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[[File:Map of Equestria online version 2012-08.jpg|thumb|350px|A map of Equestria designed for a [[Merchandise#Posters|poster]].]]The story of ''[[My Little Pony Friendship is Magic]]'' takes place in '''Equestria''', a land inhabited by magical talking ponies and other sapient animals. Equestria is a kingdom<ref group="note">Equestria is called a kingdom [[Friendship is Magic, part 1|on the show]] and [[Merchandise#Software|in other media]].</ref> co-ruled by [[Princess Celestia]] and [[Princess Luna]].__TOC__{{clr}}
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[[File:Map of Equestria April 2013.jpg|thumb|350px|A map of Equestria designed for the [[Merchandise#Reference books|series guidebook]] and later posted (with the [[Wikipedia:Entertainment Weekly|EW]] watermark) by the official European Spanish ''My Little Pony'' Facebook page<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=575938212476192|title=Timeline Photos - My Little Pony España|work=Facebook|date=2013-09-27|accessdate=2013-12-20}}</ref>]] '''Equestria''' is the main setting of the ''[[My Little Pony Friendship is Magic]]'' franchise. Equestria is inhabited by magical [[ponies]] and other talking creatures, such as [[griffons]] and [[dragons]]. Other [[animals]] and [[creatures]] also live in Equestria. Equestria is a kingdom<ref group="note">Equestria is called a kingdom [[Friendship is Magic, part 1|on the show]] and [[Merchandise#Software|in other media]].</ref> co-ruled by [[Princess Celestia]] and [[Princess Luna]], who watch over it through telescopes at the top of a tower in their base city of [[Canterlot]]. The name "Equestria" is derived from the word "equestrian" (horseback riding), which stems from ''equus'', the Latin word for "horse".{{clr}}
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==Production==
 
==Production==
[[Lauren Faust]] wrote in a [http://comments.deviantart.com/4/1603670/1877744252 comment] on her deviantArt page that the Everfree Forest is west of Ponyville, Sweet Apple Acres is southwest, and Fluttershy's cottage and meadow are located north of the farm, presumably between Ponyville and the forest. Canterlot is northeast of Ponyville. However, in subsequent interviews, both Faust and Jayson Thiessen mentioned that the geography and continuity of the show are loosely defined and may change as necessary,<ref>{{cite web|url=https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OBLs8pPPMCGTTC3GQ1Ic-MYrsfDNzoAPmCjaDgNIOlA/edit?hl=en_US&pli=1|title=Interview with Jayson Thiessen|pages=13-14|date=2011-09-14|accessdate=2012-04-23}}</ref> and a layout artist has confirmed that the production team has no official map of Equestria at their disposal.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.allspark.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=83882&st=0&p=1964805&#entry1964805|title=A layout artist regarding a Flash asset in Secret of My Excess|accessdate=2012-01-23}}</ref>
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[[Lauren Faust]] wrote in a [http://comments.deviantart.com/4/1603670/1877744252 comment] on her deviantART page that the [[Everfree Forest]] is west of [[Ponyville]], [[Sweet Apple Acres]] is southwest, and [[Fluttershy]]'s cottage and meadow are located north of the farm, presumably between Ponyville and the forest. [[Canterlot]] is northeast of Ponyville. However, in subsequent interviews, both Faust and Jayson Thiessen mentioned that the geography and continuity of the show are loosely defined and may change as necessary,<ref>{{cite web|url=https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OBLs8pPPMCGTTC3GQ1Ic-MYrsfDNzoAPmCjaDgNIOlA/edit?hl=en_US&pli=1|title=Interview with Jayson Thiessen|pages=13–14|date=2011-09-14|accessdate=2012-04-23}}</ref> and a layout artist stated on December 10, 2011 that the production team had no official map of Equestria at their disposal.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.allspark.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=83882&st=0&p=1964805&#entry1964805|title=A layout artist regarding a Flash asset in Secret of My Excess|accessdate=2012-01-23}} [[:File:Nayuki on map of Equestria in 2011.png|Archived locally]].</ref>
   
 
The English word most similar to the placename Equestria is ''equestrian'', "of or relating to horse riding", from the [[wiktionary:equester#Latin|Latin]] ''equester'', "belonging to a horseman", from ''equus'', "horse", which is also the origin of ''equine''. In this sense, "Equestria" would translate as "land of the horsemen" instead of "land of horses".
 
The English word most similar to the placename Equestria is ''equestrian'', "of or relating to horse riding", from the [[wiktionary:equester#Latin|Latin]] ''equester'', "belonging to a horseman", from ''equus'', "horse", which is also the origin of ''equine''. In this sense, "Equestria" would translate as "land of the horsemen" instead of "land of horses".
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==Depiction in the series==
 
==Depiction in the series==
 
====The founding of Equestria====
 
====The founding of Equestria====
The story of the founding of Equestria is relayed in [[#Software|software]], and part of this explanation is covered in the episode [[Hearth's Warming Eve]].
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[[File:Walking to the grand summit S2E11.png|thumb|The three tribes trotting to the summit]] The story of the founding of Equestria is relayed in [[#Software|software]], and part of this explanation is covered in [[Hearth's Warming Eve]].
   
[[File:Walking_to_the_grand_summit_S2E11.png|thumb|170px|The three tribes trotting to the summit.]]The episode's most prominent feature is a play about the founding of Equestria, narrated by [[Spike]]. He explains: "each of the three tribes, the [[Pegasi]], the [[unicorns]], and the [[Earth ponies]], cared not for what befell the other tribes, but only for their own welfare. In those troubled times, as now, the [[Pegasi]] were the stewards of the weather, but they demanded something in return: food that could only be grown by the [[Earth Pony|Earth Ponies]]. The [[unicorns]] demanded the same, in return for magically bringing forth day and night. And so, mistrust between the tribes festered, until one fateful day, it came to a boil. And what prompted the [[Ponies]] to clash? it was a mysterious blizzard that overtook the land, and toppled the tribes' precarious peace."
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The episode's most prominent feature is a play about the founding of Equestria, narrated by [[Spike]]. He explains: "each of the three tribes, the [[Pegasi]], the [[unicorns]], and the [[Earth ponies]], cared not for what befell the other tribes, but only for their own welfare. In those troubled times, as now, the Pegasi were the stewards of the weather, but they demanded something in return: food that could only be grown by the Earth Ponies. The unicorns demanded the same, in return for magically bringing forth day and night. And so, mistrust between the tribes festered, until one fateful day, it came to a boil. And what prompted the [[Ponies]] to clash? It was a mysterious blizzard that overtook the land, and toppled the tribes' precarious peace."
   
[[File:Equestriaflag.png|thumb|170px|The Equestrian flag.]]
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[[File:Equestriaflag S2E11.png|thumb|The Equestrian flag]] The blizzard led to famine, at which the three tribal leaders eventually agreed to meet for a summit and decide what to do about the snow, but this only devolved into arguing and blaming each other. The leaders of each tribe then decided to journey to a new land. They all arrived at the same place, and soon began fighting over it, and the blizzard quickly followed. "And so the paradise that the [[ponies]] had found was soon lost, buried beneath a thick blanket of snow, and hard feelings." Eventually the leaders' assistants find out [[Creatures#Windigos|windigos]] are causing the storm by feeding off of hate. The assistants' friendship creates the magical [[Hearth's Warming Eve#Fire of Friendship|Fire of Friendship]] which does away with the windigos and the snowstorm.
 
 
The blizzard led to famine, and each leader of each tribe decided to journey to a new land. They all arrived at the same place, and soon began fighting over it, and the blizzard quickly followed. "And so the paradise that the [[ponies]] had found was soon lost, buried beneath a thick blanket of snow, and hard feelings." Eventually the leaders' assistants find out [[Creatures#Windigos|windigos]] are causing the storm by feeding off of hate. The assistants' friendship creates the magical [[Hearth's Warming Eve#Fire of Friendship|Fire of Friendship]] which does away with the [[windigos]] and the snowstorm.
 
   
 
The three leaders then decide to join forces and found a country shared by all three tribes, and name it Equestria.
 
The three leaders then decide to join forces and found a country shared by all three tribes, and name it Equestria.
   
