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Imperial Romulan State
Conjectural emblem of the Imperial Romulan State
Dominant species: Romulan
Location: Beta Quadrant
Capital: Achernar Prime
Sovereignty: December 2380
System of government: Monarchy
Head of state: Empress (Donatra, 2380)
Head of government: Empress (Donatra, 2380)
Language: Rihannsu

The Imperial Romulan State was a Romulan state founded by Donatra, formerly a commander in the Romulan Imperial Fleet, in late 2380 as a separate entity in opposition to the Romulan Star Empire under Praetor Tal'Aura. (ST novel: Articles of the Federation)





The Imperial Romulan State came about as a result of political schism in the Romulan Star Empire following Shinzon's coup in 2379. Several groups vied for power, including those led by two of the group of conspirators that helped bring Shinzon to power; Commander Donatra, and Senator Tal'Aura - The latter who was made the new Praetor. Donatra retrained control and support over much of the Imperial Fleet, and put her political allegiance with Braeg, her lover, a former admiral, and Tal'Aura's political advisory. (TNG novel: Death in Winter)

Braeg orchestrated civil unrest in Victory Square on Romulus to try and force Tal'Aura out of office. But Braeg's rebellion was crushed when Tal'Aura brought in heavy weaponry to quell the crowd, prompting Braeg to surrender rather than allow a massacre. For Braeg's treason Tal'Aura had him poisoned and thus cemented Donatra's hatred and opposition to her. (TNG novel: Death in Winter; TTN novel: Taking Wing)

Prose continuity

Donatra, Empress of the Imperial Romulan State.

The power struggle between Donatra and Tal'Aura continued for about a year until finally in December of 2380, Donatra consolidated her powerbase and made a move against the Star Empire under Tal'Aura; on Archernar Prime she declared the existence of the Imperial Romulan State, declaring herself the Empress and using the parts of the military loyal to her to take control of that system and others, including Xanitla, Ralatak, and Virinat. These world's were the primary agricultral planets in the Star Empire, which effectively meant Donatra held the Empire's food supply hostage. (ST novel: Articles of the Federation)

The state was almost immediately recognized by the Klingon Empire, delighted at the prospect of the Romulans being fractured further. Though the United Federation of Planets initially refused to intervene in what it considered an internal Romulan affair, even as it offered humanitarian aide to hungry Romulans upon the loss of their farming planets. By early 2381, the Federation was forced to recognize the sovereignty of the Imperial Romulan State as a result of pressure from the Klingons and the need to show solidarity with its ally. (ST novel: Articles of the Federation; ST - Destiny novel: Mere Mortals)

The Federation and Imperial Romulan State established ambassadorships to one-another's states with Donatra appointing former warbird commander Jovis as her Ambassador to the Federation. During the Borg Invasion of that year Jovis commented to Federation President Nanietta Bacco that Donatra wished to open a new era of peace with the Federation. The strength of that desire was demonstrated a short while later when the Imperial State warbird Verithrax sacrificed itself to save the Federation planet Ardana from Borg attack. (ST - Destiny novels: Mere Mortals, Lost Souls)

In the wake of the Borg Invasion the Federation's resources were stretched thin, and aid they had been providing to Romulus since Shinzon's coup was considered a resource they could use elsewhere. However Donatra refused to trade with Tal'Aura and the Romulan Star Empire was still in desperate need of food. The Federation sent a variety of diplomats and Starfleet captains for talks with Donatra and finally recruited Professor Sonek Pran to meet with her in the hope of convincing her to start trade relations between the two Romulans states, and provide the Federation some relief.

Where other's had failed Pran succeeded in convincing Donatra that she had already won her feud with Tal'Aura, that what he imaged was her ultimate goal of reuniting the Romulan people as Tal'Aura's power crumbled was already underway; with the Empire not having enough military might to engage the State in open war, and the Imperial Romulan State having a strangle-hold on Romulan food resources. Pran argued that if Donatra were to trade with the Empire the people would be all too aware of who was responsible for them being fed. However when Donatra tried to open talks with Tal'Aura all she got was rejection.

A short while late Tal'Aura's motivations were revealed; the Star Empire had become members of a new interstellar alliance, the Typhon Pact, a group of nations united in currency, trade and technology, a new opposition force to the Federation and the Klingons. In response the Pact's competition invited several states, including the Imperial Romulan State, to attend a summit to discuss an expansion of the Khitomer Accords, to create a new counter-group to the Pact - Donatra immediately accepted this offer. (ST novel: A Singular Destiny)

Star Trek Online continuity

In 2381 Donatra formed the Imperial Romulan State when she and sections of the military loyal to her took control of several Romulan agricultural worlds. She declared herself Empress of the Imperial Romulan State with her capital planet as Archenar Prime.

In 2383, the Star Empire's forces under command of Fleet Commander Tomalak attacked Donatra's fleet at Xanitla. Donatra's forces were victorious in the battle, and as an additional blow to the Star Empire Admiral Taris and the twelve ships under her command defected to the Imperial State. By the following year this crushing defeat pushed Tal'Aura to reluctantly open peace talks with the Imperial State to establish borders and a neutral zone. Donatra sent Taris to Romulus as her representative but Tal'aura was assassinated shortly after. Donatra strongly refuted any claims of her involvement in the assassination and recalled Taris in preparation for any subsequent offensive.

In 2385, in the aftermath of Tal'Aura's assassination Donatra used the opportunity to win the hearts of the Romulan people by delivering food aid to non-military worlds in the Star Empire. Together with Proconsul Sela and Tal Shiar leader Rehaek, Donatra agreed to fold the worlds of the Imperial Romulan State back into the Star Empire, while she retained command of the military - keeping most of her forces away from Romulus in case the peace did not hold. The newly reunited Romulan Senate then appointed Senator Chulan the new Praetor. (ST website: The Path to 2409)

The Star Trek Online timeline, The Path to 2409 does not incorporate the events of the Star Trek: Destiny trilogy or A Singular Destiny and subsequently makes no mention of the political situation brought about by the formation of the Typhon Pact. Instead, the State is founded in 2381 rather than 2380, and the Romulan situation remains a largely internal matter.



Major States in Local Space
Khitomer Accords alliance Ferengi AllianceImperial Romulan StateKlingon EmpireUnited Federation of Planets
Typhon Pact members Breen ConfederacyGorn HegemonyHoly Order of the KinshayaRomulan Star EmpireTholian AssemblyTzenkethi Coalition
Non-aligned states Cardassian UnionDanteri EmpireFirst FederationThe PatriarchySheliak CorporateTezwaThallonian ProtectorateTalarian RepublicUbarrak PrimacyRegnancy of the Carnelian ThroneDaa'Vit ConfederacyMetron Consortium

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