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18th Sep '17 5:52:13 PM Theriocephalus
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[[WMG: The guards standing next to the throne in the opening sequence are [[EliteMooks Elite Guards]].]]
Similar to [[StarWars Emperor Palpatine's]] red royal guard, these are specially trained guards, used as a last defense. Yet they never travel with her...
* Because Celestia generally travels by air. It would be difficult to bring non-pegasus guards along and doing so would slow her down in general. The unicorn guards probably aren't any more elite than the pegasus guards actually, just each group of guards is trained to cover different areas and situations.

[[WMG:The royal guards are actually magical constructs created by the princesses.]]
Each of it's members all look the same. That's very unusual for a non-background pony. They also almost exclusively appear whenever one of the princesses are around/nearby or have recently left. Why isn't there a royal guard any place else? Especially in Ponyville where it is in close proximity to an extremely dangerous forest. That's also very strange. Also Princess Luna as Nightmare Moon has demonstrated that she has the capability to divide and shapeshift herself into several ponies. If that is the case then it is highly likely that Princess Celestia also possess this kind of power. This opens up a new perspective whenever you see a royal guard: They are actually magical puppets and tools of the princesses to manipulate things and events to suit their plans.
* Alternatively, they are royal guards. They may all look the same because they are the same size and have the same color coats and manes. The former may be explicable by the fact that there may be size requirements for recruitment into the royal guards. Historically, many militaries, especially elite units, had standard size requirements; the Roman legions, for example, would not take any man who was too big or too small. As for their coats and manes all being the same color, that may be the result of dyeing their hair, which, considering ponies don't normally wear clothes, may be their equivalent of a military uniform. Also, just because they all look alike to us doesn't mean they all look alike to other ponies. As for why they are always around when the princesses are, and not otherwise, that's because they are royal guards: their job is to guard the princesses and their household. They are not the national army and they are not the police. And it's not even true that we never see them when the princesses aren't around: in the pilot, two pegasi members of the royal guards flew Twilight's carriage to Ponyville, and she thanked them, as if they were thinking, feeling ponies; they smiled at being thanked, as if they appreciated it; if they are constructs, Twilight doesn't seem to know it.
* Yeah, this one is jossed. Twilight's brother is a member of the guard. Plus, there were guards with brown and green coats in "Rarity Investigates", and one of them showed up in "A Flurry of Emotions" after having left the Guard and become an artist.

[[WMG: The Royal Guard are ordinary ponies enchanted to look like that]].
"A Bird in the Hoof" seems to confirm that they're not just made out of magic, since Rainbow Dash asked if she could join up. Implying three things, if RD isn't wrong:
1: They had a life before signing up
2: They get paid, so they probably have free will, days off and individuality
3: They accept females into their ranks, though we haven't seen any yet
So, how come they all look the same? Magic. Celestia and Luna magically transform them into perfect soldiers (maybe only while they're on duty, keyed to their armor?), so they can focus on accepting the most loyal, rather than the most physically fit. This also makes them identical, so no-one can be sure who they are (for reasons similar to why SWAT teams and special forces wear masks), and might even change their race (this is why we haven't seen any earth pony guards, and also handily explains where Luna's bat-ponies came from).
* Supported by a number of things in later seasons, including the presence of Shining Armor, Twilight's brother and Captain of the Guard, and more to the point a character in his own right; and the guards in "Rarity Investigates" (who had pony-normal colorations, possibly because they were the night shift in the castle and there was no need to spend time enchanting their appearance when no-one was going to see them), whose speaking roles (including one complaining they aren't given enough credit) made it clear they were normal ponies with their own personalities.
26th Aug '17 8:08:29 PM Theriocephalus
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* In light of Mistmane's segment in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E16CampfireTales Campfire Tales]]", amending from China/general Far East to Japan specifically, and guessing that that is where Mistmane comes from.

