One of Star Trek's most enduring alien races, the depiction of the
Romulans has changed little between their introduction in the classic
original series episode Balance of Terror through to recent appearances in Deep Space Nine and Voyager.
Despite brokering a form of detente with many other races, the Romulan
Empire remains a perpetual foe of the Federation. The Romulans resemble
their distant cousins the Vulcans, but have developed a radically
different culture that is not centred around logic. They are
imperialistic, but little details are known about their society or home
A century before the missions of Kirk and Spock's Enterprise, the
Federation fought a war with the Romulans which resulted in the
establishment of the Neutral Zone, a no-man's land in space that
protects their territory.
Perhaps the Romulans' most famous contribution to Trek lore is the
cloaking device, a mechanism that allows their ships to travel unseen
and undetected. The Federation relinquished the right to develop
cloaking technology at the Treaty of Algeron, but it has nevertheless
served as a useful plot device in many of Star Trek's greatest episodes.
(See The Enterprise Incident, The Search Parts 1 and 2, Face of the
Enemy, The Pegasus, Defiant.)
At present, Ambassador Spock is working covertly to bring peace between
the Federation and the Romulans, evidently a very tricky task. (See the
Next Generation episodes Unification 1 and 2).
The Romulans' most celebrated illicit export is Romulan Ale, a strong
alcoholic beverage frequently imbibed by Mr Scott in his private
quarters on the Enterprise, and possibly responsible for his eerie