WA Delegate: The United Utopia of Untspah (elected )
Embassies: The Black Hawks, Winterfell, Unified Skaian Syndicate of Rulers, Spokane, The Derpy Dominion, Pony Lands, Freedom and Justice Alliance, Farkistan, War Weary, The United States For Civil Rights, Aetha, Crystal Empire, Terra Magnificum, and The legend of Zelda.
Regional Power: Very High
Today's World Census Report
The Most Subsidized Industry in Equestria
Nations ranked highly spend more public money on developing and supporting industry, a practice known as 'corporate welfare.'
As a region, Equestria is ranked 3,236th in the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
|1.||The Human-Pony Nation of Zachtia||Left-wing Utopia||“Ponies and Humans Unite!”|
|2.||The Corporate Conglomerates of Conexus||New York Times Democracy||“Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat!”|
|3.||The Independent City-States of Primarius||Left-Leaning College State||“Libertas Justitia Veritas!”|
|4.||The Federal Republic of Armatus Exclave||Left-Leaning College State||“Ex Unitate Vires!”|
|5.||The Harmonic Imperium of The Alicorns||Benevolent Dictatorship||“Let the earth and heavens be my domain”|
|6.||The Alicornian Dominion of Unitas Republic||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“United forever.”|
|7.||The Eternal Empire of The Equinia Confederation||Iron Fist Consumerists||“Vera gentis equis”|
|8.||The Colony of Alvus||New York Times Democracy||“Amor Omnibus Idem!”|
|9.||The Dominion of Sachnia||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Where Rails and Rivers Meet”|
|10.||The Armed Republic of Wishper||Liberal Democratic Socialists||“No Mercy For The Guilty”|
- : Scienceandponies ceased to exist.
- : Imperio ignis aeterni ceased to exist.
- : Fovanic ceased to exist.
- : Embassy established between Equestria and The legend of Zelda.
- : Embassy established between Equestria and Terra Magnificum.
- : The Dictatorship of Ictisia departed this region for SIATechistan.
- : The Imperial Equestrian Duchy of Armetesia arrived from Osiris.
- : The Oppressed Peoples of Hoovies arrived from 10000 Islands.
- : The Constitutional Monarchy of Jaguarys departed this region for 10000 Islands.
- : The Commonwealth of Procyonia arrived from The Pacific.
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Well, that little diversion was fun! Who wants to watch the alternate endings?
Steam Calliope? Is there any other kind?
Also, wow Tumblr is terrible. How do you manage to fail at showing a simple static image?
From what I've read they can work with various gasses.
Did it not load? I'm only using tumblr because the site i used to use, DA, doesn't take down stolen art or even blatant cp when reported. I can throw it up on imgur later if that's easier.
Oh right, they have compressed air calliopes nowadays.
Wonder whether Equestria would actually have those given their techlevel. They're still using steam trains.
Warning, wall of text and large amounts of probable overanalysis and conjecture.
Victorian-era to Modern-era technology depending on where one lives. Frontier areas like Appleloosa and Dodge Junction are more Victorian/American Wild West. Rural areas nearer to the "core" are a mixture, but modern enough to at least enough electricity to support having a hydroelectric dam nearby(S2E8). Earthbound cities are likely the most modern of the lot. Cloudsdale is an unknown, but at least has some level of industrialization going on as they do have a weather factory(S1E16). Transport wise is as you say, use of steam trains. There is knowledge of at least something comparable to modern engines for use in boats, as seen in Manehatten(S4E8). Use of lighter than air for aerial transport is used, with that hot air balloon (Every opening) and Prince Blueblood's airship (S2E9). Personal transportation is on the other hand is largely carriages and hoof, but if you're a horse you probably don't need the automobile. Military wise is largely unknown, as there is knowledge of tanks (S2E7) and perhaps gunpowder(Party Cannon), but use of medieval weaponry and armor either hides it or Equestria's world is largely still medieval/renaissance level with military technology and doctrine.May at some understanding of aerial doctrine with places that have access to flight, as Equestria does maintain the Wonderbolts as something clearly separate from the Royal Guard but will deploy them in emergencies that may need immediate military assistance(S2E10). Space-wise is seemingly non-existent, except for that one time someone got sent to the moon, but astronomy does seem to be alive and well in Equestria with Twilight watching the sun and the night sky(S2E20, S1E14,S1E20).
If the trains are running on steam why do they show teams of stallions pulling them? And why pulling also the engine, the heaviest single section of the train, rather than just the cars?
Oh. Right. "Buy our toys".
Well, we only saw a train pulled by horses once, in the very first time a train showed up (Over a Barrel). As I recall, Lauren Faust admitted to not thinking that one through clearly - she didn't want to commit Equestria to having steam technology, so she had horses pulling the train, but she felt a train doesn't "look right" without the iconic locomotive shape, so she added one anyway, making some sort of perverse Frankenstein hybrid train.
Then they introduced an explicit steam train anyway because "buy our toys".
One fan theory I've seen is that that the train was supposed to run on steam, but the engine was out of order, so they had ponies pull the train just that once in order to not fall behind schedule. Though really, it seems implausible to me that the shown number of ponies could pull that much train. (I think the broken engine was kept running on low power so it wouldn't, umm, something. I'm pretty sure the author had an excuse for why there was visible steam even though the engine wasn't actually pulling the train.)
