History Fanfic / TheLifeAndTimesOfAWinningPony

11th Jul '17 11:40:50 AM Theriocephalus
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* FamousAncestor: Cloud Kicker, like all members of her clan, can eventually trace her (admittedly indirect) descent to Shadow Kicker, one of Equestria’s most celebrated heroes and a champion of Celestia’s during the Lunar Rebellion.



* ExactWords: Early in the Gathering Shadows, [[spoiler:Shadow Kicker promised a Griffon Archduke that she wouldn't castrate or flay him if he revealed where the remaining pony captives were, not that she wouldn't have him hung if she found out he'd killed said pony captives and eaten from their corpes.]]

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* DroitDuSeigneur: ''Jus primae noctis'', the right for nobles to take the virginity of any of their subjects, is mentioned, although it’s noted that there’s no proof that it was ever a real thing beyond anti-nobility propaganda and exaggerated rumors of real events.
* ExactWords: Early in the Gathering Shadows, [[spoiler:Shadow Kicker promised a Griffon Archduke that she wouldn't castrate or flay him if he revealed where the remaining pony captives were, not that she wouldn't have him hung if she found out he'd killed said pony captives and eaten from their corpes.]]corpes]].
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: More a case of Amorality Cannot Comprehend Morality, but it is noted that the ruthlessly pragmatic, amoral and self-interest-driven Sunbeam finds it far easier to deal with and predict actions driven by greed, self-interest and ambition (as that is largely how she operates herself). However, she has trouble understanding (and thus predicting) people who act based on genuine moral standards, usually considering them to be simply self-righteous fools.
--> '''Grandmaster Crossguard''': [S]he finds her morally driven allies to be unpredictable--she can understand greed or lust for power easily enough, and e’en loyalty, but simple altruism and decency elude her.



* {{Hypocrite}}: Swift Blade calls Celestia a tyrant who is only concerned with the well-being of one tribe (the unicorns) over the rest of Equestria and denounces Sunbeam as a monster for performing atrocities in the name of grim necessity. [[spoiler:He later performs atrocities as bad as, if not worse than, Sunbeam’s on much shakier grounds, and openly promotes Pegasopolian interests and welfare over those of the unicorns and earth ponies.]]

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* {{Hypocrite}}: {{Hypocrite}}:
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Swift Blade calls Celestia a tyrant who is only concerned with the well-being of one tribe (the unicorns) over the rest of Equestria and denounces Sunbeam as a monster for performing atrocities in the name of grim necessity. [[spoiler:He later performs atrocities as bad as, if not worse than, Sunbeam’s on much shakier grounds, and openly promotes Pegasopolian interests and welfare over those of the unicorns and earth ponies.]]]]
** In general, one of the main points of the rebels’ cause is championing mortal self-rule against bowing to immortal absolute rulers... and then they name Nightmare Moon their Commander, ally with her cultists and fight their entire rebellion under the flag. This is less the case at the beginning, when the flag is just a convenient symbol and no one expects Nightmare Moon to actually return or even still be alive, but it fully crosses into this trope when [[spoiler:the rebels openly ally themselves with Lunar cultists and Bright Charger becomes the Avatar of Nightmare Moon]].


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* LaResistance:
** Multiple small ones formed by Solar loyalists spring in earth pony territory controlled by the rebels, with their scattered and decentralized nature (as well as their ability to go to ground amongst the civilians whenever Pegasopolian troops come around) making it very difficult for the elite pegasus army to fight the otherwise inexperienced and poorly supplied earth pony militias.
** A larger resistance is led by the unicorn magus Mossy Banks, who gathered a large number of loyalist earth ponies in his home in Froggy Bottom Bog and started striking rebel patrols and supply trains, keeping attacks at bay with a combination of ambushes, hostile terrain and using his magic to turn the very bog and its animals against invaders. It’s mentioned that in modern times, Mossy Banks has become something of a folk legend.
5th Jul '17 1:20:05 PM Theriocephalus
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[VideoGame/MassEffect2 "I've got reach, and you've got flexibility!]] [[CatchPhrase We should bang.]]"]]


''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/28239/The-Life-and-Times-of-a-Winning-Pony The Life and Times of a Winning Pony]]'' ([[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8154888/1/The_Life_and_Times_of_a_Winning_Pony also available at FF.Net]]) is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic by Chengar Qordath. The story tracks the life and times of Cloud Kicker, a fun-loving EthicalSlut with a tendency to have lots of random sexual encounters and end up in wild misadventures. The story weaves reasonably well into actual episode screentime, and also points out some of the [[Main/ThePowerOfFriendship cronyism]] inherent in Equestrian society.

