Romulan Neutral Zone

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  • Mutually-declared neutral buffer zone between United Federation of Planets and Romulan Star Empire (TOS: "Balance of Terror" et al.)
  • Formed 2160 following end of Earth-Romulan War by mutual treaty between the two powers
  • All territorial claims by both sides were declared nullified
  • All outposts and bases within the Neutral Zone decommissioned
  • All state-sponsored or military vessels of either party, and all citizens of either nation, banned from transit into or through the Neutral Zone
    • Exceptions granted on a case-by-case basis upon mutual consent by both governments or their representatives (TNG: "All Good Things...")
    • Entry without prior authorization grants that nation the right to seize and impound the violating starship (TAS: "The Survivor")
    • Treaty of Algeron declared explicitly that purposeful unauthorized entry into the Neutral Zone by a military power is to be considered an act of war (TNG: "The Defector")
  • Civilian unaligned vessels, or state-sponsored or military vessels of a third party, allowed so long as they are not merely serving as proxy actors
    • All such vessels closely monitored by both powers
  • Federation border of Neutral Zone lined with permanent observation asteroid outposts (TOS: "Balance of Terror")
    • Gravitic sensor nets were installed along the Federation border to detect entry by cloaked vessels (TNG: "Face of the Enemy")
    • This technology was later supplemented with tachyon detection grids (TNG: "Face of the Enemy")
  • Both nations conduct regular patrols of their border to watch for any undetected incursions (TNG: "Brothers"; Star Trek: First Contact; DS9: "In the Pale Moonlight")

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