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The Emperor or Empress of the Terran Empire was the absolute monarch of the Terran Empire in the mirror universe, serving as head of state, head of government, legislative authority, commander-in-chief of the Terran Armed Forces, and final judicial authority all in one. (ENT episode: "In a Mirror, Darkly", Mirror Universe novels: Age of the Empress, The Sorrows of Empire, DSC episode: "The Wolf Inside", DSC episode: "Vaulting Ambition")


The Terran Empire was formed some time prior to the 22nd century. By the 2150s the Empire and Emperor’s powerbase was at risk due to a significant uprising in conquered races, who had formed a rebellion that the Imperial Starfleet was hard-pressed to contain. Eventually, this rebellion was destroyed when Jonathan Archer of the ISS Enterprise managed to procure the USS Defiant, a Federation starship from our universe's 23rd century, and used it against the rebel forces. However, Archer was poisoned, and the Defiant, the most advanced starship in that continuum's known space, fell into the hands of Hoshi Sato I, who took the vessel to Earth and declared herself Empress. (ENT episode: "In a Mirror, Darkly")

Empress Sato I later married Andorian General Thy'lek Shran in order to solidify her powerbase and appease the Andorians. Eventually, she was forced to kill Shran, forming an alliance with T'Pol of Vulcan. She released the Vulcans from bondage and gave them nearly partner status within the Empire to Humans. As part of her ongoing mechanisms, she resurrected Archer. Empress Sato I went on to sire a dynasty that ruled the Terran Empire for 122 years. (ENT - Mirror Universe novel: Age of the Empress)

In 2256, Philippa Georgiou was Empress. She ruled from her vast flagship, the ISS Charon. (DSC episode: "The Wolf Inside", DSC episode: "Vaulting Ambition")

In the wake of her disappearance and presumed death, her cousin Lord Alexander took power briefly. (DSC - Succession comic: "Issue 1")

Soon after, he was killed and unseated by Michael Burnham, who, at her coronation was assassinated by Airiam, who then became the third holder of the position in the span of several weeks. (DSC - Succession comic: "Issue 4")

In 2267, Imperial Starfleet Captain James T. Kirk aspired to reach the position of Emperor. (TOS episode: "Mirror, Mirror")

He was assassinated that year by Spock, who seized control of the Tantalus field and used a combination of targeted assassinations and diplomacy to amass sufficient support within Starfleet to assume the position of Grand Admiral. Empress Sato III personally invited him to the Imperial Palace in Okinawa, where she intended to murder him. Instead, Spock, with the aid of Saavik, assassinated Sato and assumed the throne himself -- the first non-Terran to rule the Terran Empire. (TOS - Mirror Universe novel: The Sorrows of Empire)

Spock was the last of the Terran Emperors. He initiated a series of liberal reforms that greatly diminished the Emperor's power, and in 2293, he abolished the position of the Emperor and the Empire itself, installing himself as the first Consul of the Terran Republic. (TOS - Mirror Universe novel: The Sorrows of Empire)

Alternate mirror universe timelines

In one timeline, Kirk did assume power, becoming known as Emperor Tiberius. However, he was betrayed by his Prime Minister, Spock. The position of Emperor was then left vacant and the Empire collapsed. Nevertheless, Kirk survived and continued to claim the title, despite the Empire being conquered by the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance. (TOS novels: Spectre, Dark Victory)

In one possible permutation of the mirror universe which was encountered through a quantum fissure in 2380, the Terran Empire still existed and was ruled by an empress. Before being sent to the primary universe through the fissure, the ISS Enterprise-E was returning to Earth to bring tribute to the Empress. (TNG novel: Q & A)

Monarchs of the Terran Empire
by century Icon of the Terran Empire.
Various dates Sherman
20th century Adolf HitlerPol PotOswaldJimmy CarterHenry Starling
21st century George the Second
22nd century Sato I
23rd century Sato IIStephane LouvinPhilippa GeorgiouAlexanderMichael BurnhamAiriamSato IIISpockGarth of IzarJohn GillHarry MuddKodosAlex DanaherJohn CrayAndrovar DrakeTiberius the First
Heads of Government
Interstellar States Federation PresidentKlingon ChancellorRomulan PraetorImperial Romulan State EmpressRomulan EmpressRomulan Republic ProconsulCardassian CastellanCardassian Chief ExecutorFerengi Grand NagusTzenkethi AutarchGorn ImperatorGorn KingBreen DomoOrion ChancellorTholian Ruling ConclaveThallonian Prime MinisterTezwan Prime MinisterEnoch PresidentKropasar High CyningCaeliar Tanwa-SeynorralTalarian Commander-in-ChiefKinshaya Pontifex
Federation Member States United Earth Prime MinisterVulcan AdministratorVulcan First MinisterAndorian PresiderAlpha Centauri GovernorBajoran First MinisterTrill PresidentCestus GovernorBetazoid GovernorDenevan PresidentPacifican GovernorPeliar Zel GovernorZaldan LeaderZeta-Atezian Imperator
Federation Colonies Tarsus GovernorAlpha V GovernorMantilles GovernorCaldos Governor
UFP Member State Polities United States President (United Earth)Indian Prime Minister (United Earth)Governor of Prophet's Landing (Republic of Bajor)
Mirror Universe Terran EmperorTerran ConsulKlingon RegentGorn ImperatorChairman of the Galactic CommonwealthPraetor of the Romulan Star Empire