Side-stories and recursive fanfiction for this fic have been written by numerous authors, and these are collectively referred to as "the Winningverse". They range from the comic tale of Pinkie Pie's attempts to make a romantically dense Rainbow Dash realize her affections, to the more serious story of Derpy Hooves running off to Ponyville after being kicked out from her family for an unplanned pregnancy. There is also a series of stories (beginning [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/209825/a-moment-in-the-sun here]]) focusing on Sunset Shimmer during and after her stint as Celestia's student, centering mostly on her adventures in [[WretchedHive Freeport]], and which are related to the main Winningverse mostly by a shared setting and backstory, although the narratives are quite separate.

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[VideoGame/MassEffect2 "I've [[caption-width-right:350:"[[VideoGame/MassEffect2 I've got reach, and you've got flexibility!]] [[CatchPhrase We should bang.]]"]]


''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/28239/The-Life-and-Times-of-a-Winning-Pony The Life and Times of a Winning Pony]]'' ([[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8154888/1/The_Life_and_Times_of_a_Winning_Pony also available at FF.Net]]) is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic by Chengar Qordath. The story tracks the life and times of Cloud Kicker, a fun-loving EthicalSlut with a tendency to have lots of random sexual encounters and end up in wild misadventures. The story weaves reasonably well into actual episode screentime, and also points out some of the [[Main/ThePowerOfFriendship cronyism]] inherent in Equestrian society.

society. It is complete and has an in-progress sequel, ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/275748/the-new-life-of-a-winning-pony The New Life of a Winning Pony]]''.

There is also a prequel, ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/77470/the-lunar-rebellion The Lunar Rebellion]]'', set nine hundred years before the events of the show and focusing on Cloud Kicker's FamousAncestor Shadow Kicker, one of Celestia's lieutenants during the Lunar Rebellion, when the pegasi of Pegasopolis rose in revolt against Celestia under the flag in Nightmare Moon. It is in progress.

Side-stories and recursive fanfiction for this fic have been written by numerous authors, and these are collectively referred to as "the Winningverse".the Winningverse. They range from the comic tale of Pinkie Pie's attempts to make a romantically dense Rainbow Dash realize her affections, to the more serious story of Derpy Hooves running off to Ponyville after being kicked out from her family for an unplanned pregnancy. There is also a series of stories (beginning [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/209825/a-moment-in-the-sun here]]) focusing on Sunset Shimmer during and after her stint as Celestia's student, centering mostly on her adventures in [[WretchedHive Freeport]], and which are related to the main Winningverse mostly by a shared setting and backstory, although the narratives are quite separate.
separate, as the Sunset stories are set some years before the events of the show proper.
3rd Jul '17 5:37:54 PM Theriocephalus
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* UpperClassTwit: The Canterlot nobility in general, being as a whole a bunch of foppish, self-centered and superficial aristocrats who contribute absolutely nothing of value to society, but most notably Duke Polaris, especially once he’s given command of the loyalist armed forces and keeps treating war preparations and tactics as another political game, discarding valuable wartime allies and hurting the war effort to gain personal glory and advantages in Canterlot’s internal politics.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Swift Blade is essentially one who got his facts wrong. He honestly believes that Celestia is a tyrant, that Nightmare Moon was banished unjustly and should be returned to power, and that Equestria would be genuinely better off as a military dictatorship. Even if he were right, that still doesn’t excuse [[spoiler:allying with [[BadPowersBadPeople warlocks and lunar cultists]], violently overthrowing other governments, and using [[BlackMagic blood magic]] to turn a fellow ephor into the Avatar of Nightmare Moon.]]

