I wasn't certain if this was the implication, or that it was simply understood to be the case. Certainly the 'mirror universe' might not necessarily be following the same/parallel timeline as in other Star Treks, in this case, Star Trek Enterprise. Just wasn't sure if I missed this connection.

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    I seem to recall that all the mirror universes are supposed to be the same. That said, there is no reason why Emperors need to be related given the erm... combative nature of the mirror universe.
    – Paulie_D
    Jan 17, 2018 at 14:49
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    – Paulie_D
    Jan 17, 2018 at 14:51
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    Suspect this might fall under the "future works" banner.
    – Paulie_D
    Jan 17, 2018 at 14:52
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    ....because she's Asian? Are all people of the same race related? Also - Sato is Japanese, Georgiou's history has her born in America, but the actress is Chinese-Malaysian, so - not even the same. Or are there indications in the episode (asking having not seen it)?
    – NKCampbell
    Jan 17, 2018 at 14:52
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    The Japanese/Chinese split probably doesn't come into it. after ~100 years and possibly 2 to 3 generations depending on practices of abdication in the empire (I for one would much rather retire to a cushy beach than stay THE biggest target in the empire my whole life). then georgiou would only be 1/4 or 1/8th japanese which frankly can often be hardly noticeable. however it isn't unreasonable to assume a unbroken line of succession for a hundred years. and they do have similar eyebrows.
    – Ummdustry
    Jan 17, 2018 at 20:50

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Probably not genetically, but possibly by a chain of adoption

In S1x12: Vaulting Ambition, Georgiou's list of titles and style is given as:

All Hail her most Imperial Majesty, Mother of the Fatherland, Overlord of Vulcan, Dominus of Kronos, Regina Andor, All Hail Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius.

The part of particular interest is in the distinctly roman-looking section of her name. Iaponius is latin for Japanese. According to Jordan Nardino, writer for that episode, he considers that Hoshi Sato took the title Iaponius on her ascension to Empress to "honor her homeland".

Nardino goes on to say that given their different ethnic backgrounds, its unlikely they were genetically related. But in the same manner that most Roman emperors adopted someone into their house to name them as heir, he envisages this is how the terran Imperial throne is passed down and Emperor Georgiou is an unbroken chain of succession from Empress Sato 100 years previously.

This is all qualified as "one writer's opinion" and "not canon until it's on screen" by the source, but given the canonical Iaponius among her titles and styles, it seems reasonable to assume that even if Georgiou is not related to Sato, she is at least trying to link herself to the former empress by adopting such a name.

  • Interesting observation! I didn't consider the style of her regal title (fosusing on the lack of the name Sato instead), but it does bring up a plausible connection.
    – ouflak
    Jan 26, 2018 at 13:41

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