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The Empire of Equestria by johnjoseco The Empire of Equestria by johnjoseco
My little thing about the Princesses ruling Equestria with an iron fist. You've seen it before in previous pics. Added Cadance and Shining Armor to the mix. I always like my Princesses to kick ass and take names.
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sangenjin Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015
Discord: Your highness... There's been a appalling lack of harmony in Equestria, I can Name fingers and point faces.

The mane six would be unnecessary in an Equestria like this.
ndedwards224 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
Cadance looks like princess peach. also is their any fanfiction based on this art because iron fist equetria looks epic
ElVibora Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
It strikes me that the newest princess would be against this.
The oppressed masses.
Maybe Twilight doesn't fall in line like the other princesses have under the iron grip of Celestia and Luna. Maybe she forges a rebellion which tears the very foundation of Equestria appart.

Sorry didn't mean to sprout out a headcanon
Wonderful work.I really like it
SnapCentino Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Professional Writer
"Time to wipe the changelings off the map."
Gojihunter31 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Student Filmographer
Que "Imperial March" theme, and there we go...the Empire of Equestria.
Dragonjek Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
"Empire" really is the best word for Equestria.

The Crystal Empire is a part of it, and Griffinstone was described as the greatest kingdom in Equestria. Considering that the Saddle Arabians, griffons, and crystal ponies all took part in the Equestrian Games, I think it's fair to say that Equestria encompasses all of these places.

If you assume the Princesses took up rule when the Latin equivalent was the primary language (or primary language of the upper class), then it explains why they call themselves Princesses instead of Empresses; "princeps" is, simply, the Latin word for "ruler", and the word "prince" can more broadly apply to any ruler. Machiavelli's "The Prince" wasn't made for the children of kings, but for anyone who held power over others; barons, dukes, princes, kings, chieftains, and emperors alike.

They are old, and just liked to keep the older title, as it is the one they felt most relevant to themselves.

And they call Equestria a Kingdom because... I don't know, because it sounds more important than "Principality" but less dangerous than "Empire"?
Charmless-Crescent97 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Interesting designs I'll keep you in mind for another empire I have in mind.
the-mysterious-ponyX Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
"twilight must explain herself. I want that fleet back"
"erm, I'll get you a new one"twilight sparkle EqG (i'm back) plz 
LJ-ATCTION-360 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015
CURSE YOU! for the empire
photima1 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
Is this a reference to Code Geass, Star Wars, or one of the World Wars?
FunsterTime Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks epic, badass and intense! I love it!
Lupineborn Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so AWESOME :D
ultranox Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
looks intimidating. But yet for some reason I'm not impressed

R.P. aside great piece, well done
Dunstlaeufer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Student Photographer
Oh wow, what a fine drawing! Very well done.
WarpedHalo Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
I normally fav a lot of pictures but rarely comment until I came across this - I love the landscape view as well as the guards in the background.....because of the guards in the same pose, all lined up, it brings out the royal group into focus and because of the limited palette to the guards as opposed to the royal group, it brings the focus to the guards. 
A truly beautiful piece. <3 love this. 
Sonic5421 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice piece! Love the inclusion of Cadence and Shining Armor as they follow behind Celestia and Luna as the troops stand at attention and airships hover overhead! Very awesome!!!
cadencerox Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student General Artist
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RedCard94 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
That's awesome!
BenRG Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Ponyhammer 40k?
masaruten Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Hoh, dear...this actually looks intimidating.
Cure the Imperial March!
idislikecake Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fookin amazing.
ClassicBlaze Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
Amazing and epic scenario? Check.
Great character designs? Check.
Fantastic alternate universe? Check.

Even though I do not like humanized ponies I cannot deny how much I loved this drawing, It is so inspiring, so....awesome! I rate it a well deserved tenouttaten!
Bambi-Fuego Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Just looking through pieces of artwork and I come across this.
I, like the previous comment, don't take a liking to humanised ponies. But this... this isby far some of the greatest art I've seen.
ben985 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
I'm usually not a fan of humanizing ponies, but this might be the best art I've ever seen ever.
XxPrincessLunariaxX Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student Artist
Princess Luna is soooo awesome, especially in this other picture of her with the moon behind and her sword unsheathed. It would be sooo cool to have the ability to create this.
00Sledge Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please please somebody make an awesome fic of this to the likeness of george rr martin. 

Transforming-Deadman Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG!!!! Dude.... good work! It's like you gets the feels of war just by looking at this pic... Epic bro! or if you're a girl then... Good work!!! :)Elsa Clapping Squee Bounce Happy COM: Alicorn Pinkie Pie clapping icon 
songarri0125 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Onerom4728 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
I feel sorry for the poor bastard who made piss of Celestia
CestinaShaiya Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha! This is brilliant. Damn, have a whole storyline of the small kingdom of Equestria, ruled under the two sisters, as trouble comes their way and almost destroys the kingdom..
And que badass payback scene and the dawn of the Equestrian Empire. :3 
Cadance probably joined the empire as another small kingdom.. And probs fell in love with the captain of the guard. Twilight Sparklez, who knows.
LyokoBarbossa Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
This looks oddly enough like something that came from Gundam 0083...
Shockwave1111 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
I'm digging this picture! Fave!!!!
alex55h Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
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Sirsky7 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
cool picture
sesshoumaru1991 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
looks like their a part of the Emblem series
BalefireDCPhoenix Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Cadance looks out of place...
00Sledge Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She is not in the Royal guard, every other character pictured is. 

Anapokebigfan Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Student General Artist
<font><font>OH MY GOD COOL!</font></font>
TITANOSAUR Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how Equestria Girls should have been.
Dulcesdecolores8 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
where did you learn to draw sooooooooooooo awsome!!!!!!!!Clapping Pony Icon - Applejack 
avenger09 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
El-Jorro Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
I do not like the way you draw their hair especially Shining Armors. They look like fuzzy helmets.
bubblybumblebee1 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome! Everything looks fantastic! Especially Celestia !
Thecheese92 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Is it just me, or do those guards look like Imperial Senate Sentinels?  link
MetalBladePegasus Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Awesome work, Luna and Celestia really look look like warriors they are, dressed in uniforms, their combat swords by fheir sides. And Cadence keeps on to lok like cotton candy, even her dress is more of a ceremony than of a fight. Shining Armor seems to be a riyal knight, wearing insignia of his lady on his armour. And the knights in the background, their enrmies better to stay low. It reminds me so much of the 300...
BrogarArts Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I dont know why, but everytime I see this picture, I will always imagine them walking to a huge doors to what ever reason, and when the doors open, a mysterious sith lord will be standing there waiting to face them; FYI Im a star wars fan, and I can see an epic battle between Celestia and luna aganist the sith, which by a way I drew my own sith of how he'll look, while you see a whole sith empire fleet invading the land and imperial troops attacking the royal guards, and its been like this ever I saw this art.

SpaceEmpire91 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, awesome work. All hail the empire.
Ducadinsubria Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Equestria forever, Hurrah Foals Hurrah, 
Up with the Ponies, and down with Discord
We wil gather on the hills, we will gather in the plains
Shouting the battlecry of Friendship!

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