The Tal Shiar was the elite intelligence agency of the Romulan Star Empire. It was a highly-respected and feared force in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants. Its purpose was guarding the security of the Empire, both from the Romulans' interstellar enemies—most notably the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire—as well as from traitors within the Romulan population itself. The covert, often invisible presence of the Tal Shiar kept the general populace in a constant state of paranoia. Dissent and dissatisfaction with the status quo were met with severe punishment and often dissidents have been known to "disappear".
It was common practice for the Chairman of the Tal Shiar to be a member of the Continuing Committee. This was initially not the case for Chairman Koval, who was kept off the Committee, as he had often displayed anti-Federation sentiment and was opposed to the Federation Alliance against the Dominion.
The Tal Shiar reports only to the highest levels of the Romulan government, and even so they undertake many missions without the direct knowledge of the Romulan Senate, conducting operations with virtual impunity throughout the Empire. Their authority supersedes that of most Romulan military commanders, resulting in a mutual distrust and hatred between the two organizations. The Tal Shiar operates their own fleet, often to their own aims.
- Main article: Romulan ranks
A short time later, on 28 March 2409 (83312.2), the Leviathan's senior staff continued discussing the possibility that Davis was with the Tal Shiar, but unbeknownst to them, the entire conversation was being recorded by Blaise Moreau, a subordinate of Davis. A short time later, he played back the recording for the entire crew, framing the senior officers whilst claiming to be an agent of Starfleet Intelligence.
- Colonel Hakeev – leader
- Jarek Davis – undercover operative in Starfleet
- Jilaan, alias Blaise Moreau – undercover operative in Starfleet
- Vincent Petráš – undercover operative in Starfleet
- Unnamed Tal Shiar personnel
- Star Trek: Federation Legacy – "War Is Good for Business" (First mentioned)
- Star Trek: Federation Legacy – "The Undying" (First appearance)
Notes and references
- Tal Shiar at Memory Alpha, the Star Trek wiki
- Tal Shiar at Memory Beta, the non-canon Star Trek wiki
|v - e - ?||Romulan Star Empire|
|Military officers||Teleb • T'Vrea|
|Intelligence officers||Jarek Davis* • Blaise Moreau* • Vincent Petráš† • Hakeev • T'Par*^|
|Food and drinks||Romulan ale • Osol twist|
|Starships||Scimitar† • IRW Calaf • IRW Esemar|
|Space stations||S'harien Station|