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"Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding." - Albert Einstein
The Federation and the Romulan Star Empire. Eternal cold warriors. Neither the Dominion War nor the incident with Praetor Shinzon proved to be enough of a catalyst to break down a rift reinforced by centuries of wounded pride. The Neutral Zone acted as a buffer, keeping two of the galaxy's most powerful organizations separate, but the aftermath of the Hobus Supernova has weakened that barrier. Romulus, the Romulan homeworld, is destroyed. The Star Empire is a shadow of its former self. Despite its determination to stand on its own, greedy eyes and longstanding enmities have left them in an untenable position.
Negotiations have led to the dissolution of the Neutral Zone, a preliminary treaty between the Romulans and the Federation, and a green light for a Federation outpost on a world just outside the Romulan border. However, the fact that there are still members of the Romulan government who are reluctant to consider the Federation as friends is evidenced by the world that has been chosen as the venue for their outpost. It is a world that almost caused an interstellar incident in the 23rd Century, a world of unsurpassed aesthetic beauty. A world where lethal poison lurks beneath the surface of every piece of flora, ready to claim the life of anyone who dares to sample its fruits.
With the outpost built on the planet's surface, terraforming operations are now underway. In spite of the somewhat unfriendly gesture, the Federation's representatives, led by Admiral Diego Herrera, are determined to solidify their new bonds with the Romulans. And with concerns about Breen activity mounting, that friendship may just prove to be the only thing standing between the Star Empire and extinction.