STO Guest Blog: An Empire Divided
After the tragedy of the Hobus supernova and resulting destruction of their homeworlds, the Romulan and Reman populations were separated into three primary groups.
First, there is the militant and ruthless Tal Shiar, led by Empress Sela. The Tal Shiar still abide by the old ways, keeping Remans in their role as workers and second-class citizens. As proven by recent and repeated attacks, the Tal Shiar seek to bring the old Romulan power back to the galaxy by any means necessary. They seek to rule and control through fear and oppression. They are willing to harvest and implement Borg technology. But most dangerous of all, they have enlisted the services of dark and mysterious forces; ancient enemies of the galaxy they believe they can control.
Empress Sela does not operate alone. Among her trusted Commanders within the Romulan Star Empire, one has a reputation for a brutality and unparalleled ruthlessness reserved for any who might defy the Tal Shiar. Former science officer for Praetor Taris, Commander Hakeev, is this man. There is a rumor that he is the reason Sela has allied with the dark and mysterious forces, though it has yet to be proven.
The second group of Romulans and Remans has organized under the guidance and leadership of D'Tan, a reunificationist who learned under the tutelage of Ambassador Spock. D'Tan believes that in order to restore the greatness of the Romulan Empire, the old ways must be abandoned and all survivors need to come together to rebuild from the ground up.
D'Tan knows that with so few of their kind left, all Romulans and Remans must work and operate as equals. He is also working hard to break the xenophobia often associated with Romulans of old and has gone to great lengths to enlist the aid of both the Federation and Klingon Empire. This group of New Romulans has dubbed themselves the Romulan Republic.
Survivors make up the third primary group of Romulans and Remans. These are people scattered across the galaxy, doing their best to make a new life in the shadow of their homeworlds' destruction. They have rejected the iron fist of the Tal Shiar, but they also doubt that D'Tan and his forces possess the ability to achieve their goals.
You, the player, start as a member of this third group. Doing your best to simply live your life apart from Sela and the Tal Shiar, as well as D'Tan and the Romulan Republic, you have managed to reach a level of happiness and comfort as a member of an agricultural colony.
It remains to be seen if you will be able to stay unaligned in the long run, but for now, no one seems to even know your colony exists
We have many more Dev Blogs planned for you before the expansion launches and we cannot wait for you to be able to start your adventure as a member of the Romulan Republic this May. See you in-game!
Scott "Goatshark" Shicoff
Lead Content Designer
Star Trek Online