According to the TNG episode "The Defector", the Norkan Outposts were destroyed in a massacre by the Romulans. Now I admit to knowing very little about stardates and the entire TOS series timelines, but my questions are these: Did the Norkan Outposts belong to the Federation? And if so... When was the Federation formally at war with the Romulan Star Empire? Please forgive my ignorance on this matter.