 
====Discord's reign of chaos====
 
====Discord's reign of chaos====
[[File:Celestia and Luna depicted on stain glass defeating Discord S02E01.png|thumb|200px|Stained-glass art of Celestia and Luna defeating Discord.]] The series starts off with a prologue with narration about the [[Characters#Princesses|princesses]] ruling Equestria, raising the sun and moon and maintaining harmony. Only in [[The Return of Harmony Part 1]] is the time before their rule mentioned in the series. [[Princess Celestia]] tells [[Twilight Sparkle]] and her friends that before Princess Luna and herself stood up to [[Discord]], he ruled over Equestria, keeping it in a state of unrest and unhappiness. Celestia goes on to describe that, seeing how miserable life was for [[Earth ponies]], [[Unicorns|unicorns]], and [[Pegasus ponies|Pegasi]] alike, she and Luna discovered the [[Elements of Harmony]] and rose up against Discord, turning him to stone. Discord's spell is later broken because, as Celestia explains, "Luna and [herself] are no longer connected to the elements", so Twilight and her friends use the Elements of Harmony to encase Discord in stone again.
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[[File:Celestia and Luna depicted on stain glass defeating Discord S02E01.png|thumb|Stained-glass art of Celestia and Luna defeating Discord]] The series starts off with a prologue with narration about the [[Characters#Royalty|princesses]] ruling Equestria, raising the sun and moon and maintaining harmony. Only in [[The Return of Harmony Part 1]] is the time before their rule mentioned in the series. [[Princess Celestia]] tells [[Twilight Sparkle]] and her friends that before [[Princess Luna]] and herself stood up to [[Discord]], he ruled over Equestria, keeping it in a state of unrest and unhappiness. Celestia goes on to describe that, seeing how miserable life was for [[Earth ponies]], [[unicorns]], and [[Pegasi]] alike, she and Luna discovered the [[Elements of Harmony]] and rose up against Discord, turning him to stone. Discord's spell is later broken because, as Celestia explains, "Luna and [herself] are no longer connected to the elements", so Twilight and her friends use the Elements of Harmony to encase Discord in stone again.
   
====The regal unicorn sisters====
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====The regal Alicorn sisters====
The princesses are introduced in the prologue of the [[Friendship is Magic, part 1|first episode]], depicted in a series of medieval-like drawings with a narration that says "two regal sisters who ruled together and created harmony for all the land", and that "the eldest used her unicorn powers to raise the sun at dawn. The younger brought out the moon to begin the night."
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The princesses are introduced in the prologue of the [[Friendship is Magic, part 1|first episode]], depicted in a series of medieval-like drawings with a narration that says "two regal sisters who ruled together and created harmony for all the land", and that "the eldest used her unicorn powers to raise the sun at dawn. The younger brought out the moon to begin the night."
   
 
====Nightmare Moon====
 
====Nightmare Moon====
[[File:Nightmare Moon depicted in legend S1E1.png|thumb|200px|Nightmare Moon, from the prologue.]] The narration continues: their subjects, the ponies, played in the day but "shunned" the night and slept through it, which made the younger unicorn grow bitter, eventually refusing to lower the moon to make way for the dawn. Her bitterness transformed her into a "wicked mare of darkness", Nightmare Moon. The elder sister reluctantly harnessed the power of the [[Elements of Harmony]] and banished her "''in''" the moon, taking responsibility for both sun and moon, maintaining harmony in Equestria. The events of the first and second episodes take place a thousand years after Nightmare Moon's imprisonment, upon which she is freed, but defeated again through the magic of the Elements of Harmony, only this time she is transformed back to her former self and returns to rule Equestria with her sister.
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[[File:Nightmare Moon depicted in legend S1E1.png|thumb|Nightmare Moon, from the prologue]] The narration continues: their subjects, the ponies, played in the day but "shunned" the night and slept through it, which made the younger unicorn grow bitter, eventually refusing to lower the moon to make way for the dawn. Her bitterness transformed her into a "wicked mare of darkness", Nightmare Moon. The elder sister reluctantly harnessed the power of the [[Elements of Harmony]] and banished her "''in''" the moon, taking responsibility for both sun and moon, maintaining harmony in Equestria. The events of the first and second episodes take place a thousand years after Nightmare Moon's imprisonment, upon which she is freed, but defeated again through the magic of the Elements of Harmony, only this time she is transformed back to her former self and returns to rule Equestria with her sister.
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In [[Testing Testing 1, 2, 3]], these events are referred to as ''The Great Celestia/Luna Rift''.
   
 
===Featured regions===
 
===Featured regions===
 
====Ponyville====
 
====Ponyville====
 
{{main|Ponyville}}
 
{{main|Ponyville}}
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[[File:Ponyville as seen from Twilight and Spike's chariot S1E01.png|thumb|Ponyville]] [[Ponyville]] is a small town that is the main setting of the series and the home of the [[Characters#Main characters|main characters]]. Ponyville was founded by [[Earth ponies]], but it is currently inhabited by [[Pegasi]] and [[unicorns]] as well.{{clr}}
[[File:Ponyville1.png|thumb|200px|Ponyville]] [[Ponyville]] is the main setting of the series. [[Ponyville]] is a small town that was founded by [[Earth ponies]], although over time [[Pegasus ponies]] and [[Unicorn ponies|unicorns]] have also made the town their residence.{{clr}}
 
   
 
====Canterlot====
 
====Canterlot====
 
{{main|Canterlot}}
 
{{main|Canterlot}}
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[[File:Canterlot S1E26.png|thumb|Canterlot]] [[Canterlot]] is the capital of Equestria and home to the royal palace of [[Princess Celestia]] and [[Princess Luna]]. It was also the home of [[Twilight Sparkle]] and [[Spike]] prior to their relocation to [[Ponyville]]. Canterlot is where large events such as the [[Grand Galloping Gala]] take place. The name is a reference to [[Wikipedia:Camelot|Camelot]], the home to King Arthur and his "Knights of The Round Table" as well as being a play on the word "canter," which is a three-beat gait possessed by all horses that is faster than a trot but slower than a gallop.{{clr}}
[[File:Canterlot S1E26.png|thumb|200px|Canterlot]] [[Canterlot]] is the Capital of Equestria and home to the royal palace of [[Princess Celestia]]. It was also the home of [[Twilight Sparkle]] prior to her relocation to [[Ponyville]]. The name is a reference to [[Wikipedia:Camelot|Camelot]], the home to King Arthur and his "Knights of The Round Table" as well as being a play on the word "canter," which is a three-beat gait possessed by all horses that is faster than a trot but slower than a gallop.{{clr}}
 
   
 
====Cloudsdale====
 
====Cloudsdale====
 
{{main|Cloudsdale}}
 
{{main|Cloudsdale}}
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[[File:Cloudsdale1.png|thumb|Cloudsdale]] [[Cloudsdale]] is a city in the sky where the [[Sonic Rainboom#The stadium|Best Young Flyer competition]] takes place and where Equestria's weather is made. Only [[Pegasi]] live and work there, since non-Pegasus ponies cannot stand on clouds. It is also the hometown of both [[Rainbow Dash]] and [[Fluttershy]]. The name is a reference to the [[Wikipedia:Clydesdale horse|Clydesdale]], a breed of draft horses. The Weather Factory is located there.{{clr}}
   
[[File:Cloudsdale1.png|thumb|200px|Cloudsdale]] [[Cloudsdale]] is a city in the sky where the [[Sonic Rainboom#The stadium|Best Young Flyer competition]] takes place and where Equestria's weather is made. Only Pegasus ponies live and work there, since non-Pegasus ponies cannot stand on clouds. It is also the hometown of both [[Rainbow Dash]] and [[Fluttershy]]. The name is a reference to the [[Wikipedia:Clydesdale horse|Clydesdale]], a breed of draft horses. The Weather Factory is there.
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====Crystal Empire====
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{{main|Crystal Empire}}
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[[File:The ponies enter the Crystal Empire S3E01.png|thumb|Crystal Empire]] The [[Crystal Empire]] is featured in the third season. In the [[Ballad of the Crystal Ponies]], Twilight Sparkle mentions the Crystal Kingdom as part of the [[Crystal Ponies]]' history. It is also home to the Crystal Ponies as well as [[Shining Armor]] and [[Princess Cadance]], who took over the kingdom after [[King Sombra]] was defeated a second time by the Crystal Heart.{{clr}}
   
 
====Everfree Forest====
 
====Everfree Forest====
 
{{main|Everfree Forest}}
 
{{main|Everfree Forest}}
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[[File:Entrance to the Everfree Forest S1E02.png|thumb|Everfree Forest]] The [[Everfree Forest]] is located outside of [[Ponyville]]. It appears not to be bound by the same laws as the rest of Equestria since plants grow, [[animals]] care for themselves, and the weather changes without the help of ponies. [[Zecora]]'s hut is located in the forest and it is also home to some strange creatures, including [[Creatures#Ursa|ursas]], [[Creatures#Timberwolf|timberwolves]] and [[parasprite]]s. The [[Tree of Harmony]] is found far into the forest, in a gorge located near the [[Castle of the Royal Pony Sisters]].{{clr}}
   
