While not publically announced, the news of a meeting between the diplomatic and military sectors of the Romulan Star Empire and the Cardassian Union is already reaching most media outlets. What is certain is the fact that the Union and the Empire have signed an alliance. The details of that agreement are not being shared publically, and the military stipulations in it are unknown. As of yet, the Romulans have not delcared war on the Federation, which may prove that either the aliance does not include an enforced mutual defense clause, or the Empire has some other pact in place. keeping it from interfering with the policy of the Federation. No doubt, in short time, all this will no longer be speculation and facts will be revealed.