Chapter 13.
What Revi and Pachek knew was quickly lost after their deaths, but their mode of life lasted a long time. Their people were a tribe of primitive thinkers, not doers.
The huge predators and the low fecundity of the Romulans made progress slow. The Romulans were quite long-lived by earth standards, and not naturally an adventurous people, but after a few thousand years they had developed a stable civilisation. True to their heritage, they did not spread out in a swathe of exploration, but consolidated where they were, gradually building into a strong but compact little Romulan empire.
The continent they were on did not connect naturally to any others, and the seas in those days were inhospitable. When the community had grown a little there would be an ice age, which would cut their numbers back decisively. Over the centuries they would develop housing able to withstand the cold, usually in caves, but as the ice retreated and it became warm again, they would revert to simple lean-tos again, until the next ice age suddenly appeared and cut them back again. As a result they spread only slowly through the inhabitable part of the country, which was named New Romulus.
Nobody knew why the country was so named. Revi and Pachek never managed to invent a method of recording language. Without padds they were forced to rely on verbal communication, so that their stories became 'oral tradition' and changed greatly over the centuries. While the philosophy of Romulus and Vulcan was carried on, resulting in a fairly unadventurous populace, it took a long time for real building to develop.
But eventually architects were born, and a great civilization developed, all on the one continent. True to the tradition of their ancestors, the people simply populated the area in which they were comfortable and safe. By this time they were able to repel the marauding dinosaurs, and even tame them.
The cities of New Romulus were first brick, and wood, until the discoveries of the metals. They had not yet discovered any sources of energy, but clever uses of glass and insulation enabled them to heat and cool their buildings, which were thus able to become quite large. The country was subject to severe earthquakes, and had many volcanoes. While these were dangerous, they provided heating and fertile soil.
Over the years a few adventurers set sail from New Romulus, whether accidentally or by design, but none were heard from again. In most cases they were killed by the sea, and in others did find refuge elsewhere, but had no women on board, and were unable to reproduce. Two groups did survive, however, and set up their own little communities far away.
One of these groups found its way to the area which would one day be called the Gulf of Mexico, and set up a city which slowly grew around that area. They never returned to their original home, because their departure was inadvertent. They were blown along by gales and survived on fish and water, so that when they finally made landfall they were exhausted, and had no idea where they were. The city did spread slowly, and had expanded to some hundreds of square kilometers after about one hundred thousand years.
Unfortunately they were exactly in the path of a large asteroid which struck the earth at that time. It destroyed all life in that area, including all the Romulans, and threw up a huge cloud of dust over the earth. Temperatures dropped, and earthquakes and storms were precipitated. Among the other casualties were the dinosaurs of the planet, and the small Romulan empire which became completely covered in a kilometer of ice, something which even the most ingenious of their scientists could not find an answer for.
The other outpost was on a large island. This group also descended from a group of explorers who survived dreadful sufferings before finding a haven. They found it was fertile, and had good fishing at its boundaries, as well as many natural crops which they could harvest. The island was somewhere in the middle of an ocean, and they sailed some distance from it at times without finding other land. But they had everything they could want, and in the time-honored manner of their ancestors they expanded to comfortably fill their surroundings, and stayed that way, for a surprisingly long time.
They survived the great cloud, which was what had destroyed New Romulus, though with difficulty. Over three or four million years they developed a highly advanced society, and did explore some of the world, without settling it. They found no other intelligent life, and returned home instead of beginning new settlements.
This preference for remaining with their companions, and their luxuries, instead of going out to fight the wilderness, was an inefficient survival technique, and, it must be said, therefore illogical. When an enormous earthquake caused the entire island to suddenly sink beneath the waves it left no more Romulans to populate the planet. Any small pockets which may have remained may have been wiped out by the barbarian mammals which began to move over the planet in succeeding millenia. However it happened, there were no traces of the Romulans remaining when man began to build cities.
The continent which had housed New Romulus was gradually swallowed up as it was subducted by the movement of continental plates, and the sea eventually covered it.

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