[[File:Entrance to the Everfree Forest S1E02.png|thumb|200px|Everfree Forest]] The [[Everfree Forest]] is located outside of [[Ponyville]]. It appears not to be bound by the same laws as the rest of Equestria since plants grow, animals care for themselves, and the weather changes without the help of ponies. It is also home to some strange creatures, including [[Creatures#Ursa|Ursas]], [[Creatures#Timberwolf|Timberwolves]] and [[Parasprite]]s.{{clr}}
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====Manehattan====
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{{Main|Manehattan}}
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[[File:Manehattan revealed S4E08.png|thumb|Manehattan]] [[Manehattan]]<ref group="note">Spelled "Manehatten" on the original version of the map, but spelled "Manehattan" on the updated version of the map.</ref> is a large city featured in [[The Cutie Mark Chronicles]] and [[Rarity Takes Manehattan]]. It is the hometown of [[Babs Seed]] and [[Applejack]]'s Aunt and Uncle Orange. The name is a play on Manhattan Island, a section of [[Wikipedia:New York City|New York City]]. New York City was once originally known as [[Wikipedia:New Amsterdam|New Orange]] by former Dutch settlers, which may be referred to in the episode by Applejack's Aunt and Uncle Orange. Additionally, New York City is sometimes called "[[Wikipedia:Big Apple|The Big Apple]]."
   
 
====White Tail Woods====
 
====White Tail Woods====
[[File:Applejack and Rainbow Dash racing fair S1E13.png|thumb|200px|White Tail Woods]] The site for the Running of the Leaves held in the episode [[Fall Weather Friends]], where the ponies run through the forest to shake the leaves off the trees.{{clr}}
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[[File:Applejack and Rainbow Dash racing fair S1E13.png|thumb|White Tail Woods]] The site for the Running of the Leaves held in the episode [[Fall Weather Friends]], where the ponies run through the forest to shake the leaves off the trees. The name of the woods is possibly inspired by the [[wikipedia:White-tailed deer|white-tailed deer]].{{clr}}
   
 
====Froggy Bottom Bogg====
 
====Froggy Bottom Bogg====
[[File:Froggy Bottom S1E15.png|thumb|200px|Froggy Bottom Bogg]] Froggy Bottom Bogg is featured in [[Feeling Pinkie Keen]]. [[Fluttershy]] relocates some frogs to the bog because of overpopulation. When [[Pinkie Pie]] gets an ominous premonition, [[Twilight Sparkle]], [[Applejack]], [[Spike]] and Pinkie Pie venture to the bog to make sure Fluttershy is okay. They come upon a [[Creatures#Hydra|hydra]] who chases them to a chasm which they cross in order to escape.{{clr}}
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[[File:Froggy Bottom S1E15.png|thumb|Froggy Bottom Bogg]] Froggy Bottom Bogg is featured in [[Feeling Pinkie Keen]]. Fluttershy relocates some frogs to the bog because of overpopulation. When [[Pinkie Pie]] gets an ominous premonition, Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Spike and Pinkie Pie venture to the bog to make sure Fluttershy is okay. They come upon a [[Creatures#Hydra|hydra]] who chases them to a chasm which they cross in order to escape. The name is a reference to Foggy Bottom, a neighborhood in Washington, DC.{{clr}}
   
 
====Appleloosa====
 
====Appleloosa====
[[File:AppleloosaOverview.png|thumb|200px|Appleloosa]] Appleloosa is featured in the episode [[Over a Barrel]]. Applejack's cousin [[Braeburn]] gives the ponies a tour through the town, which he says was built in less than a year, and shows them sights such as horse-drawn carriages, horse-''drawn'' horse-drawn carriages, wild west dances, mild west dances, "The Salt Block" saloon, and a sheriff. The town's apple orchard is the source of a territorial dispute between the settlers and a tribe of buffalo. The name comes from the [[wikipedia:Appaloosa|Appaloosa]] breed of horse.{{clr}}
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[[File:Appleloosa Overview S1E21.png|thumb|Appleloosa]] Appleloosa is featured in the episode [[Over a Barrel]]. Applejack's cousin [[Braeburn]] gives the ponies a tour through the town, which he says was built in less than a year, and shows them sights such as horse-drawn carriages, horse-''drawn'' horse-drawn carriages, wild west dances, mild west dances, "The Salt Block" saloon, and the sheriff. The town's apple orchard is the source of a territorial dispute between the settlers and a tribe of buffalo. The name comes from the [[Wikipedia:Appaloosa|Appaloosa]] breed of horse. Coincidentally, the map of the lands south of Equestria, in [[IDW comics]]' [[My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (comics)#Issue #2|''My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic'' issue #2]], names the "Appaloosan Mountains" south of Appleloosa.
   
====Manehatten====
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Applejack mentions the town in [[Bats!]], saying that [[Granny Smith]], [[Big McIntosh]] and [[Apple Bloom]] are there ahead of the produce competition at the Appleloosa State Fair. The town is briefly shown at the beginning of [[Pinkie Pride]], where the ponies and buffalo enjoy a party thrown by [[Cheese Sandwich]].
[[File:Manehattan3.png|thumb|200px|Manehatten]] Manehatten is a large city where Applejack's aunt and uncle, the [[Family and relatives#Applejack|Orange couple]], reside, first depicted in [[The Cutie Mark Chronicles]] and referenced in later episodes. Applejack is introduced to the high society of Manehatten after leaving [[Sweet Apple Acres]] in a flashback in [[The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]. She soon finds herself homesick, and returns to the farm.
 
The name is a play on Manhattan Island, a section of [[Wikipedia:New York City|New York City]]. During her story in The Cutie Mark Chronicles, Applejack passes a statue that greatly resembles the [[wikipedia:Statue of Liberty|Statue of Liberty]] but in the form of a mare instead of a woman. New York City was once originally known as [[wikipedia:New Amsterdam|New Orange]] by former Dutch settlers, which may be referred to in the episode by Applejack's aunt and uncle Orange. Additionally, New York City is sometimes called "[[wikipedia:Big Apple|The Big Apple]]."
 
   
 
====Ghastly Gorge====
 
====Ghastly Gorge====
[[File:Ghastly Gorge.png|thumb|200px|Ghastly Bottom Gorge]] A gorge filled with perils, such as a windy cave, bramble bushes and [[Creatures#Quarray eels|quarray eels]]. [[Rainbow Dash]] held a contest to see who would be her pet there in [[May the Best Pet Win!]].{{clr}}
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[[File:Ghastly Gorge S2E7.png|thumb|Ghastly Gorge]] A gorge filled with perils, such as a windy cave, bramble bushes and [[Creatures#Quarray eels|quarray eels]]. Rainbow Dash held a contest to see who would be her pet there in [[May the Best Pet Win!]].{{clr}}
   
 
====Dodge Junction====
 
====Dodge Junction====
[[File:Dodge junction.png|thumb|200px|Dodge Junction]] Dodge Junction is an old-west town in the desert, resembling [[#Appleloosa|Appleloosa]]. It is introduced in the episode [[The Last Roundup]]. The town's name is a reference to [[Wikipedia:Dodge City, Kansas|Dodge City, Kansas]], a town famous in America for its role in the wild frontier of the Old West. It is currently the only town without an equine-type reference in its name.{{clr}}
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[[File:Applejack at Dodge Junction S2E14.png|thumb|Dodge Junction]] Dodge Junction is an old-western town in the desert, resembling [[#Appleloosa|Appleloosa]]. It is introduced in the episode [[The Last Roundup]]. The town's name is a reference to [[Wikipedia:Dodge City, Kansas|Dodge City, Kansas]], a town famous in the [[Wikipedia:United States|United States]] for its role in the wild frontier of the Old West.{{clr}}
   
====Crystal Kingdom====
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====Winsome Falls====
Featured during the [[Ballad of the Crystal Ponies]].{{clr}}
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[[File:Rainbow waterfalls S3E6.png|thumb|Winsome Falls]] Winsome Falls are composed of multiple rainbow-colored waterfalls. This is the camping destination for Applejack, Apple Bloom, [[Rarity]], [[Sweetie Belle]], Rainbow Dash, and [[Scootaloo]] in the episode [[Sleepless in Ponyville]].{{clr}}
   
===Mentioned regions===
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====Tenochtitlan Basin====
====Tartarus====
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The Tenochtitlan Basin is a region located in a remote part of Equestria, mostly marked by trees. It is featured in the episode [[Daring Don't]]. Two areas of note here are [[Daring Do]]'s house and the Fortress of Talicon. The basin shares its name with the ancient Aztec city-state [[Wikipedia:Tenochtitlan|Tenochtitlan]].
Tartarus is a place mentioned in [[It's About Time]]. It's a place where evil creatures are held prisoner and guarded by the three-headed dog, [[Creatures#Cerberus|Cerberus]]. [[Wikipedia:Tartarus|Tartarus]] is from Greek mythology, being a deep dark pit below the underworld where many of the damned are imprisoned. One of the residents of Tartarus is [[Wikipedia:Cerberus|Cerberus]], a three headed dog that guards its entrance.
 
