Years ago a small group of retired mid ranking military officers and several dozen retired mid ranking administers within the Galactic Empire formed a transport guard group to facilitate the ability of merchants to travel across the universe without having to worry about being molested by pirate raids or the occasional rough militia unit.
With their pooled knowledge of both the trade routes and the ability to bypass bureaucratic red tape they gained a reputation for getting people, goods and information from one end of the galaxy to the other at speeds that were considered imposable.
An historian who had found records in an ancient civilizations collections of stories compared this transport group to a short lived but quiet inventive information transport group that had been called “The Pony Express” apparently named after the mythological animals spoken of in today’s children’s fairy tales.
This title stuck in the press so the Transport Group’s controlling board decided for the sake of simplicity, and due to the fact that so many were now referring to them as “The Space Ponies”, to place an Image of a Pony on the top of each document issued by the Transport Group as well as marking their ships with nose art. The colors of the various ships nose art informed the dock observers as to what type of transport the ship specialized in and what cargo one could expect to find attached to the manifest.
A Red Pony denoted luxury transport of either a diplomat or a very wealthy system merchant.
A Blue Pony denoted non live cargo and was used mostly for the transport of art work and priceless artifacts for museums and private individuals.
A Yellow Pony denoted a small warship often used to transport diplomats that needed a little extra security for destinations in not so friendly systems.
A Green Pony was for treasure ships, these ships were used by the government of the empire to transport large amounts of the coin of the realm to developing areas of the galaxy for payments to workers and for sending tribute to planetary or system leaders as gifts from the Empire .
A Pink Pony was reserved for the board members of The space Ponies and was selected because of the legend of the immense power of the mythological Pony Beast that roamed the Candy Mountains and could fell an entire army with a single laser shot from it’s eyes, a laser that contained the entire spectrum of light and would rearrange the DNA of its target into flowers of the field. A weapon that was reputed to be used only upon evil and that would leave the good and righteous untouched!
After Several years of service to the Empire in guarding transports and diplomats, the Emperor hired The Space Ponies to protect members of the Royal Family as he began preparations to abdicate the throne in order to form a Republic. His eldest son, objecting to the fact that he would not be allowed to rule was so incensed that the Emperor felt he could resort to assassination to prevent the Emperors efforts to form a new republic.
One Year later, when the Emperor had put into place a new government structure, placed in positions within the government members of the Royal family as caretakers until elections scheduled to be held in two years occurred. A stipulation that he placed upon those within the family that accepted the caretaker positions was a caveat that they could not seek to retain those positions in the up coming elections. They could , however, seek to regain those seats when the following round of elections were held.
The emperor’s son was opposed to the efforts of his father that he refused a caretaker position and instead opted to form his own political party, The Monarchy Party, to have himself appointed Emperor by the new government upon the commencement of the elections.
Competition was fierce, these were the first free elections on over a thousand years, over 100 different parties vied for the thousands of elected positions that were to be formed under the new government. The Prince’s Party was considered one of the top contenders as many people felt that the change in government was not in the best interest of the Empire and that the Emperor was making a terrible mistake.
The people answered with a resounding “Maybe” The Prince’s Party carried a full 12% of the vote in the first round, winning 24 of the 200 seats in the upper chambers of Law and a full 60 of the 900 seats in the lower chamber.
A coalition was formed with several of the minor party candidates in exchange for their support to reestablish the monarchy but the coalition fell short of a victory by three votes in the Upper Chamber and by 2 votes in the lower.
The Prince was however named as Head of State. (being that he did not accept a caretaker position he, as did many others, believed that he was eligible to hold the office).
As members of the Chambers of Law argued the legality of this action a horrible event occurred, The cousin of the emperor, General Paradoxnt took lead a military coup and captured control of the government.
General Paradoxnt had been the liaison officer between the military and The Space Ponies and had, therefore, knowledge of the whereabouts of all Space Pony operatives within both the Royal family and the new government. On the first day of the military coup he ordered and succeeded in the assassination of over 50,000 of The Space Ponies who were the protective details assigned to protect government officials. All members of both of the Chambers of Law who did not support the proposed declaration of Martial law were executed as well as the entire Immediate members of the Royal Family, with the exception of the son of the emperor.
Over the next six months most of the remaining members of The Space Ponies were located and executed as the New emperor feared retaliation from the once powerful group.
Being that the son of the Emperor had been legally installed as the head of state and no legal challenge had, at the time of the military coup, been presented to The Courts of the Chambers. The Space Ponies accepted the princes claim as the legitimate head of government of the empire.
The Space Ponies do avow that they will rise again, and will restore the rightful government of The Galactic Empire.
We call upon all members of the forum to rise up and depose the illegitimate rule of the Galactic Empire, to shame them in battle and force them to capitulate their undeserved title as the One True Clan of SoaSE!
We invite all Clans to ally with us in this endeavor! Together we shall reclaim The Rightful title of First Clan of SoaSE!
Upon our success we shall then depose them in other realms as well! We shall let them know that we can, we shall out class, out style and out perform them! Not only in multi player game play but in the development of quality mods and resources for newbies to join and thrive in the gaming community. It starts here.
We may be small in numbers now compared to The Galactic Empire but if all good gamers unite we shall bring these snot nosed upstarts to their knees!
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