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* In light of Mistmane's segment in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E16CampfireTales Campfire Tales]]", amending from China/general Far East to Japan specifically, and guessing including the guess that that is where Mistmane comes from.
26th Aug '17 1:32:03 PM Theriocephalus
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* In light of Mistmane's segment in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E16CampfireTales Campfire Tales]]", amending from China/general Far Eats to Japan specifically, and guessing that that is where Mistmane comes from.

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* In light of Mistmane's segment in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E16CampfireTales Campfire Tales]]", amending from China/general Far Eats East to Japan specifically, and guessing that that is where Mistmane comes from.
26th Aug '17 1:31:36 PM Theriocephalus
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* In light of Mistmane's segment in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E16CampfireTales Campfire Tales]]", amending from China/general Far Eats to Japan specifically, and guessing that that is where Mistmane comes from.
11th Aug '17 2:59:25 PM Theriocephalus
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* Jossed. Tartarus physically appeared in "Twilight's Kingdom", where it was shown as a supernatural prison for powerful, evil beings like Lord Tirek.


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[[WMG:The area just south of the dragon lands is the MLP world's version of China.]]
The [[https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KrZBx1vfrSU/WYPnB6IcmQI/AAAAAAAB5o8/kxDo8P0TnFYRhna2INHBa4dZ_vPow3vsgCLcBGAs/s1600/20170804_105525.jpg 2017 movie update]] to the MLP world map includes an area in the south of the continent where the dragons live that's marked by stands of bamboo, as well as clouds and mountains reminiscent of traditional Chinese art.

My guess is that this area will be visited eventually -- not much sense in going out the way to include it otherwise, practically speaking. When this will happen, it will be where MLP's FantasyCounterpartCulture for China (or a generalized "east Asian" FarEast-type culture) resides, made up of either local ponies and/or kilins.
15th Jul '17 3:42:57 PM Theriocephalus
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* ...Americocentrism aside, the canon map of Equestria does bear a remarkable similarity to a map of North America. Manehattan and Fillydelphia are around where New York and Philadelphia are in the northeast, the Haysead Swamps' southeastern location matches Florida and the Everglades, the position of the Aztec-style temple in the southern jungles roughly matches the Yucatan, the deserts are all in the southwest with Las Pegasus, and Vanhoover is in the northwest like the Canadian city of Vancouver.

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* ...Americocentrism blatant americocentrism aside, the canon map of Equestria does bear a remarkable similarity to a map of North America. Manehattan and Fillydelphia are around where New York and Philadelphia are in the northeast, the Haysead Swamps' southeastern location matches Florida and the Everglades, the position of the Aztec-style temple in the southern jungles roughly matches the Yucatan, the deserts are all in the southwest with Las Pegasus, and Vanhoover is in the northwest like the Canadian city of Vancouver.
Vancouver. There ''is'' a definite cultural and geographic parallel, although in all likelihood that's where it ends.
23rd May '17 7:20:46 PM Theriocephalus
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* Tier 1 Equestria as a whole- The four princesses as a council with some deference to seniority so opinion is weighted as such Celestia>Luna>Cadance>Twilight.
* Tier 2 "Client" States
** Saddle Arabia- Independently governing but owes allegiance to Equestria. Leader Unknown
** Maretonia- Independently governing but owes allegiance to Equestria. Duke/Duchess of Maretonia rules but defers to the Princesses
** The Crystal Empire- Independently governing but owes allegiance to Equestria. This is more direct as Cadance is one of the direct rulers of the entire nation. Shining Armor most likely acts as Governor in her stead.
** Twilight's Kingdom (name pending) - probably has control over Ponyville and its environs such as the Everfree Forest. Ruled by Twilight and her newly formed "Council of Harmony" name pending.
* Tier 3 Semi independent Cities and Towns
** Canterlot- Member City of Equestria ruled by a figurehead (Prince Blueblood) with no actual power as Celestia has direct control of the city since she lives there. Day to day matters run by a Mayor, probably Fancy Pants.
** Ponyville- likely first Member city of Twlight's Kingdom, day to day governance handled by Mayor Mare.
** Cloudsdale- member City of Equestria. Ruler ship unknown possible military rule as per Pegasus tradition. Leader Unknown
* Tier 4 All other population centers-based on Appaloosa and Manehatten depending on size probably governed by a Mayor, Bailiff, Sheriff or similar.

