Originally Posted by DannydeK
This is in fact a parallell universe (see it as a mirror episode, just another mirror). Since in the comics the 'real' universe still exists after Nero and Spock are gone. In fact, they don't even relise they travelled to another universe.
No, not a parallel universe, an alternate timeline that branches off from the original timeline/universe...
A parallel universe would have it's own beginning...the Abrams timeline shares the same beginning as the Trek universe we know and revere.