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WA Delegate: The United Utopia of Untspah (elected )

Founder: Makrtopia

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Most Nations: 134th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 145th Most Influential: 461st+3
Most Cultured: 1,232nd Most Rebellious Youth: 1,935th Nudest: 1,991st
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A blossoming empire full of various Equestrian nations, this region seeks peace and acceptance. Originally founded by Makrtopia, and currently managed by its major World Assembly delegate, The United Utopia of Untspah, Equestria invites and welcomes with open arms anyone wanting a new home or second chance.

To new nations: Please, be certain to join the World Assembly, and once you have, don't forget to endorse our regional delegate. Not only does this help strengthen them, it helps prevent hostile take-overs and invasions. And we don't want those to happen again, do we?

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Embassies: Pony Lands, Winterfell, Unified Skaian Syndicate of Rulers, The Derpy Dominion, Freedom and Justice Alliance, Farkistan, Crystal Empire, Terra Magnificum, Avadam Inn, The Dirt Alliance, The Galactic Federacy, Sagittarius Arm, Social Enterprise of The Gulf, Serenity, WAYNE 2016, Hollow Point, and 14 others.Mahtomedi, The Empire of Friendship, The Brohoof Union, Scotland and Northern Ireland, The Lunar Islands, International Freedom Union, EC 320, Sandbox, Telltale Community, Krillin, Nationalist Commonwealth of Free Regions, The Delta Librae Galaxy, The Federation of Unified Countries, and The United Alliances of Heavenly Heights.

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The Principality of Trotterdam wrote:I thought the earlier seasons were better. Back then, the good probably did outweigh the bad. In season 5, not so much. But then, the show's always been scattershot, so whether you think the average quality has been going up or down, each season (and even each individual episode) has had its high and low points. There's also a certain force of habit. By now I'm emotionally invested enough in the characters that I care about what happens to them, even if their new adventures aren't as good as the old ones. Plus, I'm still hoping they'll bounce back up to their earlier quality. (That's one reason I've been slow to respond - I keep hoping for an episode that I can point at and say "yeah, see, THIS is how it's supposed to be done".)

See, that's the response I was waiting for. I was inviting you to elaborate on and organize the ideas you had previously scattered throughout your posts, since clearly I couldn't do it myself. (I have a tendency to get tunnel vision when I'm debating, which is why I keep making myself make people restate their thoughts.)

The Principality of Trotterdam wrote:Do you know a better show about magical talking ponies?

No, but I thought it absurd that that would be one of someone's primary reasons to watch the show.

The Last Remnants of Our Town Restored wrote:
No, but I thought it absurd that that would be one of someone's primary reasons to watch the show.

Just to quickly throw in my two cents on this solitary point, a cool concept is one of the main draws of any show or movie. That's why films like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, despite being terrible, have people watch it. Execution is secondary. Execution has to be consistent for a show to be enjoyable, but a cool concept will keep drawing you back even if the show isn't good, thinking "Maybe this is the episode where they get it right. Maybe this time..."

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The Blood Bathed Bastion of Quintolania wrote:Just to quickly throw in my two cents on this solitary point, a cool concept is one of the main draws of any show or movie. That's why films like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, despite being terrible, have people watch it. Execution is secondary. Execution has to be consistent for a show to be enjoyable, but a cool concept will keep drawing you back even if the show isn't good, thinking "Maybe this is the episode where they get it right. Maybe this time..."

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.

The Blood Bathed Bastion of Quintolania wrote:The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

For whatever reason, when I read this, I thought of http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0184135/, which are two ENTIRELY different things.

The Last Remnants of Our Town Restored wrote: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.

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.

The Last Remnants of Our Town Restored wrote:
For whatever reason, when I read this, I thought of http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0184135/, which are two ENTIRELY different things.

This one seems like it'd be a bit more interesting, though.

The Last Remnants of Our Town Restored wrote: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.

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.

The Blood Bathed Bastion of Quintolania wrote:Just to quickly throw in my two cents on this solitary point, a cool concept is one of the main draws of any show or movie. That's why films like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, despite being terrible, have people watch it. Execution is secondary. Execution has to be consistent for a show to be enjoyable, but a cool concept will keep drawing you back even if the show isn't good, thinking "Maybe this is the episode where they get it right. Maybe this time..."

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.

The Last Remnants of Our Town Restored wrote:I understand, I just didn't think of "magical talking ponies" as something that someone can do wrong.

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.

The Last Remnants of Our Town Restored wrote: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.

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.

The Blood Bathed Bastion of Quintolania wrote: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.

Well, you could do a show about innocent and childish humans, but if their personalities are girly, why not make their bodies girly too?

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Terrible.

Alright, I'm withdrawing this nation from the WA. I'm entering the defending business!

The Matriarchy of Gin Rummy wrote:Alright, I'm withdrawing this nation from the WA. I'm entering the defending business!

Good luck.

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