   
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====Rainbow Falls====
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[[File:View of Rainbow Falls S4E10.png|thumb|Rainbow Falls]]
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{{for|the [[Episodes|episode]] itself|Rainbow Falls}}
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An Equestrian village that appeared in the season four [[Rainbow Falls|episode of the same name]]. Like Winsome Falls, it mostly consists of rainbow-colored waterfalls, but also has a handful of dwellings and a training course for holding the [[Equestria Games (event)|Equestria Games]] tryouts. The village holds an annual Traders Exchange as seen in [[Trade Ya!]].
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====Flame Geyser Swamp====
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[[File:Flame Geyser Swamp S4E17.png|thumb|Flame Geyser Swamp]]The Flame Geyser Swamp is a foggy swamp with flame geysers featured in [[Somepony to Watch Over Me]]. Apple Bloom goes there on her pie delivery and encounters a [[Creatures#Chimera|chimera]] which Applejack defeats and saves Apple Bloom.{{clr}}
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===Mentioned regions===
 
====Hoofington====
 
====Hoofington====
Hoofington is a village mentioned by [[Trixie]] as the site of her alleged battle with an [[Ursa]]. The suffix -[[wiktionary:-ingtun|ington]] is derived from old English for "town". The name is quite similar to that of a political news website, ''The Huffington Post''.
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Hoofington is a village mentioned by [[Trixie]] as the site of her alleged battle with an [[Creatures#Ursa|ursa]]; her story implies the town is near the Everfree Forest. The suffix -[[wiktionary:-ingtun|ington]] is derived from old English for "town". The name is quite similar to that of a political news website, ''The Huffington Post''.
   
 
====Fillydelphia====
 
====Fillydelphia====
Fillydelphia is briefly mentioned by [[Princess Celestia]] in the episode [[Swarm of the Century]]. As an excuse for cancelling her visit to [[Ponyville]], the Princess says she has to go to Fillydelphia in order to deal with an infestation of "incredibly bothersome creatures", presumably [[parasprites]]. It is also mentioned in [[A Friend in Deed]] as [[Cranky Doodle Donkey]]'s previous residence. In [[It's About Time]], it is mentioned when [[Rainbow Dash]] gives the report that nothing dangerous is coming from Fillydelphia all the way to Las Pegasus. In [[Hurricane Fluttershy]], Rainbow Dash mentions that Fillydelphia broke the tornado wind speed record with a top speed of 910 wingpower. [[Lauren Faust]], the show's creator, mentioned in a [http://fyre-flye.deviantart.com/art/Unicorn-Family-255844076 comment on deviantArt] that she wanted to name the main setting of the show Fillydelphia after [[wikipedia:Philadelphia|Philadelphia]] where her family resides, but ultimately went with [[Ponyville]].
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Fillydelphia is briefly mentioned by [[Princess Celestia]] in the episode [[Swarm of the Century]]. As an excuse for cancelling her visit to [[Ponyville]], the Princess says she has to go to Fillydelphia in order to deal with an infestation of "incredibly bothersome creatures", presumably [[parasprites]]. It is mentioned again in [[A Friend in Deed]] as [[Cranky Doodle Donkey]]'s previous residence. In [[It's About Time]], it is mentioned when [[Rainbow Dash]] gives the report that nothing dangerous is coming from Fillydelphia all the way to Las Pegasus. In [[Hurricane Fluttershy]], Rainbow Dash mentions that Fillydelphia broke the tornado wind speed record with a top speed of 910 wingpower. In [[Apple Family Reunion]], Apple Bloom mentions that some of the RSPVs to the family reunion were sent from Fillydelphia, among other cities and locations.
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Fillydelphia is also mentioned in [[Games Ponies Play]]. In [[Testing Testing 1, 2, 3]], Applejack mentions Granny Smith discovering the first granny smith apple here when she was a filly.
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[[Lauren Faust]], the show's creator, mentioned in a [http://fyre-flye.deviantart.com/art/Unicorn-Family-255844076 comment on deviantArt] that she wanted to name the main setting of the show Fillydelphia after [[Wikipedia:Philadelphia|Philadelphia]] where her family resides, but ultimately went with [[Ponyville]]. The city is also present on the official map.
   
 
====Trottingham====
 
====Trottingham====
Trottingham is mentioned in [[Stare Master]], where Rarity is making 20 gold-lined gowns for ponies there, and later mentioned in [[Luna Eclipsed]] as [[Pipsqueak]]'s previous residence. It is probably a portmanteau of 'Nottingham', an English city, and 'trot', a walking speed for horses.
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Trottingham is mentioned in [[Stare Master]], where Rarity is making 20 gold-lined gowns for ponies there, and later mentioned in [[Luna Eclipsed]] as [[Pipsqueak]]'s previous residence. It is probably a portmanteau of 'Nottingham', an English city, and 'trot', a jogging speed for horses.
   
====Los Pegasus====
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====Las Pegasus====
Los Pegasus is mentioned in [[It's About Time]]. It is referenced when Rainbow Dash gives the report that nothing dangerous is coming from Fillydelphia all the way to Los Pegasus. The name is a play on [[wikipedia:Las_Vegas,_Nevada|Las Vegas]] according to the episode's writer M.A. Larson,<ref name="LasPegasus">{{cite web|url=https://twitter.com/#!/M_A_Larson/status/205409365233119233|title=M.A. Larson confirming the reference to Las Vegas|date=2012-05-24|accessdate=2012-05-24}} [[:File:M_A_Larson_discussing_Los_Pegasus_on_Twitter_2012-05-23.png|Archived locally]].</ref> though it was later spelled "Los Pegasus" on a [[Merchandise#Posters|poster]] which placed it next to "Applewood" on Equestria's west coast.
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{{anchor|Los Pegasus}}Las Pegasus is mentioned in [[It's About Time]]. It is referenced when [[Rainbow Dash]] gives the report that nothing dangerous is coming from Fillydelphia all the way to Las Pegasus. The name is a play on [[Wikipedia:Las Vegas, Nevada|Las Vegas]] according to the episode's writer M.A. Larson.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://twitter.com/#!/M_A_Larson/status/205409365233119233|title=M.A. Larson confirming the reference to Las Vegas|date=2012-05-24|accessdate=2012-05-24}} [[:File:M.A. Larson discussing Las Pegasus on Twitter 2012-05-23.png|Archived locally]].</ref> In the [[Merchandise#Posters|original version of the map]], it was spelled "Los Pegasus", with an "Applewood" sign placed next to it, which implied a [[Wikipedia:Los Angeles|Los Angeles]] / [[Wikipedia:Hollywood|Hollywood]] reference. It is present on the [[:File:Map of Equestria April 2013.jpg|April 2013 version of the map]] under the name "Las Pegasus".
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Tartarus is a place mentioned in [[It's About Time]]. It's a place where evil creatures are held prisoner and guarded by the three-headed dog, [[Creatures#Cerberus|Cerberus]]. [[Wikipedia:Tartarus|Tartarus]] is from Greek mythology, being a deep dark pit below the underworld where many of the damned are imprisoned.
   
