If it doesn’t make sense to you, I don’t know how I can explain it in a more clear manner, so I’ll do my best to leave it alone.
But everything official about ST09 says that the Kelvin timeline is a separate entity that exists alongside the prime timeline,
everything except, imho, ST09 itself. Sorry, but that is my honest interpretation of the events of the movie.
and it’s somewhat exasperating to me that you espouse strict adherence to official canon on the one hand while blatantly ignoring official canon in favor of your personal interpretation on the other (albeit for a different fictional universe).
It is my own interpretation of something(ST09) that is itself official canon. If everyone in charge of official canon said that Chekov and not Kirk was Captain of the Enterprise and yet you can clearly see from the tv series’ and movies that Kirk is the Captain, what would do? You would say the people, no matter how official they are, that are saying Chekov was Captain were wrong because you can clearly see from the movies and tv series’ that Kirk was the Captain.
But at this point I don’t think we’re going to get anywhere by continuing to discuss it.
I agree with you here.