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by The Scientific Collectives of Frenequesta. . 13 reads.


“Frenequesta” is an Anglicized corruption of Fú Rén Kē Xué, which roughly means "Prosperous and Benevolent Science and Learning" in Mandarin Chinese. The phrase in turn is a translation of Divitas Humanitasque Studio, the first motto for the University of Neue Bayreuth, and Latin for “Wealth and Humanity through Learning.” The name was coined by Walter Xiang, a political science professor at UNB, as an entry into a contest to choose a name for the new nation, reflecting part of the history of Joplinia, the shared value of education of the Human and Pony cultures, and aspirations for the future.

“Joplinia-Lambscott” (often shortened to “Joplinia”) may, to those aficionados of early jazz, appear as a combination of the Big Three of ragtime. While it is true that many of the first settlers of Joplinia were ragtime fans, the name is coincidental. It instead commemorates the first three people of the Univerz-Steinbruck-Wang Joint Venture Ship #003 to set foot on the Pony Lands—Gary Joplin, David Lamb, and Rocquefort “Rochelle” Scott. All three were civil engineers who erected the first permanent structure of the Joplinians. Scott would later become the first Joplinian to become fluent in Equestrian, and published the first systematic study of Pony-Joplinian relations.

“Neighland” is an Anglicized form of Nêfjeillä, Equestrian for “land of the foxes.” The fox was (and still is) a common animal, and the most common predator, in the Neighlander region, particularly in the Clearmount River area. According to Neighlander lore, a fox led River Neigh, one of the first Earth Pony farmers in the area, to a wild cherry tree, which he developed into the Neighlander Ruby, the first distinct variety of cherry from the country.