Cause she started the Equalist. She was weird from the Start. At least for a pony.
She's partially cybernetic and android in nature. Bionic eyes that can see into various spectrums of light, extremely strong arms and legs and having the ability to do powerful psychic magics and manipulation.I just knew it would be Starlight Glimmer.
(Why can't she just be normal)
I don't know if Starlight knows about this but she has enemies from a different which is basically my world.She's partially cybernetic and android in nature. Bionic eyes that can see into various spectrums of light, extremely strong arms and legs and having the ability to do powerful psychic magics and manipulation.
"Nationalism and borders are the concept of tribes. We must evolve beyond that and see the universe for what it is. A borderless form of infinite capacity, we must open our minds to that realism, but do so within us. Remove the borders and differences inside of us, join under the same banner. Only the, the stars shall be ours and due to that concept I have instilled in my people, we have progressed beyond what we through possible." - Starlight
"Like a demon the human mind must be tempered and tamed. Tame through servitude, one will earn his or her value and learn that they are superior or inferior. It is their fault for having an inferior mind, that they are our cattle. Like a good Shepard we are, whipping our cattle into the best shape possible. It is the natural order of things for the strong to lead above all else. Only through strength, can true Equality be achieved." - Starlight
"Forever is but a concept of the barbarian mind. Forever is what have so many sought. Unlike them, I seek the finite to make the finite last long enough. I care not of which happens that is beyond my control, however I shall do as I have intended to do until the end of my time." - Starlight
She looks like this as human, I had a friend draw her for me.
Well, an alliance consiting four main members: The Anglo-French Technocratic Federation, the Scandinavian Technocratic Triumvirate (basically Scandinavia without Finland), the Cascadian-Californian Technocratic Federation and the United Federated States of Eurasia. They are on par with the Equalist Union technology-wise.What do you mean?
Do they have interdimensional traveling, dimensional warp drives, and stuff of that nature?Well, an alliance consiting four main members: The Anglo-French Technocratic Federation, the Scandinavian Technocratic Triumvirate (basically Scandinavia without Finland), the Cascadian-Californian Technocratic Federation and the United Federated States of Eurasia. They are on par with the Equalist Union technology-wise.
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Flag of the Duchy of Syria in my timeline, God Ænd Mhin Riht, the Duchy was established after the final blow to the Abbasid Caliphs in the Battle of Tikrit, where the French king killed the Caliph.
The first duke was Henri Plantagenet, son of Goddofrey V and Matilde of Normandy, daughter of the Count of Mayene, Richard, son of William the Bastard and uncle of William Clito.
This land was ceded as a compensation to Plantagenets after losing Maine.
Royal Demesne of the Congo
Demesne royal du Congo
"The Congo was first claimed at the Berlin Conference by Leopold II of Belgium. His front organization, the International Association for the Exploration and Civilization of Central Africa, later renamed simply as the International Association of the Congo or Association internationale du Congo (AIdC), was ostensibly created for humanitarian and altruistic reasons, demonstrating to the world that the king's desire for a colony was purely benevolent. Of course, by many sources, this was a lie.
Instead, Leopold believed a colony was essential for the prosperity of a state, and when the Belgian government failed to succeed in gaining one, he took it upon himself as a private citizen. The AIdC convinced the world to let him have his wish, and he gained control of the Congo in totality. It was not a colony of Belgium, but the private property of Leopold as an individual, giving him total control. Some believed this would help his supposedly benevolent aims, as his pure intentions would go uncorrupted by the materialism of government...
...Without doubt, the AIdC and the entirety of the Belgian Congo were in fact created not for the benefit of Africans and instead for the purposes of exploitation and profit. But while Leopold II surely knew this, no one seems to have told Leopold III..."
- Fools and Freaks: A History of European Monarchy by Regina Farnsworth
"As a young boy, Leopold almost died a number of times. Once he fell into a pond and gained pneumonia. Then he caught an infection in his hand from cutting himself climbing a tree, resulting in its amputation. After that, his ship sank while visiting the United States. And upon his arrival in Belgium, he was nearly trampled by horses, losing several teeth in the incident. The then Duke of Brabant never lost his own earnest desire for adventure despite being so accident prone. In fact, he became so interested that he made several visits to French and British colonies in Africa purely to see somewhere new (It is worth noting that he nearly died on 4 separate occasions during these visits due to snake bites, bug bites, and a governor's spear collection)...