 
====Baltimare====
 
====Baltimare====
Baltimare is a city mentioned in [[It's About Time]]. It is referenced when Rainbow Dash gave a mini-report that a pegasus just came back from there, and there was no danger. The name is a play on the real life city called [[Wikipedia:Baltimore|Baltimore]].
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Baltimare is a city mentioned in [[It's About Time]]. It is referenced when Rainbow Dash gave a mini-report that a pegasus just came back from there, and there was no danger. The name is a play on the real life city called [[Wikipedia:Baltimore|Baltimore]]. It is present on the official map of Equestria.
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====Saddle Arabia====
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Mentioned in the episode [[Magic Duel]], Princess Celestia arrives to Ponyville with two representatives from the region. The name is a play on the real life desert region kingdom of [[Wikipedia:Saudi Arabia|Saudi Arabia]].
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====Hollow Shades====
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Mentioned in the episode [[Apple Family Reunion]] by Apple Bloom while she is rattling off town names. It is present on the official map of Equestria.
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====Galloping Gorge====
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Mentioned in the episode [[Apple Family Reunion]] by Apple Bloom while she is rattling off town names. It is present on the official map of Equestria.
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====Foal Mountain====
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Mentioned in the episode [[Apple Family Reunion]] by Apple Bloom while she is rattling off town names. It is present on the official map of Equestria.
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====Tall Tale====
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Mentioned in the episode [[Apple Family Reunion]] by Apple Bloom while she is rattling off town names. It is present on the official map of Equestria.
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====Mustangia====
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Mentioned in the episode [[Games Ponies Play]] by [[Ms. Peachbottom]]. In the episode, she tells [[Shining Armor]] that she is "just an ordinary wild mustang from Mustangia".
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Mentioned in the episode [[Three's A Crowd]] by [[Princess Cadance]]. The "caverns of Maretania" are said to be a place explored by [[Star Swirl the Bearded]]. The name is a play on [[wikipedia:Mauritania|Mauritania]].
   
 
==Other depictions==
 
==Other depictions==
 
===Merchandise===
 
===Merchandise===
[[Canterlot]] is the focus of a [[Toys|toy line]] of the same name. This toy line has a logo featuring [[Twilight Sparkle]] and a description reading "CANTERLOT is the royal city in EQUESTRIA and home to [[Princess Celestia|PRINCESS CELESTIA]]. The princess lives in a magical castle. Every pony dreams of visiting CANTERLOT!"
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[[Canterlot]] is the focus of a [[Toys|toy]] and [[merchandise]] line of the same name. This toy line has a logo featuring [[Twilight Sparkle]] and a description reading "CANTERLOT is the royal city in EQUESTRIA and home to [[Princess Celestia|PRINCESS CELESTIA]]. The princess lives in a magical castle. Every pony dreams of visiting CANTERLOT!"
   
The [[#Crystal Kingdom|Crystal Empire]] is the focus of a [[Toys|toy line]] of the same name.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://mlparena.com/mlp/index.php/topic,303001.0.html|title=Crystal Empire FS Cadance and Shining Armor|date=2012-07-19|accessdate=2012-07-20}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/05/more-pony-packs-wings-and-scooters.html|title=More Pony Packs, Wings, and Scooters|date=2012-05-14|work=Equestria Daily|accessdate=2012-05-19}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://mlparena.com/mlp/index.php/topic,296428.0.html|title=Crystal Empire Rainbow Collection + "Crystal" Fluttershy|date=2012-05-18|accessdate=2012-05-19}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://mlparena.com/mlp/index.php/topic,300761.0.html|title=New Crystal empire set Finally we know where that Luna came from.|date=2012-06-28|accessdate=2012-06-30}}</ref> This toy line has a logo featuring [[Princess Cadance]] and a description reading, "Welcome to the CRYSTAL EMPIRE, a magical place full of hidden secrets! The ponies shine and sparkle here!" Crystal Fashion Style Princess Cadance & Shining Armor, one of the toy sets included in this toy line, has an individual description reading, "PRINCESS CADANCE and SHINING ARMOR share a big responsibility! They lead the CRYSTAL EMPIRE together!" The Crystal Princess Ponies Collection, another one of the toy sets included in this toy line, has an individual description reading, "PRINCESS CELESTIA and PRINCESS LUNA believe that PRINCESS CADANCE will bring happiness to the CRYSTAL EMPIRE!"
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The [[Crystal Empire]] is the focus of a [[Toys|toy]] line of the same name. This toy line has a logo featuring [[Princess Cadance]] and a description reading, "Welcome to the CRYSTAL EMPIRE, a magical place full of hidden secrets! The ponies shine and sparkle here!" Crystal Fashion Style Princess Cadance & Shining Armor, one of the toy sets included in this toy line, has an individual description reading, "PRINCESS CADANCE and SHINING ARMOR share a big responsibility! They lead the CRYSTAL EMPIRE together!"<ref>{{cite web|url=http://mlparena.com/mlp/index.php/topic,303001.0.html|title=Crystal Empire FS Cadance and Shining Armor|date=2012-07-19|accessdate=2012-07-20}}</ref> The Crystal Princess Ponies Collection, another one of the toy sets included in this toy line, has an individual description reading, "PRINCESS CELESTIA and PRINCESS LUNA believe that PRINCESS CADANCE will bring happiness to the CRYSTAL EMPIRE!"<ref>{{cite web|url=http://mlparena.com/mlp/index.php/topic,300761.0.html|title=New Crystal empire set Finally we know where that Luna came from.|date=2012-06-28|accessdate=2012-06-30}}</ref> Fluttershy, a single toy to be included in this toy line, has an individual description reading, "FLUTTERSHY has a tea party to make friends with the CRYSTAL EMPIRE ponies—they seem just as shy as her!"<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/09/more-transluscent-ponies-on-taobao-bit.html|title=More Transluscent Ponies on Taobao + a Bit more Crystal Empire|date=2012-09-01|work=Equestria Daily|accessdate=2012-09-01}}</ref>
   
The online store WeLoveFine sells or formerly sold several pieces of officially-licensed fan-designed [[merchandise]] that mention [[#Appleloosa|Appleloosa]], [[Canterlot]], [[Cloudsdale]], [[#Fillydelphia|Fillydelphia]] (sometimes spelled as Phillydelphia), Foaledo, [[#Hoofington|Hoofington]], Manechester, [[#Manehattan|Manehattan]], [[Ponyville]], San Franciscolt, Seaddle, [[#Trottingham|Trottingham]], and Whinneapolis.
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The online store WeLoveFine sells or formerly sold several pieces of officially-licensed fan-designed [[merchandise]] that mention [[#Appleloosa|Appleloosa]], [[Canterlot]], [[Cloudsdale]], [[#Fillydelphia|Fillydelphia]] (sometimes spelled as Phillydelphia), Foaledo, [[#Hoofington|Hoofington]], Manechester, [[#Manehattan|Manehattan]], [[Ponyville]], San Franciscolt, Seaddle, [[#Trottingham|Trottingham]] and Whinneapolis.
   
A poster which features an official map of Equestria was released on August 3, 2012.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/08/official-map-and-season-2-cast-picture.html|title=Official Map and Season 2 Cast Picture Show Up|work=Equestria Daily|date=2012-08-03|accessdate=2012-08-03}}</ref>
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===Official map and other places===
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[[File:Map of Equestria April 2013.jpg|thumb|250px|April 2013 version of the map]]A poster which features an official map of Equestria was released on August 3, 2012.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/08/official-map-and-season-2-cast-picture.html|title=Official Map and Season 2 Cast Picture Show Up|work=Equestria Daily|date=2012-08-03|accessdate=2012-08-03}}</ref> According to the map, Equestria bears a very similar resemblance to North America, having most of the cities like Manehattan and Vanhoover located in the same places as their real-life counterparts.
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The following places are present on the official map of Equestria but never featured in any other franchise's medium. from top left – North-West – to bottom right – South-East.
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*The Frozen North; it is evoqued by Princess Celestia in the episode [[The Crystal Empire - Part 1]], as the place where [[King Sombra]] was banished.
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*Crystal Mountains, never mentionned, but supposedly seen around the [[Crystal Empire]] in the episodes [[The Crystal Empire - Part 2]] and [[Games Ponies Play]]
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*Neighagra Falls
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*Unicorn Range
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*Smokey Mountain
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*"Saddle L." – Lake ?
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*Rambling Rock Ridge
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*Bogg – supposedly [[Froggy Bottom Bog]]
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*Ruins – supposedly the ancient [[castle of the Royal Pony Sisters]].
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*Applewood, near Las Pegasus
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*Hayseed Swamps
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*Horseshoe Bay
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*San Palomino Desert
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*Macintosh Hills
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*Badlands – When [[Queen Chrysalis]] is defeated by [[Shining Armor]] and [[Princess Cadance]], she and a few of her changelings go flying in the direction of the Badlands as she vanishes from view (although the comics depict her landing beyond them)
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The map is shown in [[Pinkie Pride]] during [[Cheese Sandwich]]'s flashback in [[Cheese Confesses]]. A portion of the northwestern area of the map is also shown during [[Daring Don't]].
   
