Re: Who raised James Kirk in the primary reality?
^ Kodos was referred to in dialogue as Governor. That's all the proof I need that 1) he really was a Governor, and 2) Kodos was his real name.
As for any perceived ridiculousness in the plot: Blame Kodos. He may have been the Governor, but he was also obviously batshit insane.
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