...Here the Duke of Brabant fell in love with the Dark Continent. He became an active member of the International Association for the Exploration and Civilization of Central Africa, keeping it going when it seemed his father was abandoning it. When it transitioned to the International Association of the Congo (AIdC) it would the prince who became the leader in his father's stead.
When the Berlin Conference ended, Leopold II happily gave the responsibility of managing the 'property' to his beloved son and heir. Taking to it with gusto, Leopold III began to focus on building and improving the colony. Unbeknownst to him, a number of 'problem solving' done by the colonial army known as the Force Publique were atrocities ordered by his father to help his son. Leopold II believed managing the Congo would be beneficial for helping his heir become a better king for Belgium, a sentiment shared by Queen Marie Henriette, who unlike her husband had a greater deal of compassion for the African people. Not nearly so much as her son, but enough that she supported his endeavors and famously bred the Congolese Warmblood, a breed of horse adapted to maneuvering through the harsh terrain of the Congo Basin..."
- The Life of Leopold III by Jean-Baptiste Goffin
"Leopold heard of his father's death while in the Congo. On his longest expedition yet, he had left as cleanshaven young man and returned with a beard to rival his father's, and his infamous braided hair. Ascending the throne as Leopold III, he maintained the Congo Free State, and now with full control he began to truly shape it as he wished. He had left for his expedition after a fight with his father over the rights of Africans under born in the Congo, and it was still on his mind upon his return...
...Legally this made every 'citizen' of the Congo Free State a ward of Leopold III and the royal family. Supposedly what Leopold dreamed of doing was creating a 'United Kingdom of Belgium and the Congo,' as he had come to see difference in value or intellect between the African and European races, though he did firmly believe in the separate nature of those races, and strongly opposed racemixing. In 1899, the second year of his reign, he would formally illegalize it in the Congo, and forbade any bastard children of mixed heritage to immigrate to Belgium. But in the same year he also signed the Declaration of the Equality of Subjects, which ensured the same legal rights of Belgians to all Congolese subjects of the Belgian monarchy...
...As this game of political intrigue progressed, desperate Africans from Rhodesia, Angola, and Uganda began to flee to the Congo. Leopold III welcomed them happily, and offered them his protection, while also funneling more and more white settlers in too. Most of these white settlers weren't even Belgian, but were people from abroad who enjoyed the incentives the monarch provided.
Leopold was not so foolish as to allow these foreigners to plot against him or aid his rivals, however. The Force Publique remained run by native Belgians only, though it did accept native Congolese into its ranks in segregated units in 1901. Additionally, non-Belgian settlers were made to live in mixed communities, ensuring that French or Dutch would have to be used as languages of communication or require reliance on local authorities..."
- The Greatest Game: Europe's Struggle for Africa by Dr. Benjamin B. Buchanan
"It is a minor, but an amusing anecdote for how the Congo names its currency. While the Belgian franc remains in use, the large coins used especially in the interior are far more commonly considered the currency. Originally, these coins were created from cheap metals as a sort of bill of credit, a placeholder currency representing large amounts of francs.
King Leopold III authorized these coins while infrastracture was being constructed, as it could be months before the francs from someone's accounts could be brought in from a larger city like Leopoldville. Of course, government officials needed a design to ensure only coins they issued were counted. Having lost his hand as a young boy, the good King Leopold III used a black hand defaced by a monogram as his personal sigil while serving as administrator of the Congo. Upon taking the throne, many of his documents dealing with the Congo still had a stamp with a hand containg his new royal monogram. This sigil is what began to be stamped on the credit coins.
It is for this reason that the currency is called Mains congolaises or Congolese Hands..."