 
===Promotional material===
 
===Promotional material===
A [[Wikipedia:The New York Times|''New York Times'']] ad mentions that the ponies who attend the [[Canterlot]] wedding in [[A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2]] include residents of [[#Appleloosa|Appleloosa]], Galloping Gorge, [[#Fillydelphia|Fillydelphia]], and [[#Manehattan|Manehattan]].<ref>[http://popwatch.ew.com/2012/04/13/my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic-wedding-announcement/ Article image listing Appleloosa, Galloping Gorge, Fillydelphia, and Manehattan]</ref>
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A ''[[Wikipedia:The New York Times|New York Times]]'' ad mentions that the ponies who attend the [[Canterlot]] wedding in [[A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2]] include residents of [[#Appleloosa|Appleloosa]], [[#Galloping Gorge|Galloping Gorge]], [[#Fillydelphia|Fillydelphia]], and [[#Manehattan|Manehattan]].<ref>[http://popwatch.ew.com/2012/04/13/my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic-wedding-announcement/ Article image listing Appleloosa, Galloping Gorge, Fillydelphia, and Manehattan]</ref>
   
A poll posted by The Hub's Facebook page focuses on [[Princess Cadance]] and [[Shining Armor]] choosing between [[#Appleloosa|Appleloosa]], Galloping Gorge, [[#Fillydelphia|Fillydelphia]], Saddle Arabia, and [[#Manehattan|Manehattan]] as the location of their honeymoon.<ref>[http://www.facebook.com/questions/350772841638471/ Facebook question listing Appleloosa, Galloping Gorge, Fillydelphia, Saddle Arabia, and Manehattan]</ref>
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A poll posted by The Hub's Facebook page focuses on [[Princess Cadance]] and [[Shining Armor]] choosing between [[#Appleloosa|Appleloosa]], [[#Galloping Gorge|Galloping Gorge]], [[#Fillydelphia|Fillydelphia]], [[#Saddle Arabia|Saddle Arabia]] and [[#Manehattan|Manehattan]] as the location of their honeymoon.<ref>[http://www.facebook.com/questions/350772841638471/ Facebook question listing Appleloosa, Galloping Gorge, Fillydelphia, Saddle Arabia, and Manehattan]</ref>
   
===[[Merchandise#Software|Software]]===
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The My Little Pony Wedding Quiz section of Hasbro's Pony Wedding microsite describes the [[Crystal Empire]] as "cultured".
The founding of Equestria is described in the iOS app ''Twilight Sparkle: Teacher for a Day'' and its Ruckus Reader version ''Twilight Sparkle's Special Lesson''. The [[Pegasus ponies|Pegasus]], [[Unicorns|unicorn]] and [[Earth ponies|Earth]] ponies did not live in harmony, their hearts were cold, and a blizzard overtook their land. Each group of ponies decided to find a new place to live, but they all arrived at the same new place, but the blizzard followed them. The ponies figured out there was only one way to get rid of the blizzard, to treat one another warmly. The unicorns used magic to build [[Canterlot]], and once the city was finished, they invited the Pegasus and Earth ponies to a party, which became a yearly event called the [[Grand Galloping Gala]].
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===[[My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (comics)|Comic book]]===
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Comic book issue #1's Cover F shows a signpost with seven signs, including ones for [[Canterlot]], San Flanksisco, [[#Manehattan|Manehattan]], Seaddle, Whinnyapolis, and a city.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/10/30/eighteen-of-the-nineteen-covers-for-my-little-pony-1/|title=Eighteen Of The Nineteen Covers For My Little Pony #1|work=Bleeding Cool|author=Rich Johnston|date=2012-10-30|accessdate=2012-10-30}}</ref>
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In 'The Return of Queen Chrysalis Part 2', a full map of the area south of Macintosh Hills is shown at the back of the comic.
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The founding of Equestria is described in the iOS app ''Twilight Sparkle: Teacher for a Day'' and its Ruckus Reader version ''Twilight Sparkle's Special Lesson''. The [[Pegasi|Pegasus]], [[Unicorns|unicorn]] and [[Earth ponies|Earth]] ponies did not live in harmony, their hearts were cold, and a blizzard overtook their land. Each group of ponies decided to find a new place to live, but they all arrived at the same new place, but the blizzard followed them. The ponies figured out there was only one way to get rid of the blizzard, to treat one another warmly. The unicorns used magic to build [[Canterlot]], and once the city was finished, they invited the Pegasus and Earth ponies to a party, which became a yearly event called the [[Grand Galloping Gala]].
   
 
===Magazine===
 
===Magazine===
In one of the comics in the German [[Merchandise#Magazine|magazine]], [[Twilight Sparkle]], [[Applejack]], and [[Spike]] journey through the [[Everfree Forest]] to a land outside of Equestria, where they find a field of barley and spend the night with a stallion they befriend (who has the same character design as [[Big Macintosh]] and "[[List of ponies#Creme Brulee|Creme Brulee]]").
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In one of the comics in the German [[Merchandise#Magazine|magazine]], [[Twilight Sparkle]], [[Applejack]], and [[Spike]] journey through the [[Everfree Forest]] to a land outside of Equestria, where they find a field of barley and spend the evening with [[List of comic ponies#MagazineUnnamed Yoke|a stallion they befriend]]. The land outside of Equestria is completely different than inside. There are no unicorns or Pegasi, there is no magic, and nature takes care of itself.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://dennyhooves.deviantart.com/art/No-Way-Too-Far-3-of-5-251061091|title=German MLP magazine comic - Unofficial translation|date=2011-08-04|accessdate=2013-05-09}}</ref>
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The underwater city of Aquastria, ruled by [[Princess Celestia]]'s sea lion [[Family and relatives#Princess Celestia and Princess Luna|cousin]] King Leo, appears in the [[Merchandise#Storybooks|picture book]] ''My Little Pony: Under the Sparkling Sea''.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.amazon.com/dp/0316245593|title=My Little Pony: Under the Sparkling Sea|work=Amazon.com|accessdate=2013-02-09}}</ref> It is an underwater city populated by seaponies and mermares, as well as other sentient sea creatures; in the book, the main characters visit the kingdom.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.ew.com/ew/special/0,,20609141_20687453,00.html|title='My Little Pony': First Looks at New Books!|work=Entertainment Weekly|date=2013-04-02|accessdate=2013-04-03}}</ref> The seaponies are referred to as "cousins" of the land-based ponies.
   
 
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Map of Equestria April 2013
A map of Equestria designed for the series guidebook and later posted (with the EW watermark) by the official European Spanish My Little Pony Facebook page[1]
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Equestria is the main setting of the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic franchise. Equestria is inhabited by magical ponies and other talking creatures, such as griffons and dragons. Other animals and creatures also live in Equestria. Equestria is a kingdom[note 1] co-ruled by Princess Celestia and Princess Luna, who watch over it through telescopes at the top of a tower in their base city of Canterlot. The name "Equestria" is derived from the word "equestrian" (horseback riding), which stems from equus, the Latin word for "horse".

ProductionEdit

Lauren Faust wrote in a comment on her deviantART page that the Everfree Forest is west of Ponyville, Sweet Apple Acres is southwest, and Fluttershy's cottage and meadow are located north of the farm, presumably between Ponyville and the forest. Canterlot is northeast of Ponyville. However, in subsequent interviews, both Faust and Jayson Thiessen mentioned that the geography and continuity of the show are loosely defined and may change as necessary,[2] and a layout artist stated on December 10, 2011 that the production team had no official map of Equestria at their disposal.[3]

The English word most similar to the placename Equestria is equestrian, "of or relating to horse riding", from the Latin equester, "belonging to a horseman", from equus, "horse", which is also the origin of equine. In this sense, "Equestria" would translate as "land of the horsemen" instead of "land of horses".

Depiction in the seriesEdit

The founding of EquestriaEdit

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The three tribes trotting to the summit
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The story of the founding of Equestria is relayed in software, and part of this explanation is covered in Hearth's Warming Eve.

The episode's most prominent feature is a play about the founding of Equestria, narrated by Spike. He explains: "each of the three tribes, the Pegasi, the unicorns, and the Earth ponies, cared not for what befell the other tribes, but only for their own welfare. In those troubled times, as now, the Pegasi were the stewards of the weather, but they demanded something in return: food that could only be grown by the Earth Ponies. The unicorns demanded the same, in return for magically bringing forth day and night. And so, mistrust between the tribes festered, until one fateful day, it came to a boil. And what prompted the Ponies to clash? It was a mysterious blizzard that overtook the land, and toppled the tribes' precarious peace."

