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Principalities of Equestria


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    General 
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: A common problem for Equestria to deal with. Most of them are extremely corrupt, incompetent, and reactionary, to the point where even the ruling Alicorns have a hard time trying to serve Equestria without being stonewalled by them. Notably, their presence is why Equestria was almost completely decimated by the Storm Empire during the "Storm King Crisis" conflict, as their uselessness prevented the government from issuing reforms that could have made Equestria more prepared for dangerous threats like Lord Tirek and the Storm King. With that in mind, the Equestrian public has directed their ire from Celestia to them once their deeds became known.
  • Broken Pedestal: Save for Princess Twilight, who to common public knowledge actively tried to resolve things during the Storm King Crisis, the Equestrians' public confidence in the Princesses' power and influence broke to the point where racist factions began revealing themselves to openly challenge them, and conspiracy theorist groups have accused the Princesses, especially Celestia, of being tyrants who left their subjects to fall and be enslaved by their enemies.
  • Civil War: Experienced one in the form of the canon Nightmare Night that saw Princess Luna become Nightmare Moon, which was heavily implied to be this, rather than merely the magical sisterly spat that was depicted in canon.
  • Evil Reactionary: Oh yes. Most prominent are the various tribalist factions such as the Scions of Hurricane, Children of Platinum, and Guardians of Puddinghead, who all want to overthrow the ruling Alicorns as divine "tyrants" and return to Equestria to how it was pre-Founding, with their race elected as the rightful rulers of Ponykind. After the "Storm King Crisis", such factions have emerged to take advantage of the instability of their country and challenge the Equestrian Alicorns' power. Fortunately for Equestria, there are benevolent forces and individuals who make sure their plans don't succeed.
  • Hegemonic Empire: Used to be this in the years between the founding to the reign of Discord, in the Classical Equestrian period. At least two of its competing successor state during the 'Tournament of Crowns' are this and the Empire.
  • Matriarchy: Enlightened type; like in canon, Equestria is ruled by the Royal Sisters, Princess Celestia and Princess Luna, as well as Princess Twilight Sparkle. However, the Equestrian government is mix-gendered, with Celestia's adoptive nephew, Prince-Regent Blueblood, being one of the most prominent political players. However, it's noted that the Equestrians have lived with the Alicorn Princesses for so long that the public introduction of Prince Léon, a male Alicorn, has caused some to see him as a potential threat to the existing social hierarchy, claiming that only females are more "worthy" and "capable" of becoming Alicorns. Both Luminiferous and the Alicorn Princesses themselves have decried the belief as a load of bunk, with the latter stating that anyone becoming an Alicorn is a cause for celebration.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Due to being around the Alicorn Princesses for so long, some Equestrians believe that only females are worthy and capable of becoming Alicorns, with "proof" lying in the supposed absence of male Alicorns and the Ascension of Princess Twilight Sparkle, who was before then a Child Prodigy and one of the most powerful unicorn mares of her generation. Because of this, they see Prince Léon as a potential threat to the existing hierarchy. Both Luminiferous and the Alicorn Princesses themselves have decried the belief as a load of bunk, with the later stating that anyone becoming an Alicorn is a cause for celebration.
  • Older Than They Look: Equestria as a nation is actually around 4,500 years old, with the events of Hearths Warming Eve taking place around that time and leading to the rise of the classical Equestrian Empire, which lasted for around 2,000 years before Discord took over and started the 500 years-long 'War Against Chaos'. Then the Alicorn Princesses took over central Equestria after the end of Discord's reign, founding the 'Principalities of Equestria', while the Crystal Empire in northern Equestria and the Empire of Trot in southern Equestria arose as rival successor states, resulting in a thousand-years-long geopolitical rivalry known as the 'Tournament of Crowns' that ended with the Principalities becoming the undisputed inheritor of the old empire with the eclipse of their rivals and carrying on after Nightmare Night for the next thousand years to the present day. Why is none of this mentioned in public/canon? Well...
  • Orwellian Retcon: After Nightmare Night and the Equestrian Civil War, the renewed Celestian Autocracy decided to began implementing wide-scale social-engineering programs in a well-meaning, if ultimately futile, attempt to avert internecine carnage on such a scale again. Among many things they did, the Canterlot government extensively edited, sanitized and even outright covered-up much of Equestria's historical records to excise anything that might promote violence and bloodshed. Equestria as a nation is actually around 4,500 years old; but up to 3,389 years or more were taken out, leaving only 1,111 years that had been implied in canon as of S8E7 "Horse Play". Wonder why details on the classic Equestrian Empire and the Tournament of Crowns were never mentioned in canon, and Nightmare Moon and her civil war was relegated to a Nightmare Night myth and festival? THIS trope was why.
  • The Protagonist: Equestrians tend to be given more focus as individuals and as a nation in regards to the setting and stories in the Codexverse, either at the center of the event or are at least notable participants. Daring Do, the Mane Six, and the Royal Princesses are just a few examples. It's taken even further with the Codexverse's previous name, which is Codex Equestria.
  • Politically Active Princess: As "Princess" is an official ruling title in Equestria, Celestia, Luna, and Twilight Sparkle are directly involved in ruling their lands.
  • Princesses Rule: Justified and exaggerated. From what was implied, "Princess" is the highest official ruling title a person of royalty could receive in Equestria, despite Celestia, Luna, and Twilight being immortal Alicorn matriarchs and technically being Queens.
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: Celestia, and by extension Luna, after publicly defeating her Evil Counterpart and vocalizing her efforts to strive to do right by her Equestrian subjects and to take a more proactive role in making sure that the remaining traces of damage left by the Storm King, as well as the recent damage left by Tyrantlestia, are recovered from. With this in mind, the public turns their attention and wrath on those really responsible for the Storm King Crisis getting so bad as it did.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Almost all members of the Equestrian royal family are highly beloved and respected by their subjects because they're benevolent individuals who go out of their way to help their lives and protect them from enemies. Prince Blueblood is mostly regarded as a controversial figure than his female relatives due to his public facades, though he still has the same idealism and wants to help Equestria.
  • Shocking Defeat Legacy: From what's implied so far, the 'Storm King Crisis' was this for Equestria. In a single blow, the Storm King managed to shake up Equestria more than the other villains had and since:
    • Most of Equestria was occupied for at least months (while the war itself would last a few more years), leading to significant damage and loss of lives.
    • The Royal Guard and Air-Fleet was decimated to the point it is in process of being replaced by the Royal Equestrian Legions and the Royal Equestrian Aerocorp.
    • Equestria was finally and fully forced out of isolationism to formally ally with other World Powers.
    • Public confidence in the Princesses were shaken enough that Ponies who questioned Equestria's values (most notoriously the Tribalists) are starting to crawl out of the woodwork. Notably, the ire drawn from the supposed inaction of the Princesses during the Storm King's invasion resulted in the birth of Tyrantlestia, an evil Tulpa version of Celestia who echoes the belief that the latter is really a tyrant. Her public defeat actually allows things to swing back into the favor of Celestia.
  • Sugar Bowl: As in Canon, Equestria is this. It's downplayed as given various tidbits implied that although the land is legitimately idyllic, peaceful and harmonious, it had experienced its own share of historical tragedies and dark times, like the canon Nightmare Night (which was a bloody civil war rather than just a magical sisterly spat), and its current idyllic state is the fruit of many centuries of effort and struggle by the Princesses and their Pony/non-Pony subjects.

