The laser jet printers-ten of them so far-hadn’t stopped whirring the moment she brought the first USB stick back.
Sunset Shimmer…no, Princess Sunset Shimmer looked at the room near the Mirror of Worlds that Princess Celestia and Princess Cadence had set up. From floor to ceiling was piles of text books, reference works, rolls of blueprints, and thousands upon thousands of USB drives that she had made recordings of, well, everything from Earth. Ponies came from the printers and took another pile of printed notes to be bound, organized, and indexed.
“And, they don’t know how to use magic?” Princess Celestia asked.
“The other Twilight Sparkle is trying,” Princess Sunset Shimmer said, twitching her new wings in frustration. These had appeared the first time she had come back through the Mirror to Equestria. “She’s got some theories, but she doesn’t want to make it public because…”
“I don’t think humans are that irresponsible,” Princess Cadence interrupted. “They seem to be a decent species, for omnivores that don’t have magic.”
“She doesn’t want to take that risk,” Princess Sunset Shimmer replied. “And, to be honest, I can’t blame her. I was human for the last seven years and humans have such a range in comparison to ponies that it’s terrifying. Greater range for nobility-and a greater range for atrocities. I’ve read in their histories things that would make King Sombra vomit to consider doing. And, he practiced blood magic.”
“So, what are your plans for the next time you go back?” Princess Celestia asked, curiously.
“Same as before,” Princess Sunset Shimmer nodded at the piles of paper that grew, coming out of the printer. “Bring diamonds to Earth and sell them, use the money to get more reference materials. We really need to bring more ponies into this,” she noted. “Dreamers, innovators, and ponies that can think. Just the improvement to steam engines and the idea of organized agriculture alone is going to change the face of Equestria.”
“And, I want you think ahead,” Princess Celestia noted. “On both sides of the Mirror. We can bring innovations that we’ve created here, and make their world better. And, as the technology improves there, we can make use of that ourselves.”
Princess Sunset Shimmer thought about this for a moment. “A new court for Equestria?”
“I’m thinking of something larger,” Princess Celestia replied, her eyes thoughtful. “Twilight Sparkle’s newest student might Ascend soon, and I am tired of some of the deference that alicorns get just because of what we are. I’m going to create a whole new branch of government. I’m calling them ‘Ministries’, and the first three are going to be formed on the backs of three alicorns. The first is the Ministry of Love, and we’re going to help ponies to find what they want and what they love, and help them to be happy.”
“Auntie,” Princess Cadence started to object, “I’m way too busy trying to bring the Crystal Kingdom into the current century, let alone take on another task like this.”
“I expect your job to be more managerial than ‘hooves on’,” Princess Celestia interrupted gently. “By providing the Ministries with alicorn leadership, I think it’ll cut through a lot of the deference and conservatism that our little ponies have. The second Ministry is going to be the Ministry of Magic, and I’m giving that one to Twilight Sparkle. She’ll find new ways to use magic, and if she can cooperate with the other Twilight Sparkle on the other side of the mirror, we can create greater wonders.
“And, finally,” Princess Celestia said, turning to face Princess Sunset Shimmer. “The third Ministry that I’m going to create is the Ministry of Innovation. You’re going to find the dreamers, the innovators, and the ponies that can think; and show them everything here, in one form or another. We’re going to avoid the worst parts of the Industrial Revolution here on Equestria and bring ourselves closer to the stars.”
Princess Sunset Shimmer stood stock still, eyes wide open for a moment. “That’s…a major task.”
“Nothing less for one of my greatest students,” Princess Celestia replied.
The printers continued to hum, spitting out page after page.