The Romulans are an interesting antagonist. They lack the development of the Klingons largely because they are portrayed as secretive, sneaky, running around in cloaked ships keeping power by reputation as much as by force. I'm interested in how Romulan Society is portrayed, especially in the TNG era. There seem to be many contradictions at play here. There are strong hints that their society is totalitarian in nature, especially in Unification, and we are introduced to one of the main indicators of such a society, a seemingly all powerful secret police in the Tal Shiar. However, in Face of the Enemy, the Romulan commander happily slags off the Tal Shiar in front of one of their operatives, while telling the story of how her own father was killed for speaking his mind. The Tal Shiar we see in DS9's early Dominion arc also appear more military than secret police, perhaps something more akin to special forces. Then by the seventh season of DS9 when we finally get a glimpse of Romulan politics directly, it's full of intrigue and backstabbing as you might expect, but lacks some of the hallmarks associated with Totalitarianism - the leader cult, the redundancy in government departments with the same agendas competing with each other, the placing of an ideal above the state. Perhaps what we are seeing is a corrupt constitutional state instead? How do you think Romulan Society is structured? Going beyond the 'text' as it were, how do you imagine them?