Trope A Day-Space Marine

Space Marine-Oddly averted by the Royal Equestrian Space Forces, mostly because they never really saw the need for such a force.  If they need ground troops, they get them from the Royal Equestrian Ground Forces, usually in the form of a Reaction Battalion on a Bright Bulb-class GFSS (Ground Forces Support Ship).  After the Horizon War, the RESF and the REGF began to work out force sizes for ships, with a proposal for company-sized units aboard cruisers, reinforced-company sized units on battlecruisers, and battalion-sized units of infantry on capital ships.

Embraced with glee by the Imperial Griffin Marine Corps, whom will fight with anyone over the title of “The Emperor’s Finest“.  The IGMC can get away with having their crews on Imperial Griffin Space Navy ships by the simple fact that a Marine is replacing an equivalent naval rating, as well as providing ground force support.  Since every single Marine wears a suit of powered battle armor and is backed up by a veritable swarm of drones, orbital fire support, and the other Marines to their flanks, this makes an IGMC Marine (NEVER call an IGMC Marine a “soldier” unless you want to get punched) a dangerous foe indeed.

The Senate and Minotaur Republic Forces doesn’t recognize any difference between a spacer or a soldier.  Basic training is infantry training, every soldier in the SMRF from new recruit to Dux is required to demonstrate basic infantry proficiency at least yearly, and every single soldier in the SMRF legions has an infantry rifle somewhere handy.  While they do have specialist ground and boarding soldiers in powered armor for those missions that require it, the SMRF doctrine of “every soldier is an infantry soldier” has served it well on a number of occasions.

The Zebra Kingdoms espatiers are in the mold of the IGMC, but like a lot of things in the Kingdoms they have to contend with issues of too few bodies for too many missions.  Especially if Capital has to act against one of the larger noble houses, careful alliances are needed to generate the number of troops needed to bring down a noble house.

Trope A Day-Bright Castle

Bright Castle-The Royal Compound of Canterlot is the very Platonic ideal of the concept.  Nearly two thousand acres of carefully preserved city, including the Castle of the Two Sisters itself.  Getting a house in the Royal Compound is a sign of serious pull and/or need (it’s amazing how many Important Ponies try to get the smallest house in the Compound because it’s important, but a maid with a guard husband and two foals somehow gets it first…).  All of the massive amount of high technology are very well concealed and well hidden, with the exception of AIs in various cybershells and the very covertly hidden security systems.

Ships Of The RESF-Battleships, Dreadnoughts, And Super-dreadnoughts

To the RESF, a “capital ship” is any warship that mounts a stellar convertor as a weapon, regardless of size.  The sheer size and mass of the mounting, however, restricted deployment of stellar convertors to battleship-and-heavier hull sizes.  For the RESF, the capital ship was a hull in search of a mission, lacking military territorial ambitions that were common in the Griffin Moot or a need to deal with Changeling Empresses that the Senate and Minotaur Republic had to do on a regular basis.  The only class that saw major deployments prior to the Horizon War was the Princess Luna-class fast battleship, which had a specific role of hunting down hostile battle-cruisers and bringing them to battle.

After the Horizon War, the need for both capital ships and more aggressive deployments became obvious.  Heavier weapons, especially the direct “slam” firepower of larger aperture buster launchers would also be needed, reflecting the tentative design and improvement in the various classes of ships.  With the Princess Sunset Shimmer-class beginning to replace the Princess Luna-class, the first keels being laid down for the Prince Shining Armor-class, and a rumored replacement for the Princess Celestia-class, the capital ship may be seeing a renaissance of development.

(Note-Equestrian ships of capital ship weight are called “Alicorns”-ships, and are named after famous Alicorn ponies in Equestrian history.  The initial class names for these ships  came from the Equestrian history, the Diarchy, and later alicorns that has Ascended.)

Princess Cadence-class Battleship

The first of the true capital ships of the RESF, the Princess Cadence class masses 55,000 tons and is 320 meters long, with heavy weapons to match.  Armed with six 12cm buster launchers and a stellar convertor in the bow, eight 10cm buster launchers on the hull, and six plasma torpedo launchers; the class is armored by the standards of most battleships, but it carries a much heavier point defense system than ships of its weight class.  Deployment of this class was relatively rare, as many of the missions that it performed prior to the Horizon War were handled by the Princess Luna-class Fast Battleship.  During the Horizon War, it formed the core of many task groups, serving as the major warship for most engagements during the war.

The class may see an end, as the RESF is applying lessons from the Horizon War to a new class of battleships, tentatively named the Prince Shining Armor-class.  This class would mount heavier broadside buster launchers and more passive defenses than the Princess Cadence-class.

Princess Twilight Sparkle-class Fleet Drone Tender

Massing at 57,000 tons and 320 meters in length, the Princess Twilight Sparkle class is essentially a Princess Cadence with the broadside buster launchers and plasma torpedoes removed to mount launch bays for thirty-six Spike-class ACVs.  The class is mostly seen in fleets with other ships, rarely deployed independently because of the lack of secondary weapons.  The class may continue in service, as the role it fulfills is handled very well by the ships currently in service.  Rumors, however, exist of development of a larger FDT ship carrying forty-eight ACVs after the various battles of the Horizon War.