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* UpperClassTwit: The Canterlot nobility in general, being as a whole a bunch of foppish, self-centered and superficial aristocrats who contribute absolutely nothing of value to society, but most notably centrally Duke Polaris, especially once he’s given command of the loyalist armed forces and keeps treating war preparations and tactics as another political game, discarding valuable wartime allies and hurting the war effort to gain personal glory and advantages in Canterlot’s internal politics.
politics. This is somewhat mitigated in Polaris' case, as although he is factually unqualified for leading armed forces, he is aware of this and makes a point of surrounding himself with advisers who ''are'', allowing him to command his forces with a surpassing degree of competency.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Swift Blade is essentially one who got his facts wrong. He honestly believes that Celestia is a tyrant, that Nightmare Moon was banished unjustly and should be returned to power, and that Equestria would be genuinely better off as a military dictatorship. Even if he were right, that still doesn’t excuse [[spoiler:allying with [[BadPowersBadPeople warlocks and lunar cultists]], violently overthrowing other governments, and using [[BlackMagic blood magic]] to turn a fellow ephor into the Avatar of Nightmare Moon.]]Moon]].
3rd Jul '17 1:27:06 PM Theriocephalus
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* TheArchmage: Together with acting as Celestia’s vizier, this is Sunbeam’s official position as the Archmagus of Canterlot, tasked with overseeing Canterlot’s magical academy and overseeing the magic users in and around Canterlot. There are also four other Archmagi overseeing the western, northern, eastern and southern portions of Unicornia, and while all five are technically equals the Archmagus of Canterlot is far and away the most influential, and the de facto leader of Unicornia’s magic orders.



* HonorBeforeReason:
** This appears to be something of a recurring flaw for the pegasi, who value their martial and ethical honor so highly that they will always choose what they perceive as the more honorable path in a given matter, even if their other, less honorable options were objectively smarter, less costly or otherwise more expedient. It’s mentioned at one point that their tradition of never surrendering their city to outsiders and fighting to the last has resulted in a long history of needless last stands that got a lot of ponies killed for the sake of pride.
** This is specifically something of an issue with Shadow herself. A good example would be how, when seeking allies against Duke Polaris (a self-centered noble who had been given full command of the armed forces despite being highly unqualified for the role), she persistently refused to ally with Sunbeam, whom she saw as distasteful and dishonorable, despite it being her only realistic choice for gaining useful allies, with the avenues she pursued instead gaining her little beyond lost time that allowed Polaris to cement his position.



--> “[…] Is it not better that one of us survives?” “Would that the better of my sons had.” Mother struck him full across the cheek. “Instead he died so that thou might live.”

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--> “[…] "[...] Is it not better that one of us survives?” “Would survives?" "Would that the better of my sons had." Mother struck him full across the cheek. “Instead "Instead he died so that thou might live."



* LastStand: The pegasi have a tradition of engaging any invader to the last rather than ever surrendering their city to outside forces. In a footnote, Cloud Kicker notes that this has historically resulted in a great deal of ponies dying needlessly over matters of pride, and that as a survivor of a near last stand herself she sees little appeal in the concept. A short while later in the story proper, Shadow concedes that it’s easy to speak of dying gloriously when you’re not the one who’s actually going to be dying.



* RapePillageAndBurn: The Avatar uses the possibility of this as a threat to try to force Shadow to convince Celestia to surrender Canterlot, claiming that it’d be impossible to control victory-drunk soldiers seeking retribution for a long, hard siege and the deaths of close companions.

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* RapePillageAndBurn: RapePillageAndBurn:
** Griffon reivers menace Equestria’s shores early in the story, attacking coastal settlements, sacking them and kidnapping their inhabitants, whom they either enslave or eat.
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The Avatar uses the possibility of this as a threat to try to force Shadow to convince Celestia to surrender Canterlot, claiming that it’d be impossible to control victory-drunk soldiers seeking retribution for a long, hard siege and the deaths of close companions.



* RedHerring: Throughout Rising Shadows, it’s hinted that the pony who would become the Avatar of Nightmare Moon is [[spoiler:Lance Charger. Nope! She dies by accidentally swallowing some tanglehoof, and Bright Charger becomes the Avatar instead.]]

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* RedHerring: RedHerring:
** In the first few chapters, Sunbeam’s and Shadow’s constant clashes, together with the initial focus on the politics of the three Equestrian governments and Sunbeam’s less than stellar reputation and methods, make it seem as though Sunbeam will be the chief antagonist to Shadow with her attempts to force her authority over Pegasopolis, but this fades out around the end of the first act, when Pegasopolis goes into open revolt and Sunbeam and Shadow end up as allies (if reluctant ones).
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Throughout Rising Shadows, it’s hinted that the pony who would become the Avatar of Nightmare Moon is [[spoiler:Lance Charger. Nope! She dies by accidentally swallowing some tanglehoof, and Bright Charger becomes the Avatar instead.]]