- Prof. Thomas J. Klein, Audio lecture on the Belgian Congo
"It was in 1898 that this great body was first created. King Leopold III, God bless his soul, created the Congo Advisory Committee to aid in his management of this region. Though legally a private committee of the International Association of the Congo, it recruited natives into its ranks and utilized expert knowledge to guide development. It rapidly became the legislative body we recognize it today. This was no accident! Leopold III was a visionary, and intended this to be the case. He is the reason that freedom of speech, of the press, and of faith was protected. He is the reason that the equity of race was recognized. He is the reason the Congo remains the most prosperous and stable region of Africa even today. Some claim that no country avoided European colonialism, not even the great Aethiopia. But this is incorrect. For the Congo has never suffered true colonialism! We have always been benefited, aided, and assisted by Belgium and by the royal family which owns our lands. To call this so crass a term as colonialism spits on the great Leopold's legacy!
Were our labor laws always so fair? No. But they were some of the best in Africa under Leopold's reign. Even a harvester on a rubber plantation, if he suffered loss of limb, received compensation, and wrongful treatment could be sent to the King's personal lawyers and judges to be rectified. Not all knew how to utilize these systems of justice, but they were created and brought to the Congo in a way that cannot be called imperialist by any stretch!
Even in 1919, when the Royal Family returned to Belgium after finding safehaven here during the horrid War, has benevolence continued to define the relationship between Belgium and the Congo. When Leopold III renamed the Congo Free State into the Royal Demesne, some called it a step backward. I do not! For in recognizing the Congo as the personal lands of the king, Leopold III claimed even greater responsibility for us. Rights increased, equity improved, and a greater growth of industry and the economy was not scene for another forty years! I am honored to become the next overseer of these lands, the first of African blood. I am honored that Her Majesty, Queen Clémentine, who is herself the first woman to hold the throne of Belgium, has given me the honor and privilege to be a custodian for this country, which is proudly her property! Let this begin yet further prosperity for both Belgians and Congolese! Let us continue to be a beacon of liberty, justice, and civilization in Africa! Vers l'avenir!"
- Excerpt, inaugural speech of Félix Albert Koyagialo, Executor of the Royal Estate, Chair of the Congo Advisory Committee, 1972
"The flag of the Royal Demesne of the Congo was created by Leopold III officially. Unofficially, it is the brainchild of his son, the future King Érasme-Louis I, who greatly disliked the plain banner of the Congo. The new flag aided in the creation of a Congolese identity, and became a symbol of Congo that was important in times of uncertainty...
...The yellow star represents the prosperous future, while the blue symbolizes liberty. The white wavy line is for the Zaire River, as well as representing peace. The black on bottom represents fairness and equality.
In addition to this basic and official interpretation, we do know how the flag was designed. The base design came from the arms of the Congo Free State first instated by Leopold II. From here is derived the line wavy and the star in the canton. However, it would also come to represent the region's colonial history and founding by the AIdC, which still uses the yellow star on a blue field as it flag as a modern political party. The use of black on the bottom represents how the Belgian royal family directly owns the territory. A gold lion on black is a key symbol of their arms, and so the black is the 'land' within which the Belgian 'lion' dwells and rules..."
- The Little Book of Flags, 19th EditionEDIT: If it wasn't clear, I have created 'good guy' variant of the Congo Free State by preventing the death of Leopold, Duke of Brabant, the 9 year old son of Leopold II. Leopold II and his queen continue their marriage far happier, his son becomes an adventurer who falls in love with Africa, and rather than a horrible place of suffering and slavery, the Congo is a place of racial equality, fairness, and native-controlled development and prosperity, as well as peaceful coexistence with white colonists. While not perfect by any stretch and still problematic in a number of ways, by the standards of the times it is a radically liberal attempt at ruling an African colony and the result is a prosperous and stable dominion, albeit one with a vast personality cult surrounding the Belgian Royal Family.
MOAR FLAGS!! So yeah, more flags for the SLI timeline.
This time it's the flags of the major parties of the European Confederation.