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The Equestrian flag
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The blizzard led to famine, at which the three tribal leaders eventually agreed to meet for a summit and decide what to do about the snow, but this only devolved into arguing and blaming each other. The leaders of each tribe then decided to journey to a new land. They all arrived at the same place, and soon began fighting over it, and the blizzard quickly followed. "And so the paradise that the ponies had found was soon lost, buried beneath a thick blanket of snow, and hard feelings." Eventually the leaders' assistants find out windigos are causing the storm by feeding off of hate. The assistants' friendship creates the magical Fire of Friendship which does away with the windigos and the snowstorm.

The three leaders then decide to join forces and found a country shared by all three tribes, and name it Equestria.

Discord's reign of chaosEdit

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Stained-glass art of Celestia and Luna defeating Discord
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The series starts off with a prologue with narration about the princesses ruling Equestria, raising the sun and moon and maintaining harmony. Only in The Return of Harmony Part 1 is the time before their rule mentioned in the series. Princess Celestia tells Twilight Sparkle and her friends that before Princess Luna and herself stood up to Discord, he ruled over Equestria, keeping it in a state of unrest and unhappiness. Celestia goes on to describe that, seeing how miserable life was for Earth ponies, unicorns, and Pegasi alike, she and Luna discovered the Elements of Harmony and rose up against Discord, turning him to stone. Discord's spell is later broken because, as Celestia explains, "Luna and [herself] are no longer connected to the elements", so Twilight and her friends use the Elements of Harmony to encase Discord in stone again.

The regal Alicorn sistersEdit

The princesses are introduced in the prologue of the first episode, depicted in a series of medieval-like drawings with a narration that says "two regal sisters who ruled together and created harmony for all the land", and that "the eldest used her unicorn powers to raise the sun at dawn. The younger brought out the moon to begin the night."

Nightmare MoonEdit

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Nightmare Moon, from the prologue
The narration continues: their subjects, the ponies, played in the day but "shunned" the night and slept through it, which made the younger unicorn grow bitter, eventually refusing to lower the moon to make way for the dawn. Her bitterness transformed her into a "wicked mare of darkness", Nightmare Moon. The elder sister reluctantly harnessed the power of the Elements of Harmony and banished her "in" the moon, taking responsibility for both sun and moon, maintaining harmony in Equestria. The events of the first and second episodes take place a thousand years after Nightmare Moon's imprisonment, upon which she is freed, but defeated again through the magic of the Elements of Harmony, only this time she is transformed back to her former self and returns to rule Equestria with her sister.

In Testing Testing 1, 2, 3, these events are referred to as The Great Celestia/Luna Rift.

Featured regionsEdit

PonyvilleEdit

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Ponyville
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Ponyville is a small town that is the main setting of the series and the home of the main characters. Ponyville was founded by Earth ponies, but it is currently inhabited by Pegasi and unicorns as well.

CanterlotEdit

Main article: Canterlot
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Canterlot
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Canterlot is the capital of Equestria and home to the royal palace of Princess Celestia and Princess Luna. It was also the home of Twilight Sparkle and Spike prior to their relocation to Ponyville. Canterlot is where large events such as the Grand Galloping Gala take place. The name is a reference to Camelot, the home to King Arthur and his "Knights of The Round Table" as well as being a play on the word "canter," which is a three-beat gait possessed by all horses that is faster than a trot but slower than a gallop.

CloudsdaleEdit

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Cloudsdale is a city in the sky where the Best Young Flyer competition takes place and where Equestria's weather is made. Only Pegasi live and work there, since non-Pegasus ponies cannot stand on clouds. It is also the hometown of both Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy. The name is a reference to the Clydesdale, a breed of draft horses. The Weather Factory is located there.

Crystal EmpireEdit

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The Crystal Empire is featured in the third season. In the Ballad of the Crystal Ponies, Twilight Sparkle mentions the Crystal Kingdom as part of the Crystal Ponies' history. It is also home to the Crystal Ponies as well as Shining Armor and Princess Cadance, who took over the kingdom after King Sombra was defeated a second time by the Crystal Heart.

Everfree ForestEdit

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The Everfree Forest is located outside of Ponyville. It appears not to be bound by the same laws as the rest of Equestria since plants grow, animals care for themselves, and the weather changes without the help of ponies. Zecora's hut is located in the forest and it is also home to some strange creatures, including ursas, timberwolves and parasprites. The Tree of Harmony is found far into the forest, in a gorge located near the Castle of the Royal Pony Sisters.

ManehattanEdit

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Manehattan[note 2] is a large city featured in The Cutie Mark Chronicles and Rarity Takes Manehattan. It is the hometown of Babs Seed and Applejack's Aunt and Uncle Orange. The name is a play on Manhattan Island, a section of New York City. New York City was once originally known as New Orange by former Dutch settlers, which may be referred to in the episode by Applejack's Aunt and Uncle Orange. Additionally, New York City is sometimes called "The Big Apple."

White Tail WoodsEdit

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The site for the Running of the Leaves held in the episode Fall Weather Friends, where the ponies run through the forest to shake the leaves off the trees. The name of the woods is possibly inspired by the white-tailed deer.

Froggy Bottom BoggEdit

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Froggy Bottom Bogg is featured in Feeling Pinkie Keen. Fluttershy relocates some frogs to the bog because of overpopulation. When Pinkie Pie gets an ominous premonition, Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Spike and Pinkie Pie venture to the bog to make sure Fluttershy is okay. They come upon a hydra who chases them to a chasm which they cross in order to escape. The name is a reference to Foggy Bottom, a neighborhood in Washington, DC.

AppleloosaEdit

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Appleloosa is featured in the episode Over a Barrel. Applejack's cousin Braeburn gives the ponies a tour through the town, which he says was built in less than a year, and shows them sights such as horse-drawn carriages, horse-drawn horse-drawn carriages, wild west dances, mild west dances, "The Salt Block" saloon, and the sheriff. The town's apple orchard is the source of a territorial dispute between the settlers and a tribe of buffalo. The name comes from the Appaloosa breed of horse. Coincidentally, the map of the lands south of Equestria, in IDW comics' My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic issue #2, names the "Appaloosan Mountains" south of Appleloosa.

Applejack mentions the town in Bats!, saying that Granny Smith, Big McIntosh and Apple Bloom are there ahead of the produce competition at the Appleloosa State Fair. The town is briefly shown at the beginning of Pinkie Pride, where the ponies and buffalo enjoy a party thrown by Cheese Sandwich.

Ghastly GorgeEdit

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A gorge filled with perils, such as a windy cave, bramble bushes and quarray eels. Rainbow Dash held a contest to see who would be her pet there in May the Best Pet Win!.

Dodge JunctionEdit

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Dodge Junction is an old-western town in the desert, resembling Appleloosa. It is introduced in the episode The Last Roundup. The town's name is a reference to Dodge City, Kansas, a town famous in the United States for its role in the wild frontier of the Old West.

Winsome FallsEdit

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Winsome Falls are composed of multiple rainbow-colored waterfalls. This is the camping destination for Applejack, Apple Bloom, Rarity, Sweetie Belle, Rainbow Dash, and Scootaloo in the episode Sleepless in Ponyville.

Tenochtitlan BasinEdit

The Tenochtitlan Basin is a region located in a remote part of Equestria, mostly marked by trees. It is featured in the episode Daring Don't. Two areas of note here are Daring Do's house and the Fortress of Talicon. The basin shares its name with the ancient Aztec city-state Tenochtitlan.

Rainbow FallsEdit

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An Equestrian village that appeared in the season four episode of the same name. Like Winsome Falls, it mostly consists of rainbow-colored waterfalls, but also has a handful of dwellings and a training course for holding the Equestria Games tryouts. The village holds an annual Traders Exchange as seen in Trade Ya!.

Flame Geyser SwampEdit

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The Flame Geyser Swamp is a foggy swamp with flame geysers featured in Somepony to Watch Over Me. Apple Bloom goes there on her pie delivery and encounters a chimera which Applejack defeats and saves Apple Bloom.

Mentioned regionsEdit

HoofingtonEdit

Hoofington is a village mentioned by Trixie as the site of her alleged battle with an ursa; her story implies the town is near the Everfree Forest. The suffix -ington is derived from old English for "town". The name is quite similar to that of a political news website, The Huffington Post.

