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The USS Balboa was a Starfleet starship which was destroyed by Romulans, thus beginning the Earth-Romulan War for the United Federation of Planets. (TOS - Rihannsu novel: The Romulan Way)

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While The Romulan Way calls this the beginning of the Federation's conflict with the Romulans, later canon specifics make it clear the war was fought between the Romulan Empire and the predecessor to the Federation, the Coalition of Planets.