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# 12
09-11-2013, 02:42 AM
Originally Posted by protogoth View Post
This claim that the Romulans of the time were a pre-warp civilization is not canon and is more than just a little dubious. How did they get from Vulcan to ch'Rihan and attack Earth long before the events of "The Enterprise Incident" without warp capability? Not only does it not make sense, it's also illogical. There's quite a bit of commentary about this on the net (and, iirc, somewhere in the STO fora as well).
Depends on the definition of "warp".
Unless I'm mistaken the Phoenix from "First Contact" was most likely fission powered (given Lilly had to spend 6 months to get enough titanium for the cockpit, how the heck was she supposed to get antimatter?) so the old Romulan/Vulcan ships from the sundering were most likely fusion-powered.
This would also fit in with the dialogue from TOS that its power is "impulse" in the sense of fusion generation.

Only calling antimatter-powered FTL "warp" is probably just a case of "antimatter club snobbism".