Friday, April 22, 2016

Ponies Unexpected: Chapter Thirteen

Chapter 13:  Observations of Dream Valley Unexpected

After nightfall, within the airship’s observation lounge, Twilight and Pinkie are both reading books about Dream Valley.  Twilight tells Pinkie, “I’ve found that trade between Dream Valley and Equestria could be very advantageous to both nations.  Dream Valley ponies have goods and resources that Equestrian ponies want to buy; while Equestrian ponies have goods and resources that Dream Valley ponies want to buy.”

Pinkie answered back, “That’s nice, but how will Dream Valley and Equestrian trade happen when their nation and our nation are on opposite sides of the Western Ocean?”

“Well Pinkie, I don’t think modern ponies are going to walk to each other’s nations like the ancient ponies did.”

“Twilight, my pink hoofs are aching just thinking about that long walk.  And to think those Earth and Unicorn ponies walked or the Pegasus ponies flew all that distance without one candy store, without one bakery, or without one Hay Burger franchise along their journey.”

“We could build a railroad and a road along the same land that the ancient ponies took to immigrate around the Western Ocean to walk to Equestria.  That would mean a two week journey by rail or a three week journey by road.  At least, we can propose building that railroad and road to President Moderator and Princess Celestia.  What do you think, Pinkie?”

“Applejack’s really good at construction.  Let’s get her to supervise construction.  Applejack might even become the Princess of Really Big Construction Projects!”

“Pinkie, what you said makes sense, I mean makes sense for this world.  I suppose that someday Applejack could become the Princess of Really Big Construction Projects.  But, we need to consider all possible trade options and then choose to build the best ones.  We could build fleets of passenger and cargo airships.  But, our existing Equestrian airports are too small for a huge increase in trade.  We could build more oceangoing ships, but somepony needs to chart safe trade routes in the Western Ocean between Dream Valley and our Equestria.  This is one of many topics that I and the President of Dream Valley will talk about.”

My Little Pony:  Friendship is Magic, Copyright © 2010 Lauren Faust, Hasbro Studios, and DHX Media

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