Renew Europe: A primarily liberal and pro-Federalization party which seeks to not only reform the European Confederation into a proper federation but also seeks to uphold liberal ideas such as free markets, free trade, limited government, individual rights, capitalism, democracy, secularism, gender equality, racial equality, internationalism, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion in the Confederation as a response to an increase of more "radical" ideas from parties of the extremes. Nothing much else can be said about this party.
Ideology: Liberalism; Pro-federalization
Factions: Conservative liberalism; Social Liberalism
European People's Party: A center-right party which comprises politicians of Christian-democratic, conservative and liberal-conservative orientations, and it also seeks to reform the European Confederation into a federation. It is also technically the oldest party due to it being officially founded in 1976. However, the original European People's Party group in the European Parliament has existed in one form or another since June 1953, from the Common Assembly of the European Coal and Steel Community. It has been the largest political group in the European Parliament continuously since 1999 and onwards, and it seems it will stay that way.
Ideology: Christian democracy; Liberal conservatism; Conservatism; Pro-federalization
Progressive Alliance: Officially the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, it is primarily a center-left party. It was officially founded as a Socialist Group on 29 June 1953 which makes it the second oldest political group in the European Parliament. It adopted its present-day name on 23 June 2009, though today the name is often shortened as "Progressive Alliance" for simplicity sake. The group mostly comprises social-democratic parties and is affiliated with the Progressive Alliance and Socialist International. It uses the famous "three arrows" symbol in it's party flag and logo as way to symbolize that it upholds the ideals of social democracy against the forces of Authoritarian communism, Nazism/Fascism, and reactionary conservatism.
Ideology: Social democracy; Pro-federalization
Factions: Third way; Social liberalism; Democratic socialism
Identity and Democracy: Identity and Democracy, often just shortened as Identity, is a right-wing to far-right party. It was formed from various nationalist, right-wing populist and anti-Federalization national parties from several European nations. It has notably experienced a large spike in popularity particularly during the new refugee crisis happening right know as of 2072. The party broadly lists its core priorities as creating jobs and growth, increasing security, stopping illegal immigration, and opposing European federalization. The group emphasizes itself as sovereigntist.
Ideology: Nationalism; Anti-federalization; Anti-immigration; Right-wing populism
European Conservatives: Officially the European Conservatives and Reformists, is a center-right to right-wing political party withing the European Confederation. Ideologically speaking, the group is broadly anti-federalist and right-wing. Its main focus is to oppose unchecked European centralization and evolution of the European Confederation into a Federal European Superstate on the basis of Eurorealism, as well as advocate for free market policies and stricter controls on immigration. The ECR contains socially conservative, right-wing populist, liberal conservative, christian democrat, nationalist and national conservative factions who all subscribe to an anti-federalist stance.
Ideology: Conservatism; National conservatism; Anti-federalization
Factions: Liberal conservatism; Nationalism; Christian democracy; Economic liberalism; Social conservatism; Right-wing populism;
Deep Greens: Officially known as the European Deep Greens, it was formed as successor to the late Greens–European Free Alliance in the 2050s. They are often notable for following the Deep Green ideology, which was developed as a response to the vast destruction unleashed on the planet, particularly in Europe. Deep Greenism is, at it's very core, a revolutionary environmentalist political ideology that seeks to redefine the human relationship with the planet. The ideology is focused primarily on maintaining and redeveloping damaged and destroyed biomes across the world and engage in everything from radical de-industrialization, population control, supporting Geo-engineering projects such as large-scale carbon capture procedures and land reclamation to reclaim lost lands from rising sea levels. The party would steer Europe to be rather isolationist with it's neighbors.
Ideology: Deep Green; Green politics; Regionalism; Minority politics; Pro-federalization
Heredes Veteris: Latin for "Heirs of the Old", Heredes Veteris, or simply known as HV, is a party willing to create a "modern Roman empire" out of the European Confederation. The party's ideology more or less revolves around the revival of traditional ideals which are augmented to suit the current state of technology. They came to existence following "The Spring", a backlash against globalization, a return to romanticism and traditionalism, and later of renewed fascism across the world. The "Spring" was caused by the rise of China and much of the Global South. The party seeks to maintain a balance between global commitments and national identity, and argues that only through a centralized system of states working to preserve each others’ culture and respecting the state as the vanguard of culture, can tradition and identity be preserved, and as a result, they support European federalization. Other than that, they also see the European Confederation as the successor to the Romans. A European from the earlier years of the 21st Century would be absolutely baffled at the very fact this party exists, but to today's European, it's completely normal.