Personally I'm disappointed that other than that one original train (which didn't make sense) and the Crystal Empire train from Three's a Crowd (eww), all the trains we've seen are the same Friendship Express design (because that's the one they've made a toy of, of course). Don't get me wrong, it's a fine design and I wouldn't mind it being, say, the Ponyville-Canterlot train (probably the single most-often-used route by the main characters), but you'd think trains running to elsewhere wouldn't all have the same pink locomotive with a heart-shaped window.
You mean rural areas are Wild West while major industrialized cities are Victorian, which means they're the same techlevel :)
I would peg the overall techlevel of Equestria as around 1900-ish, plus or minus a decade or two, but possibly more advanced on some areas and less in others compared to our history (no reason everything needs to advance at the same rate). Roughly Victorian to WW1 (with air travel being among the more advanced topics, it seems).
I also imagine that sometimes ponies like to use retro equipment simply for aesthetics - or even modern equipment designed to look retro. Hence the continued use of quills even though they have pencils.
The boat wasn't even relevant to the episode, as in, blink and you'll miss it. (I did. What did it look like?)
If you count everything that appears on-screen for a few seconds because the writers tossed in some background eye candy without really thinking about it, you're going to get a techlevel far in advance of what most episodes point to (think arcade machines, which implies computers, or Jet Set's cutie mark).
It would make more sense for Equestria to use steamboats, which would be consistent with their rail technology.
Sailing ships would probably also remain current longer in a world where you can control the weather at will. Note that windjammers and steamships did exist side-by-side for a while.
Lighter-than-air aircraft but not heavier-than-air (if they do have them, or are close to inventing them, then I'd expect early biplanes, which would fit reasonably with the overall aesthetic) again suggests early-20th-century technology.
Tank has a helicopter flying harness, explicitly powered by magic, but the small size makes it feasible at a lower techlevel than a full-size helicopter.
Pinkie Pie had several different scientifically-dubious flying vehicles in Griffon the Brush Off, but come on, Pinkie Pie.
(Though given pegasi and the size of their wings, maybe flight is just easier in Equestria. Do they have a denser atmosphere or lighter gravity?)
Well it depends. Modern cars can definitely go considerably faster than horses, and keep the pace up longer (an average galloping horse is something like 40-50 km/h, and a horse can only maintain a gallop for a few minutes at best, so you'd more likely be looking at canter or even trot speeds for normal travel - pegasi on the wing'd be faster, but still not enough to compete with highway speeds for long), but congestion and traffic jams could cancel that out in busy population centers. So what you might see is that ponies prefer to travel on hoof within city limits, but for longer-distance travel they'll hitch a ride on a train or aircraft - which, go figure, is exactly what we observe.
As a guideline, I think pony hoof speeds are comparable to those of a human on a bicycle.
Gunpowder is clearly known, but is used mostly for fireworks (for which it was used in our world for centuries before guns became practical). It is unknown if it is ever used for weapons (Pinkie's cannon probably doesn't use gunpowder - it'd scorch the confetti! - although it appears designed to deliberately imitate weapons that do, implying having at least heard of them).
Ponies do have pretty advanced fireworks, able to make them sparkle in multiple colors and in fancy patterns.
Ponies would have a hard time using handguns anyway, what with having no hands. Same goes for medieval bows and crossbows, for that matter. There are some small ranged weapons non-unicorn ponies could reasonably use (kicking projectiles a la Applejack in Dragonshy, using a sling the same way Applejack uses her lasso, blowdarts, I guess you could toss a chakram from the hoof, lightning bolts - hey, I said non-unicorn, not non-pegasus), but I think they would overall have an easier time using larger weapons like cannons, catapults, or ballistae: a stable firing platform makes for easier aiming without delicate fingerwork, which the weight isn't so much of a problem since ponies are so strong.
Having one-third of your population be able to fly naturally would have made aerial tactics a factor in their military doctrine since ancient times, long before it was ever relevant to humans. Air vehicles probably were too, if you count pegasus-pulled chariots.
When/if they did/do eventually develop more sophisticated air vehicles like fighter planes, they would likely see it as "more of the same", just as we see tanks as an evolution of existing ground forces and under the command of the army, rather than forming a brand new branch of the armed forces.
I never understood their appearance in that episode. Up until that point, the Wonderbolts had been presented only as doing performance acrobatics. The immediately-previous episode expanded that to competitive racing, but that's still entertainment. They did try to save Rarity in Sonic Rainboom, but considering their abject failure at doing so despite their great speed, I figured they were just acting as good samaritans rather than that being an official part of their duties.
I guess this episode meant to use the "look, even the Wonderbolts lost!" card to show how dire the situation is, but it just fell flat for me because up until that point I had been given no reason to even expect the Wonderbolts would be of any use. Combining that with their very low screentime, failure to do anything useful, and complete irrelevance to anything else happening, their inclusion in the episode seemed like a rather random aside.
Telescopes were first developed in 1608 and were quite sophisticated by the Victorian era. (Neptune was discovered in 1846.)
I am not familiar with this word. What does it mean?
I would like to hear about these two.
Well, Gears is a sort of generic mad scientist, doing mad sciency things while making horrible puns. Then something goes horribly wrong or explodes or something. Call is his henchmare, but only took the job after her musical career failed to take off and she needed the money for the gallons of conditioner to prevent her mane/tail looking like Pinkie Pie's. She mostly rolls her eyes at him and winds up rescuing from the various messes. Something sort of like Drakken and Shego from Kim Possible if you're familiar with it, except they're not really so much evil as Gears gets too excited about whether he can do exciting new science thing to think about whether he should, and Steam is annoyed at everything because this is NOT how her life was supposed to go.