Anyway, for some reason I never bothered to look up why they took that 50 year hiatus just prior to TNG, but now I found out why. It's a short read if you care to look at it, and it covers the darker aspect of the Federation, another of my favourite subjects. In the episode of DS9 that I just watched (The Maquis, Pt 1 & 2) Sisko says that it's easy to be a saint in paradise, which is what he likens the crime, poverty, and war-free Earth to, but the Tomed incident shows there are devils lurking even in paradise.
On a vaguely related side note, I just noticed the Reman covariant shield is now part of a bona fide set, the other two pieces not having been released yet. Hopefully that means we have new Romulan content coming. I'm keeping all my fingers & toes crossed for the possibility of the new content, or at least the C-store, allowing me to own a D'deridex someday.