Reports from Nightshade Apr 15, 2013 19:59:16 GMT -5
Post by Solar Solstice on Apr 15, 2013 19:59:16 GMT -5
Being a series of reports on the affairs of GOVERNMENT
to their Stellar and Serene MAJESTIES
Princesses CELESTIA and LUNA
Diarchs of Equestria, Principal Companions of the Order of the Elder Star, Supreme Commanders of the Grand Cavalry, etc.
By NIGHTSHADE de la Trevalles, Overseer
To the Princesses of Sun and Moon, long may thee reign, peace:
1) In accordance with Order-in-Council 12, dated year 350, I hereby present an accounting of the most pressing and urgent political affairs affecting Equestria at this time.
2) On the Nightly Nobles: Since the return of Her Majesty, the Princess of the Moon, those aristocratic families who claim descent from her original, pre-Nightmare Moon court have come into increasing prominence, arousing contention with the so-called "Sun Faction" that presently constitutes the mainstream. There is, however, a far stronger conflict within the Nightly Nobles themselves, a contest between the Neo-Lunarists (those who sided with Nightmare Moon and were subsequently banished to the edges of Equestrian socio-political life) and the so-called "Loyal Children of the Night" who sided with Celestia for the sake of the larger Realm.
**SECRET**It has come to my attention that the neo-Lunarists feel threatened by the rise of Princess Twilight Sparkle, fearing that she would solidify the balance of power between Night and Day. Your obedient servant, of course, has used her influence to back the Loyal Children and their endeavour to uphold Twilight**SECRET**
3) On Regional Security: I continue to receive regular petitions from mayors, governors, and alderponies about the need for greater funds to prepare local militia. These petitions arose mainly as a consequence of the changeling attack upon the capital and stem from a rather understandable fear that they might be next.
**SECRET**Several of such letters speak of proposals to increase security at various districts at the expense of civil liberties, an action that would be independent of Crown authority. While I do not anticipate any short-term problems, these fears could easily multiply in the face of the next security crisis and could exacerbate the situation**SECRET**
***TOP SECRET***4) On Changeling Incursions: There have been no reports of further changeling incursions since the attack of Hive Chrysalis, likely because the Queen is rebuilding her forces after her defeat. However, the longer the quiet builds the great unease the Cavalry commanders express. We still have no reliable means of detecting changelings among populations of normal ponies (we only know of the defector, Match Maker, because she chose to reveal herself to us), which makes changeling espionage as likely a danger as it ever has been.***TOP SECRET***
***TOP SECRET: C&L EYES ONLY*** 5) Project Trueheart has accelerated significantly thanks to the discovery of the Crystal Empire crystals, which possess magnificent properties of telluric transference. I estimate that we are now only 18 months away from producing a viable mass-production model of the Engine.
I cannot overstress the importance of the work we are accomplishing. Self-sufficient telluric energy generators had once been the far-eyed dreams of theorists, but my father had already made it a reality decades ago. Only the coup in Eskellia prevented him from fully realizing his dream and cut him off from the necessary materials. The world has become more dangerous since then: the Griffon kingdoms agitate while they build up new weapons and the southern realms eye our wealth greedily. The dragons grow restless as the changelings raid their lands. Fro this I am ever thankful that Your Majesties have chosen to entertain the technology that my father has offered.***TOP SECRET: C&L EYES ONLY***
I remain, your faithful servant,
NIGHTSHADE DE LA TREVALLES, OVERSEER