Captain Seafort wrote:
Tiberius wrote:So how would it work? The Vulcans would not let a bunch of people just beam down from these ships without scanning them first and discovering a bunch of Romulans inside. it would be like using the Trojan horse when they knew full well that the horse was going to be inspected inside and out before it was taken inside. Wouldn't have worked.
So why did the Romulans do it in the first place? Are you suggesting that they went to tremendous effort to steal those ships, conceal that fact and disguise their identities all to support a plan they knew wouldn't work?
Honestly, I have no idea. But I'm not trying to figure out the validity of the Romulan's plan. I'll be perfectly happy to assume that the Romulans had some way around this (even though Geordi was able to determine that there were Romulan troops on those ships, even the number of them.)
Perhaps the Romulans had counted on no serious scans until they reached Vulcan, and the presence of the Enterprise threw a spanner in the works. They had figured that any vessel which got close enough to determine the truth could be avoided or perhaps destroyed by the warbird.
Then they don't need to have their troops on something the Vulcans would welcome into their planet, so they don't need to have their troops on the Vulcan ships where they can be easily detected.
On the contrary - the fact that they used the Vulcan ships at all, and that that they retreated the instant Spock's message warning of their actual role went out, demonstrates that they were a vital part of the plan.
So which was the essential part of that? The fact that they had Vulcan ships, or the fact that they had the 2000 troops?
On this point I disagree fundamentally with both you and Mikey - the fact that they went to such lengths to obtain those ships demonstrates that the Romulan at least considered their use to be the only way the invasion could succeed.
isn't this (almost) what Mikey and I agreed on? it doesn't prove that it was the only way it could have succeeded, but it does show that it was the way the Romulans thought it would work the best.
Answer: because they could not fit enough troops on the warbird to complete their plan.
If the warbird's troop capacity was the limiting factor, and it could have reached Vulcan and deployed them without interference, why didn't they just send two warbirds? Or three, or four, or ten, or however many were needed?
Well, I've assumed that there is a sensor net at the Border and it can detect a cloaked warbird crossing. After all, if it couldn't, there'd be cloaked warbirds crossing all the time. But if the warbird crossed the net at the same time as some easily detectable ships, then any disturbance caused by the cloaked warbird can be covered by saying it was the other ship.
So that could be why they needed the Vulcan ships, and it could also explain why it was important that they get the Vulcan ships, to make it look like a legitimate peace effort.
As for why they didn't send more warbirds, perhaps the three Vulcan ships wouldn't be able to cover two warbirds crossing the Border. And as they can't have three Vulcan ships going back and forth across the Border to bring several warbirds coming over (not without looking suspicious), they were only able to bring one warbird. Perhaps if they'd had more Vulcan ships they could have brought a second warbird, but since they had trouble getting the three, that's all they could smuggle over.