Valeris, on May 6 2004, 06:39 PM, said:
Interesting. The idea that Romulans believe Vulcan belongs to them... but it is true, is it not. They have just as much right to it as Vulcans. Personally, I would prefer the more temperate world of Romulus, but they certainly deserve both. Of course, that might mean that the Vulcans also have claim to both... oh, this does get confusing! This inevitably leads to the issue of reunification. Is it not strange that they always talk about Romulans who want to "return to the Vulcan way of life" but there are never Vulcans who want to change to the Romulan way of life. Also, they always say "return" when talking about Romulan to Vulcan but "change" when talking about Vulcan to Romulan?
from the Romulan point of view, it may not be as simple as right of ownership, or reunification.
If my theory is correct, then the nature of the 'Romulan diaspora' becomes very complicated indeed.
Imagine the upheavals unleased by the 'Surakans' as nations, cultures, cities, and even individual households find themselves divided and at odds with each other.
It would be as if one day world leaders, celebrities, friends and family embraced an entirely alien and frightening way of life, so that instead of the warm and loving people you had grown up surrounded by, you are confronted with cold and unemotional strangers. The early 'Romulans' may have been rendered outcasts then, but I believe they remained on vulcan and eventually embraced a more balanced and less radical form of 'Suraks way'. (analogous to the christian reformation). This change probably toke decades, if not centuries, but still left them a second class 'illogical' minority on a world overwhelmingly following what was by then the 'Vulcan way'.
What must it have been like for those people, to be forced to choose between their world and the simple freedom to express their feelings. What was it like for parents to look at their children and know that they would be rendered homeless refugees, never to see their world again, and for what, the freedom to smile at a love one, or giggle at a silly joke, or to cry when they hurt.
The Romulans, however, were a strong and determined people and would not be broken by misfortune, so to stay true to who they were, they launched themselves into the dark void of interstellar space.
Resources were limited with no margin for error in there use and distribution. During their long journey the Romulans were forced to make some very painful decisions, and at times that meant resorting to the elimination of the sick and the weak, even to infanticide. This period also saw the beginnings of Romulan concepts of honor and the importance of the duty of the individual to the community.
The Romulans were already a profoundly different culture than their vulcan 'cousins' by the time they landed on Romulus, but even as they looked to the future on their new world, some still dreamed of a day that they might return to free their ancestral homeland from the icy grip of 'vulcan logic'.
As to your observations,I'll tackle your second point first. You are quite right to point out the unavoidability of the 'reunification question', because for factions in the Empire and on vulcan, this would seem the logical consequence of peace between the RSE and the UFP.
However I think this virtually impossible, and I believe a modern example might illustrate my point.
I am originally from south eastern North Carolina, and can trace my families history there to the mid 1600s ( a mire four centuries) and the early english, irish and scotish settlers, but if I proposed that N.C. should 'reunify' with the United Kingdom, I would be met with laughter at best ( or should I be successful in starting a movement), U.S. military force( remember the civil war).
Now imagine after two millennium of separation and over two centuries of vulcan membership in the federation, a plan for reunification. How do you achieve this short of vulcan joining the Romulan Empire, or the the dismantling of the Empire and Romulus joining the Federation. Short of divine intervention or a very bored Q, I don't think this likely.
The real problems begin when we consider your first point, do the Romulans have a legitimate claim to vulcan, and who decides;the Romulans, the vulcans, or the federation. The Romulans would seem the injured party here, but what about the rights of the vulcan people as federation citizens, or at least as members of a planetary government with the right to self-determination.
So, in a sense, Romulan 'honor' (ie. their duty to liberate the vulcan people) in this matter and federation sovereignty would seem to make another federation/ romulan war inevitable. ( It is indeed a very dangerous game that Spock is playing on Romulus)
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