after that is up for grabs until Nero returned and destroyed Vulcan.
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Old August 10 2013, 09:51 PM   #12
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What I mean is, nothing about the stories of the survivors would indicate that these pointy-eared, green-blooded people were Romulans.

Perhaps, just perhaps, the survivors would have been eavesdropping on the conversation aboard the Narada (although we only have proof that they were monitoring Robau's lifesigns). But nothing discussed there indicated the origin of the attackers! At the very best, our valiant sidekicks might decide that these people were renegade Vulcans of some sort, but they probably wouldn't make the connection to the old war with the faceless enemy.

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Old August 10 2013, 11:42 PM   #13
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What I mean is, nothing about the stories of the survivors would indicate that these pointy-eared, green-blooded people were Romulans.

Perhaps, just perhaps, the survivors would have been eavesdropping on the conversation aboard the Narada (although we only have proof that they were monitoring Robau's lifesigns). But nothing discussed there indicated the origin of the attackers! At the very best, our valiant sidekicks might decide that these people were renegade Vulcans of some sort, but they probably wouldn't make the connection to the old war with the faceless enemy.

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I think the language contained in the logs would be enough. Not everyone in Starfleet's linguistics division is as ignorant of Romulan as Uhura's predecessor. While the "sidekicks" might not make the connection, higher ups at Starfleet Command, Starfleet Intelligence and the Vulcan government would. Indeed they must have, since Kirk, who only knows about it from either history and/or first person accounts, refers to the ship that attacked the Kelvin as a Romulan one.
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Old August 11 2013, 08:20 PM   #14
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I think the language contained in the logs would be enough. Not everyone in Starfleet's linguistics division is as ignorant of Romulan as Uhura's predecessor.
But what possible reason would the first Nero encounter give to anybody for thinking that the language they hear is Romulan? According to the "three dialects" scene, the language Nero would have spoken would have been Vulcan! (Unless, of course, he spoke English to his Starfleet captive, or used a superior future translator that would leave Robau hearing English but unable to deduce the originating language.) There's no good reason why Starfleet would think that Vulcan-looking (if bald and tattooed) people speaking Vulcan would be Romulans, not unless something like "Balance of Terror" subsequently happened.

And obviously something did, because our heroes in 2258 know a thing or two about Romulans, none of which they could have learned from the stories of late Robau's surviving crew. But with some other incident revealing that Romulans are renegade Vulcans, everybody would naturally realize that the renegade Vulcans who destroyed the Kelvin were most probably Romulans.

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Old August 11 2013, 08:39 PM   #15
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Nerys Myk wrote: View Post
I'm sure the audio/visual/whatever records from the Kelvin would be enough.

I think the language contained in the logs would be enough.
That's making the fairly large assumption that such logs exist. More likely all Starfleet would have had is the debriefing of the bridge personnel who witnessed the exchange between Robau and Ayel.

And while the bridge crew were monitoring Robau's life signs, there was no indication that they were listening in to anything that was said while he was aboard the enemy ship.

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The shuttles must have contained copies ...
Not necessarily.

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