The Detailed Reason for Every One of Emperor Georgiou's Lavish Titles on Star Trek: Discovery

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Thought it was tough to beat Daenerys Targaryen when it came to absurdly lengthy formal titles? Well, her most Imperial Majesty, Mother of the Fatherland, Overlord of Vulcan, Dominus of Kronos, Regina Andor, Emperor Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius on Star Trek: Discovery just might. But this being Star Trek, there are reasons for every one of those fancy names.

Discovery writer Jordon Nardino—who penned the episode Mirror Georgiou’s titles were rattled off in, which aired earlier this week—took to Twitter to break down the in-universe reasons for the barrage of honorifics. The first few are easy, as they’re the titles granted from the Terran Empire’s conquests: Earth first (of course), then Vulcan, the Klingon homeworld of Qo’noS, and then the Andorian’s homeworld Andoria. But there are even more specifics behind each of those:


What follows Georgiou’s name turns out to be an interesting bit of Terran Empire worldbuilding, heavily inspired by the old Roman Empire—and, as it turns out, how Georgiou links herself to the legacy of former Empress, specifically the Mirror Hoshi Sato from Star Trek: Enterprise’s “In a Mirror, Darkly.”


So there you have it, a bunch of intriguing Trek lore doled out in the good 15 seconds or so it takes to list off Georgiou’s full name. Don’t get it wrong, or you might find yourself served up alongside the finest cuts of Kelpian by her chef.



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