Princess Luna-class Fast Battleship

This class of ship was built for the very specialized mission of running down battle-cruisers and forcing them into battle, in addition to providing a dangerous “fast attack” wing for fleet operations.  To this end, the 320 meter long ship has an acceleration profile equal to the Rarity-class battle-cruiser in a hull massing 60,000 tons.  The ship carries six 12 cm buster launchers and a stellar converter in the bow, eight 10cm buster launchers on the hull, and six plasma torpedo launchers for its weapons.  Armored in highly expensive composite armors and shielded as well as any other battleship, the Princess Luna mounts point defense that would be considered standard for the much larger Princess Celestia-class dreadnought.  Prior to the Horizon War, these ships would operate in small Task Groups of two to four ships, with lighter vessels in proportion providing support and assistance.

One long-standing tradition is that all the Princess Luna-class ships have their nanopaint set in a default black/dark purple color scheme, with ships operating with the Princess Luna assuming the same coloration.  The class served through the Horizon War, and is seeing replacement with the Princess Sunset Shimmer-class fast battleship, which has the same acceleration profile with a heavier weapons fit.

Princess Sunset Shimmer-class Fast Battleship

Massing at 70,000 tons and 330 meters long, the Princess Sunset Shimmer-class mounts a much heavier weapons fit in the form of six 14cm buster launchers and a stellar converter in the bow, eight 12cm buster launchers on the hull, and six heavy plasma torpedo launchers.  With the first few ships built in the early days of the Horizon War, they were deployed mostly for anti-piracy missions.   The ship maintains the same design profile as the Princess Luna-class fast battleship, with Rairty-class accelerations and designed to run down and engage hostile battle-cruisers in combat.

Like the Princess Luna-class, the ship maintains its nanopaint in red and gold, with ships operating with the class changing their color scheme to the same red and gold pattern.

Princess Celestia-class Dreadnought

At 85,000 tons and 350 meters long, the Princess Celestia-class is the last “pure” warship class of the RESF.  Armed with six 16cm buster launchers and a stellar convertor in the bow, twelve 12cm buster launchers on the hull, six plasma torpedo launchers, and a point defense array that is immune to ranged weapon attacks short of another dreadnought; the Princess Celestia class would only see “show the flag” duties prior to the Horizon War.  During the war, Princess Celestia-class ships would be the core of the fleet formations, surrounded by a veritable swarm of lighter warships.  The four major fleet actions of the Horizon War would see these ships in battle, and the loss of any of these ships would be major in many respects.

Post-War, the RESF is building more ships, both to replace the destroyed ships in the war and to ensure larger fleet formations.  Rumors abound of a replacement dreadnought class (tentatively named the Princess Flurry Heart-class) that would mount the same bow buster launcher array but heavier shields and 14cm buster launchers on the hull.

Queen Majesty-class Super Dreadnought

The largest single warship of the entire RESF, the Queen Majesty masses at 100,000 tons, 400 meters long, and has a “jack of all trades” design.  Mounting eight 18cm buster launchers and a stellar convertor in the bow, the ship carries the single largest mobile buster launcher system used by the RESF.  Broadside weapons include twelve 14cm buster launchers and sufficient facilities to carry and tend eighteen Spike­-class ACVs.  The ship also carries eight plasma torpedo launchers, and point defense that can protect itself against a squadron of cruisers.  The class also carries flag facilities sufficient to support a major fleet.

The ship only fought one battle in the Horizon War, and mostly operated as a defensive deterrent around major Equestiran worlds.  The RESF is building more ships, but at the rate of two a year.  Debate about the future of this class is also tied into the possibility of a replacement class for this ship.

Trope A Day-Deep Immersion Gaming

Deep Immersion Gaming-With modern computer technology, neural interfaces, and powerful enough AIs to handle thousands upon thousands of NPCs that are as real as anything can be, you can get away with this.  And, there are a lot of games out there, only limited by speed-of-light communications and a general lack of FTL communications.  So far, there isn’t any games that will eat your soul or time, and there’s always a way out where you can rejoin the real world.

But, if you want, Principal Celestia is willing to satisfy all your values with friendship and humans

Trope A Day-The Madness Place

The Madness Place-Like we said before, pony brains are amazingly compact, and they have an amazing amount of sapience for their size.  The problem is…you don’t get something for nothing, and ponies have an issue with their brains going weird on them.  This problem isn’t exactly confined to unicorns, whom have some of the greatest number of sufferers.  Earth ponies, then pegasui have occasionally gone spare this way, as well.

So far, there hasn’t been any alicorns with this issue, but everybody worries what happens when it does.

Trope A Day-The Battlestar

The Battlestar-This is the big thing about the Queen Majesty-class super-dreadnought class for the RESF.  Besides carrying a full weapons broadside-including the powerful and massive stellar converter-the ship also carries eighteen Spike-class ACVs to provide it with drone support.  Unlike the Senate and Minotaur Republic Force and the Imperial Zebra Space Navy, the Royal Equestrian Space Navy has both the funding and the economic depth to maintain specialist hulls for various missions.  The IGSN deploys drones in the same manner as the RESF, but they don’t have mixed-mission hull like the Queen Majesty.

For the SMRF, any ship class larger than a heavy cruiser would have hull mountings for battle riders, giving the SMRF the ability to deploy attrition hulls.  The IZSF’s capital ships all have drone bays, where the RESF would have to send a Sunburst or Princess Twilight Sparkle to provide drone support.  The Changeling Empresses only have battlestars, as the Larva-class ACV serve as the long range offensive weapon of the Changeling fleets.