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* Tier 1 1: Equestria as a whole- whole -- The four princesses as a council with some deference to seniority so opinion is weighted as such Celestia>Luna>Cadance>Twilight.
* Tier 2 2: "Client" States
** Saddle Arabia- Arabia -- Independently governing but owes allegiance to Equestria. Leader Unknown
unknown.
** Maretonia- Maretonia -- Independently governing but owes allegiance to Equestria. Duke/Duchess of Maretonia rules but defers to the Princesses
Princesses.
** The Crystal Empire- Empire -- Independently governing but owes allegiance to Equestria. This is more direct as Cadance is one of the direct rulers of the entire nation. Shining Armor most likely acts as Governor in her stead.
** Twilight's Kingdom (name pending) - probably -- Probably has control over Ponyville and its environs such as the Everfree Forest. Ruled by Twilight and her newly formed "Council of Harmony" name pending.
(name pending).
* Tier 3 Semi independent 3: Semi-independent Cities and Towns
** Canterlot- Canterlot -- Member City of Equestria ruled by a figurehead (Prince Blueblood) with no actual power as Celestia has direct control of the city since she lives there. Day to day matters run by a Mayor, probably Fancy Pants.
** Ponyville- Ponyville -- likely first Member city of Twlight's Kingdom, day to day governance handled by Mayor Mare.
** Cloudsdale- member Cloudsdale -- Member City of Equestria. Ruler ship unknown unknown, possible military rule as per Pegasus tradition. Leader Unknown
tradition.
* Tier 4 4: All other population centers-based centers -- based on Appaloosa and Manehatten -- depending on size probably governed by a Mayor, Bailiff, Sheriff or similar.
23rd May '17 5:20:48 PM Theriocephalus
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* ...Americocentrism aside, the canon map of Equestria does bear a remarkable similarity to a map of North America. Manehattan and Fillydelphia are around where New York and Philadelphia are in the northeast, the Haysead Swamps' southeastern location matches Florida and the Everglades, the position of the Aztec-style temple in the southern jungles roughly matches the Yucatan, the deserts are all in the southwest with Las Pegasus, and Vanhoover is in the northwest like the Canadian city of Vancouver.
5th May '17 6:25:07 AM Theriocephalus
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* The ruined palace in the middle of the Everfree Forest where Twilight found the Elements of Harmony is the heart of Old Canterlot. The Celestia/Nightmare Moon battle drove out the ponies and turned it into a {{Ghost City}}. Not long after that, the magical fallout from the battle unleashed some wild powers, and {{The Lost Forest}} grew up and consumed the city.

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* The ruined palace in the middle of the Everfree Forest where Twilight found the Elements of Harmony is the heart of Old Canterlot. The Celestia/Nightmare Moon battle drove out the ponies and turned it into a {{Ghost City}}. Not long after that, the magical fallout from the battle unleashed some wild powers, and {{The Lost Forest}} TheLostWoods grew up and consumed the city.



** Alternatively, Puddinghead went through the same process as Platinum. She was originally still... eccentric... and not that good a leader, but not the absolute loon of the play. You're not really likely to be made the leader of a nation while being literally too stupid to read a map.




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* The ending in the actual historical event wasn't so cut-and-dried as in the play. While the nations were still politically unified after the winter, they probably spent quite a while dealing with holdouts of the old society (self-obsessed nobles, recalcitrant generals, etc.) who didn't want to give up their power, as well as ponies who flat out [[FantasticRacism didn't want to mingle with ponies of other tribes]], before Equestria could come into its own as a stable nation. This would all likely be left out of the play as it would make it too long, make something of a downer ending, and get in the way of the intended moral.
23rd Apr '17 12:07:26 PM nombretomado
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[[WMG: Related to the above as well; the four stars are actually TeamFourStar.]]

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[[WMG: Related to the above as well; the four stars are actually TeamFourStar.Creator/TeamFourStar.]]
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