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Today's World Census Report
The Most Compassionate Citizens in Equestria
Exhaustive World Census tests involving kittens revealed the following nations to be the most compassionate.
As a region, Equestria is ranked 6,529th in the world for Most Compassionate Citizens.
|101.||The Kingdom of Unicronland||Corporate Police State||“Work harder or die”|
|102.||The Alicornian Dominion of The Equinia Confederation||Iron Fist Consumerists||“Vera gentis equis”|
|103.||The Holy Empire of The Britannian Annex||Anarchy||“All Hail Britannia!”|
|104.||The Celestial Concordat of The Alicorns||Compulsory Consumerist State||“Forever.”|
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- : Embassy cancelled between The federated union of stars and Equestria.
- : The Community of Liberal Party of Equestria arrived from South Pacific.
- : The Faction of Communist Party of Equestria arrived from The Pacific.
- : The Free Land of Super Sexy Ponies departed this region for Special Equestrian Zone.
- : The Free Land of Super Sexy Ponies arrived from The Pacific.
- : Yackyackistan ceased to exist.
- : The Shenanigans of Dragoria updated the World Factbook entry.
- : The Commonwealth of Kazizastan of the region Special Equestrian Zone proposed constructing embassies.
- : Embassy established between Equestria and The United Alliances of Heavenly Heights.
- : Embassy established between Equestria and The Federation of Unified Countries.
Equestria Regional Message Board
I understand, I just didn't think of "magical talking ponies" as something that someone can do wrong. I mean, you could have FiM be set with humans and it would still be the same thing, just less needlessly-girly. Remove the hearts and ponies, and fill it with wizards and angels (or whatever a decent substitute for fliers would be), and it could be on prime-time. The magical talking ponies are just a, for lack of a better word, casting choice.
For whatever reason, when I read this, I thought of http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0184135/, which are two ENTIRELY different things.
Not really. They add a more innocent and childish element to the show, allowing to escape the constraints that your run-of-the-mill prime-time show would encounter, i.e. confusing love triangles and fake character deaths. Substituting them would remove, for lack of a better term, the show's unique magic.
This one seems like it'd be a bit more interesting, though.
I primarily got interested in the show because I was wondering how a girly show with ponies could possibly be any good. Had it been wizards and angels, I probably would have passed it up in the first place.
In fact, a unique premise is really one of the things that helps bring me into a show or video game. There's the anime/manga Daily Life with Monster Girls for example. You could switch out the monster girls for regular ones, but then it would just join the sea of all the other harem stuff I would never bother with.
See? Someone understands.
Right off the bat, the show throws out one of the most basic assumptions in fiction: that the main characters have hands. Considering how many fantasy settings rehash the same formula of humans, pointy-eared humans, and short humans, that's pretty refreshing. And then it actually shows the effects of this, at least some of the time (when the writers remember). Ponies are different from humans and do things differently from humans. The goal of the show is still to use ponies as a commentary on human friendships, so these differences tend to get used more for humor than as a plot foundation, but who doesn't like a good laugh? I like clever plot points, whether you're using them for comedy or drama. And there are definitely episodes where, while you could rework the broad plot outline and moral to work with non-ponies, it definitely wouldn't be the same story anymore.
One thing I like is how magic is normal and permeates society, used even by average civilians for everyday stuff, rather than supposedly existing but only ever getting used by the main heroes and/or seeming to have no application other than combat. Magic weather control as a means of irrigation isn't just used that one time to end the Legendary Drought of Plot-Relevance, but is standard procedure to the point that many ponies are confused and scared by the notion of weather that isn't under their control. Induced lightning strikes are used as pranks. Telekinesis is so mundane that you don't notice half the time.
Also, they are adorable. Uniquely adorable, in a way fundamentally different from, say, human children. Originality is good, but it helps to be original in an appealing way.
Everything is something that someone can do wrong. No matter how terrible something is, there is always a way it can be made even more terrible.
Not really. For one, wizards and angels don't have cutie marks.
Horses are just plain faster than humans. Even a winged human wouldn't convincingly pull off the same grace in the skies a powerful and streamlined pegasus. Rainbow Dash, arguably the least girly of the main cast, would actually lose the most from not being a pony.
For that matter, are you really going to have a humanoid character named "Rainbow Dash"?
Applejack competes in rodeos, which generally requires there to be ponies involved somehow, either you are one or you're riding one. Footraces exist, but they're not as iconic as horse races. Various ponies are seen pulling carts. The ponies on the show clearly do, at times, do horse-y things, because they are horses and are fundamentally better at doing those things than humans (or angels or wizards) would be.
This extends to basic body language. Like Rainbow Dash bucking thin air to vent frustration in Hurricane Fluttershy. Sure, you could convey exactly the same emotion with a human making a fist, but the fact that they actually did draw things the pony way rather than just having Rainbow Dash rear up and awkwardly try to make a fist with her forehoof is a clever touch that reminds you "oh right, ponies!". Even something that small is entertainingly novel and clever.
And, pretty importantly, there isn't a show about a society composed equally of humans, wizards, and angels, that I know of.
Well, you could do a show about innocent and childish humans, but if their personalities are girly, why not make their bodies girly too?
Alright, I'm withdrawing this nation from the WA. I'm entering the defending business!
Not that the WA actually does anything except enforce bureaucracy and exceptional stupidity.
I've managed to blend in with the crowd enough that the only times that the WA recognizes my existence is through those endless telegrams. They can't enforce their ideas over twenty-eight THOUSAND nations, after all. So for the most part, I only abide by the "laws" I agree with.
Ok, I'll give you this one.
You can substitute all of these things for equivalent human actions and events too. And of course you wouldn't name them the same, because it's a different setting(-like idea). The struggle for Hasbro was coming up with equivalents for human actions with ponies, but with humans you wouldn't have that problem.
And honestly, the "magical talking horses" is something that, for the most part, drives people away from MLP. It's a rare few that are actually attracted to it because of that detail.
And there wasn't a show about a society composed equally of earth ponies, unicorns, and pegasi before MLP either. Your point?
We're talking about if MLP:FiM didn't exist and was instead created with a humanized setting. Not much would change; it would still be the slice-of-life-comedy/adventure show we all enjoy. It would just be less prejudiced against.
Duh. Good writing is hard. That's why it's more impressive when you succeed.
(And no, the writers don't always succeed. But they do often enough that it gives the show its own unique charm, that can't be found somewhere else.)
So? Almost every story becomes dreadfully boring if you boil it down to its most basic plot elements without considering the presentation.
And nobody would have come up with the idea if not for the fact that unicorns and pegasi are the two best-known mythological horse variants.
That's actually a pretty rare division. A fair number of settings have a more-physically-adept species and a more-magically-adept species, but flight generally either gets left off or gets lumped in as a secondary ability of the magical species (whether it's natural flight, or magical flight on broomsticks or something). It's actually pretty unusual to force you to decide between either flight or magic without being able to have both. (Which is why I feel that the one pony type that actually are able to have both, alicorns, should be used extremely sparingly, and handing it out to losers like Cadence and Flurry Heart is cheating.)
Same goes for many of the other things that are original about Equestria. Maybe you could implement all of those things in a humanoid world, but if you're already changing so much from the standard formula, why not go the last step and change the "humanoid" part too? Your setting barely resembles standard humans anymore anyway.