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* {{Understatement}}: Shadow’s summation of Gale’s impression of Dusk Charger.
-->Gale turned to her new foster brother, a displeased frown on her face. “First and foremost, I think I will need to beat the foolhardiness out of him. He is an artless churl with the fighting skills of a goat and the manners of a timberwolf. Of all Bright Charger’s many foals, he is clearly the runt of the litter, and unworthy of being fostered to our clan. In all my many years, I’ve not seen a more clod-brained canker blossom that claimed to be a warrior of Pegasopolis. He is so dull of wit that to call him an arse-breathed mewling miscreant would be a compliment. The best use I could imagine for him is to toss him to the ground, so that he might at least be of use as a tail-leasing profligate.”\\
I began to suspect that my daughter was not overly fond of Dusk Charger.


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* UpperClassTwit: The Canterlot nobility in general, being as a whole a bunch of foppish, self-centered and superficial aristocrats who contribute absolutely nothing of value to society, but most notably Duke Polaris, especially once he’s given command of the loyalist armed forces and keeps treating war preparations and tactics as another political game, discarding valuable wartime allies and hurting the war effort to gain personal glory and advantages in Canterlot’s internal politics.


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* WrittenByTheWinners: The Ephors, and Swift Blade and Bright Charger in particular, are of the belief that Celestia rewrote much Equestria’s official history to make herself look better. They make it clear that they believe the tale of Nightmare Moon to be a smear campaign created by Celestia after unjustly overthrowing her sister to make herself sole ruler of Equestria, and further justify their alliance with warlocks and lunar cultists by the reasoning that assigning such titles is simply a way for Celestia to discredit political opponents. Subverted in the end, as this is all portrayed as being completely incorrect -- Nightmare Moon is still a MadGod, the warlocks are genuinely horrible people, and this belief in general seems to be more than anything a way for the Ephorate to retroactively justify their rebellion against Celestia -- and not all ephors buy much into this line of reasoning, for that matter.
31st May '17 7:47:15 AM Theriocephalus
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* FateWorseThanDeath: The pegasi consider being Clipped -- that is, having their wings severed -- to be this, to the point that most would prefer suicide than having to live wingless.



* KickTheDog: In the epilogue of Rising Shadows, when Bright Charger (who has already started becoming less and less sympathetic by this point) learns that one of her twins has died in battle against [[TheArchmage Sunbeam]], and that the other, realizing that he could only retreat or die a pointless death, fled. Her response?

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* KickTheDog: In the epilogue of Rising Shadows, when Bright Charger (who has already started becoming less and less sympathetic by this point) learns that one of her twins has died in battle against [[TheArchmage Sunbeam]], and that the other, realizing that he could only retreat or die a pointless death, fled. Her response?extremely cold-hearted response to this is especially notable because, earlier in the story, she had praised a soldier for doing the same thing and not pointlessly wasting his life.
16th May '17 5:15:50 PM nombretomado
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* {{Reconstruction}}: To an extent, Cloud Kicker is a reconstruction of the "Charlie", from TwoAndAHalfMen, character type. She's actually relatively nice, and clearly has rules she follows, and isn't exploiting people.

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* {{Reconstruction}}: To an extent, Cloud Kicker is a reconstruction of the "Charlie", from TwoAndAHalfMen, ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', character type. She's actually relatively nice, and clearly has rules she follows, and isn't exploiting people.
25th Mar '17 12:46:51 PM Theriocephalus
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* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler: Turns out that, 900 years before the show, Griffons partook of pony meat when they took them prisoner. Too bad this seals an Archduke's fate when Shadow finds out.]]

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* ImAHumanitarian: ImAHumanitarian:
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[[spoiler: Turns out that, 900 years before the show, Griffons partook of pony meat when they took them prisoner. Too bad this seals an Archduke's fate when Shadow finds out.]]



* WrongGenreSavvy: Most characters act like they’re in a fairly realistic military low fantasy story with GrayAndGreyMorality. [[DownplayedTrope They’re not exactly wrong]], especially in the early part of the story, but this is still part of the BlackAndWhiteMorality high fantasy setting of My Little Pony, and discrepancies show, especially in how a lot of ponies assume that Nightmare Moon’s rebellion was just a dynastic power struggle, and Celestia killed Luna and covered it up. The Wrong Genre Savvyness start to show more as the story goes on and the Gray and Grey start to markedly lighten and darken.