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Cloudsdale's School for Gifted Pegasi

    Miss Gale Force 

Character: Heroic

Alignment: Lawful Good

Type: Teacher/Researcher/Aeromancer/Parent

Faction: Equestria, Cloudsdale, School for Gifted Pegasi

"Mrs. Gale Force! I accidentally blew out the windows!"

"*Sigh* Again?"

    Principal Frazzle 

Character: Heroic

Alignment: Neutral Good

Type: Principal/Weather Archmage/Eccentric/National Heroine

Faction: Equestria, Cloudsdale, School for Gifted Pegasi

"Field trip time!"

    Windrazor 

Character: Heroic

Alignment: Neutral Good

Type: Student/Researcher/Wind Mage/Child

Faction: Equestria, Cloudsdale, School for Gifted Pegasi

"I don't want hurt any-pony."

    Mirage 

Character: Heroic

Alignment: Neutral Good

Type: Student/Researcher/Illusionist/Child

Faction: Equestria, Cloudsdale, School for Gifted Pegasi

"I... hope no-pony sees me."

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    Sunny Showers 

Character: Heroic

Alignment: Neutral Good

Type: Student/Researcher/Tulpa-Master/Child

Faction: Equestria, Cloudsdale, School for Gifted Pegasi

"This is my cloud. His name is Cloudy... He likes you."

Manehatten's School for Gifted Earth Ponies

    Principal Fissure Tectonic 

Character: Heroic

Alignment: Neutral Good

Type: Principal/Geo Archmage/Noble/National Hero

Faction: Equestria, Manehatten, School for Gifted Earth Ponies


  • Assassin Outclassin': He once saved Prince Léon from an Autorist threatening the Alicorn toddler by putting the assailant through nine walls.

Others

    Daring Do 
Daring Do is a professional adventurer and novelist who records her adventures under her real name, "A.K. Yearling". Rainbow Dash is a huge fan of her, and faithfully reads every book she publishes.
  • Lighter and Softer: Invoked in-universe. Many of Daring Do's exploits were far more violent and grim than her novels make them out to be; in order to appeal to a younger audience, she edits certain parts or removes them altogether.
  • Secret Keeper: She knows of Queen Dazzleglow's plans to promote friendship and unity so "The Cycle" would not affect her kingdom, but was requested that she keep it secret so Dazzleglow's enemies would not find out and attempt to ruin her.
  • Running Gag: Every time she visits Neighpon, it's always attacked by a villainous Kaiju. She even lampshades it.
    Daring Do: First reptile bird monsters and now a giant turtle...why am I surprised? This is how every visit I take to Neighpon goes.

    Marshal Braveheart, the Champion of Justice 

Character: Heroic

Alignment: Lawful

Type: Lawstallion/Divine Champion/Superhero

Faction: Principality of Equestria

"For Peace and Justice!"

    Long Kingfish 

    Aniwaaye 

Character: Heroic

Alignment: Chaotic Good

Type: Kaiju/Divine Champion/Uplifted Beast

Faction: Great Skunk Pantheon/Principalities of Equestria/Hayseed Swamp


    Captain Mlinzi 

Character: Heroic

Alignment: Lawful Good

Type: Virgasus/Soldier/Hero

Faction: Hybrid Haven/Principalities of Equestria/Royal Equestrian Legions



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