I wonder if there is a high turnover rate of Emperors and Senators in the Romulan Star Empire, especially after several disastrous Federation encounters. First, they test and lose in a ship-on-ship combat with their best flagship. Then, even in a 10-to-one ship battle, the Federation ship just sits in the middle of an onslaught, then just up and leaves without firing a shot. Next, they enter an costly alliance with the smelly Klingons for more advanced ships, only to find that the Federation can still come and go at will in Romulan space even at three-to-one odds without firing a shot. I think they need to re-address their policy toward the Federation. Time to play nice and plot to stab them in the back, later.