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* WrongGenreSavvy: Most characters act like they’re in a fairly realistic military low fantasy story with GrayAndGreyMorality. [[DownplayedTrope They’re not exactly wrong]], especially in the early part of the story, but this is still part of the BlackAndWhiteMorality high fantasy setting of My ''My Little Pony, Pony'', and discrepancies show, especially in how a lot of ponies assume that Nightmare Moon’s rebellion was just a dynastic power struggle, and Celestia killed Luna and covered it up. The Wrong Genre Savvyness start to show more as the story goes on and the Gray and Grey start to markedly lighten and darken.



* WretchedHive: Freeport is a NotSoSafeHarbor ruled by greedy merchant-princes, its guards are so corrupt they are actually expected to supplement their income with bribes, most people prefer personal blood feuds to get “justice” anyway, and it’s a haven for mercenaries, spies, and legalized piracy. There’s a fairly good justification for why a major port city is allowed to go on like this--it sits on an archipelago right between Equestria, Gryphonia, and Zebrica, meaning none of the nations can make any move on it without the other two seeing it as a threat.

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* WretchedHive: Freeport is a NotSoSafeHarbor ruled by greedy merchant-princes, its guards are so corrupt they are actually expected to supplement their income with bribes, most people prefer personal blood feuds to get “justice” anyway, and it’s a haven for mercenaries, spies, and legalized piracy. There’s a fairly good justification for why a major port city is allowed to go on like this--it this -- it sits on an archipelago right between Equestria, Gryphonia, and Zebrica, meaning none of the nations can make any move on it without the other two seeing it as a threat.
16th Mar '17 7:48:09 PM JamesHosian
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* BreatherEpisode: ''Freeport Venture: Shimmer-mare's Birthday''. The two sequels revolved around, respectively [[spoiler: an undead monster hunting a child for being a Freemind and an attack by time-traveling necromancers.]] This is a story about a child panicking over being unable to find the perfect gift for her mentor.
* DemotedToExtra: In ''Freeport Venture: Shimmer-mare's Birthday'', everyone but Kukri and Sunset are demoted. Puzzle and Strumming both only play a minor role, with only a few lines each.
3rd Jan '17 9:06:45 PM ThomasSmith
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''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/28239/The-Life-and-Times-of-a-Winning-Pony The Life and Times of a Winning Pony]]'' ([[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8154888/1/The_Life_and_Times_of_a_Winning_Pony also available at FF.Net]]) is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic by Chengar Qordath. The story tracks the life and times of Cloud Kicker, a fun-loving EthicalSlut with a tendency to have lots of random sexual encounters and end up in wild misadventures. The story weaves reasonably well into actual episode screentime, and also is unique in pointing out some of the [[Main/ThePowerOfFriendship cronyism]] inherent in Equestrian society.

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''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/28239/The-Life-and-Times-of-a-Winning-Pony The Life and Times of a Winning Pony]]'' ([[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8154888/1/The_Life_and_Times_of_a_Winning_Pony also available at FF.Net]]) is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic by Chengar Qordath. The story tracks the life and times of Cloud Kicker, a fun-loving EthicalSlut with a tendency to have lots of random sexual encounters and end up in wild misadventures. The story weaves reasonably well into actual episode screentime, and also is unique in pointing points out some of the [[Main/ThePowerOfFriendship cronyism]] inherent in Equestrian society.
21st Nov '16 8:31:53 PM Theriocephalus
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* WretchedHive: Freeport is a NotSoSafeHarbor ruled by greedy merchant-princes, its guards are so corrupt they are actually expected to supplement their income with bribes, most people prefer personal blood feuds to get “justice” anyway, and it’s a haven for mercenaries, spies, and legalized piracy. There’s a fairly good justification for why a major port city is allowed to go on like this--it sits on an archipelago right between Equstria, Gryphonia, and Zebrica, meaning none of the nations can make any move on it without the other two seeing it as a threat.

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* WretchedHive: Freeport is a NotSoSafeHarbor ruled by greedy merchant-princes, its guards are so corrupt they are actually expected to supplement their income with bribes, most people prefer personal blood feuds to get “justice” anyway, and it’s a haven for mercenaries, spies, and legalized piracy. There’s a fairly good justification for why a major port city is allowed to go on like this--it sits on an archipelago right between Equstria, Equestria, Gryphonia, and Zebrica, meaning none of the nations can make any move on it without the other two seeing it as a threat.
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