Ideology: Roman Revivalism; Conservatism; Pro-federalization
Ascension: Ascension is, at best, a center-left party due to it being socially left at social issues. The party, at it's core, advocates for the transformation of the human condition by developing and making widely available sophisticated technologies able to greatly modify or enhance human intellect and physiology. The party argues that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into different beings with abilities so greatly expanded from the current condition as to merit the label of posthuman beings. The party is a byproduct of the fact that Transhumanism was now entering mainstream politics and the average citizen becoming heavily reliant on brain-computer interfaces and other implantable devices in the 2060s. Some party factions have suggested the idea of an "AI-State". The AI-State is said to be a hypothetical state in which the Artificial Intelligence networks have simply opted to directly control the countries they oversee, in this case the European Confederation. AI-States are said to be very self-sufficient due to their degree of central planning, and as such tend not to directly engage with corporate politics or have many foreign corporations operate on their soil.
Ideology: Transhumanism; Techno-progressivism; Secularism
Factions: Technogaianism; Singularitarianism; Posthumanism; Various
United Left: Officially known as the European United Left–Nordic Green Left, EUL/NGL, or simply the "United Left" is a European political party originally established in 1995, and composed of left-wing to far-left factions. The group primarily comprises political parties of socialist and communist orientation. The party is opposed to the European Federation concept, and is committed to keeping the Confederation. The party is ambiguous between reformism and revolution, leaving it up to each internal faction to decide on the manner they deem best suited to achieve these aims. In the late-2060s a question arose within the party faction on whether or not Europe should provide help and support for leftist factions in the 2nd Civil War, most did not want to, but a certain few did want to, feeling betrayed due to the vast majority of factions not wanting to support their American comrades, they would initiate a flight from the party and created Solidarity, a party containing some of the more radical elements of the United Left.
Ideology: Left-wing populism; Anti-federalization
Factions: Democratic socialism
Solidarity: Officially known as Solidarity for European Workers, Solidarity is a far-left party founded by former members of EUL/NGL. At it's core, it's ultimate goal is the establishment of a communist society, namely a socioeconomic order structured upon the ideas of common ownership of the means of production and the absence of social classes, money in Europe. They advocate for direct intervention in the ongoing 2nd American Civil War to help out their comrades over across the pond. The party is ambiguous on LGBT issues and mostly leaving it up to each internal faction to decide on the manner they deem best suited to achieve these aims.
Factions: Marxism-Leninism; Stalinism; Leninism; Trotskyism; Various
United Europe: A centrist party bent on "defending Europe from extremism", a true party of the moderates. Formed as a response to an increasing number of "extremist parties", the party supports acceptance and support of a balance of social equality and a degree of social hierarchy, while opposing political changes which would result in a significant shift of society strongly to either the left or the right, as necessary to survival of Europe as a whole, especially during a time of unprecedented change throughout the entire world. They prefer to keep Europe free from extremism using any means, even if they are hawkish.
Factions: Social democracy; Liberal conservatism
Novum Europa: One of the most feared and hated parties of Europe, Novum Europa or NE, is far-right party composed of the most radical elements of Identity and Democracy, they are genuinely fascist and seek the re-implementation of Fascist ideas into European society as a whole. Their immigration policy includes the promoting of the interests of native inhabitants against those of immigrants, including the support of immigration-restriction measures. They prefer steering Europe to be isolationist with it's neighbors. They usually portray themselves as a natural, sane and alternative collective, with the redemptive mission of saving society from its supposed doom. If they were ranked in popularity with the 11 other major parties in a list, they would be at rock bottom. Their unpopularity fortunately diminishes any chance of them winning an election soon.
Ideology: Fascism; Nativism
Factions: National Socialism; Ultranationalism