FillydelphiaEdit

Fillydelphia is briefly mentioned by Princess Celestia in the episode Swarm of the Century. As an excuse for cancelling her visit to Ponyville, the Princess says she has to go to Fillydelphia in order to deal with an infestation of "incredibly bothersome creatures", presumably parasprites. It is mentioned again in A Friend in Deed as Cranky Doodle Donkey's previous residence. In It's About Time, it is mentioned when Rainbow Dash gives the report that nothing dangerous is coming from Fillydelphia all the way to Las Pegasus. In Hurricane Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash mentions that Fillydelphia broke the tornado wind speed record with a top speed of 910 wingpower. In Apple Family Reunion, Apple Bloom mentions that some of the RSPVs to the family reunion were sent from Fillydelphia, among other cities and locations. Fillydelphia is also mentioned in Games Ponies Play. In Testing Testing 1, 2, 3, Applejack mentions Granny Smith discovering the first granny smith apple here when she was a filly.

Lauren Faust, the show's creator, mentioned in a comment on deviantArt that she wanted to name the main setting of the show Fillydelphia after Philadelphia where her family resides, but ultimately went with Ponyville. The city is also present on the official map.

TrottinghamEdit

Trottingham is mentioned in Stare Master, where Rarity is making 20 gold-lined gowns for ponies there, and later mentioned in Luna Eclipsed as Pipsqueak's previous residence. It is probably a portmanteau of 'Nottingham', an English city, and 'trot', a jogging speed for horses.

Las PegasusEdit

Las Pegasus is mentioned in It's About Time. It is referenced when Rainbow Dash gives the report that nothing dangerous is coming from Fillydelphia all the way to Las Pegasus. The name is a play on Las Vegas according to the episode's writer M.A. Larson.[4] In the original version of the map, it was spelled "Los Pegasus", with an "Applewood" sign placed next to it, which implied a Los Angeles / Hollywood reference. It is present on the April 2013 version of the map under the name "Las Pegasus".

TartarusEdit

Tartarus is a place mentioned in It's About Time. It's a place where evil creatures are held prisoner and guarded by the three-headed dog, Cerberus. Tartarus is from Greek mythology, being a deep dark pit below the underworld where many of the damned are imprisoned.

BaltimareEdit

Baltimare is a city mentioned in It's About Time. It is referenced when Rainbow Dash gave a mini-report that a pegasus just came back from there, and there was no danger. The name is a play on the real life city called Baltimore. It is present on the official map of Equestria.

Saddle ArabiaEdit

Mentioned in the episode Magic Duel, Princess Celestia arrives to Ponyville with two representatives from the region. The name is a play on the real life desert region kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Hollow ShadesEdit

Mentioned in the episode Apple Family Reunion by Apple Bloom while she is rattling off town names. It is present on the official map of Equestria.

Galloping GorgeEdit

Mentioned in the episode Apple Family Reunion by Apple Bloom while she is rattling off town names. It is present on the official map of Equestria.

Foal MountainEdit

Mentioned in the episode Apple Family Reunion by Apple Bloom while she is rattling off town names. It is present on the official map of Equestria.

Tall TaleEdit

Mentioned in the episode Apple Family Reunion by Apple Bloom while she is rattling off town names. It is present on the official map of Equestria.

MustangiaEdit

Mentioned in the episode Games Ponies Play by Ms. Peachbottom. In the episode, she tells Shining Armor that she is "just an ordinary wild mustang from Mustangia".

MaretaniaEdit

Mentioned in the episode Three's A Crowd by Princess Cadance. The "caverns of Maretania" are said to be a place explored by Star Swirl the Bearded. The name is a play on Mauritania.

Other depictionsEdit

MerchandiseEdit

Canterlot is the focus of a toy and merchandise line of the same name. This toy line has a logo featuring Twilight Sparkle and a description reading "CANTERLOT is the royal city in EQUESTRIA and home to PRINCESS CELESTIA. The princess lives in a magical castle. Every pony dreams of visiting CANTERLOT!"

The Crystal Empire is the focus of a toy line of the same name. This toy line has a logo featuring Princess Cadance and a description reading, "Welcome to the CRYSTAL EMPIRE, a magical place full of hidden secrets! The ponies shine and sparkle here!" Crystal Fashion Style Princess Cadance & Shining Armor, one of the toy sets included in this toy line, has an individual description reading, "PRINCESS CADANCE and SHINING ARMOR share a big responsibility! They lead the CRYSTAL EMPIRE together!"[5] The Crystal Princess Ponies Collection, another one of the toy sets included in this toy line, has an individual description reading, "PRINCESS CELESTIA and PRINCESS LUNA believe that PRINCESS CADANCE will bring happiness to the CRYSTAL EMPIRE!"[6] Fluttershy, a single toy to be included in this toy line, has an individual description reading, "FLUTTERSHY has a tea party to make friends with the CRYSTAL EMPIRE ponies—they seem just as shy as her!"[7]

The online store WeLoveFine sells or formerly sold several pieces of officially-licensed fan-designed merchandise that mention Appleloosa, Canterlot, Cloudsdale, Fillydelphia (sometimes spelled as Phillydelphia), Foaledo, Hoofington, Manechester, Manehattan, Ponyville, San Franciscolt, Seaddle, Trottingham and Whinneapolis.

Official map and other placesEdit

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A poster which features an official map of Equestria was released on August 3, 2012.[8] According to the map, Equestria bears a very similar resemblance to North America, having most of the cities like Manehattan and Vanhoover located in the same places as their real-life counterparts.

The following places are present on the official map of Equestria but never featured in any other franchise's medium. from top left – North-West – to bottom right – South-East.

The map is shown in Pinkie Pride during Cheese Sandwich's flashback in Cheese Confesses. A portion of the northwestern area of the map is also shown during Daring Don't.

Promotional materialEdit

A New York Times ad mentions that the ponies who attend the Canterlot wedding in A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2 include residents of Appleloosa, Galloping Gorge, Fillydelphia, and Manehattan.[9]

A poll posted by The Hub's Facebook page focuses on Princess Cadance and Shining Armor choosing between Appleloosa, Galloping Gorge, Fillydelphia, Saddle Arabia and Manehattan as the location of their honeymoon.[10]

The My Little Pony Wedding Quiz section of Hasbro's Pony Wedding microsite describes the Crystal Empire as "cultured".

Comic bookEdit

Comic book issue #1's Cover F shows a signpost with seven signs, including ones for Canterlot, San Flanksisco, Manehattan, Seaddle, Whinnyapolis, and a city.[11]

In 'The Return of Queen Chrysalis Part 2', a full map of the area south of Macintosh Hills is shown at the back of the comic.

SoftwareEdit

The founding of Equestria is described in the iOS app Twilight Sparkle: Teacher for a Day and its Ruckus Reader version Twilight Sparkle's Special Lesson. The Pegasus, unicorn and Earth ponies did not live in harmony, their hearts were cold, and a blizzard overtook their land. Each group of ponies decided to find a new place to live, but they all arrived at the same new place, but the blizzard followed them. The ponies figured out there was only one way to get rid of the blizzard, to treat one another warmly. The unicorns used magic to build Canterlot, and once the city was finished, they invited the Pegasus and Earth ponies to a party, which became a yearly event called the Grand Galloping Gala.

MagazineEdit

In one of the comics in the German magazine, Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, and Spike journey through the Everfree Forest to a land outside of Equestria, where they find a field of barley and spend the evening with a stallion they befriend. The land outside of Equestria is completely different than inside. There are no unicorns or Pegasi, there is no magic, and nature takes care of itself.[12]

StorybooksEdit

The underwater city of Aquastria, ruled by Princess Celestia's sea lion cousin King Leo, appears in the picture book My Little Pony: Under the Sparkling Sea.[13] It is an underwater city populated by seaponies and mermares, as well as other sentient sea creatures; in the book, the main characters visit the kingdom.[14] The seaponies are referred to as "cousins" of the land-based ponies.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. Equestria is called a kingdom on the show and in other media.
  2. Spelled "Manehatten" on the original version of the map, but spelled "Manehattan" on the updated version of the map.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Timeline Photos - My Little Pony España. Facebook (2013-09-27). Retrieved on 2013 December 20.
  2. Interview with Jayson Thiessen 13–14 (2011-09-14). Retrieved on 2012 April 23.
  3. A layout artist regarding a Flash asset in Secret of My Excess. Retrieved on 2012 January 23. Archived locally.
  4. M.A. Larson confirming the reference to Las Vegas (2012-05-24). Retrieved on 2012 May 24. Archived locally.
  5. Crystal Empire FS Cadance and Shining Armor (2012-07-19). Retrieved on 2012 July 20.
  6. New Crystal empire set Finally we know where that Luna came from. (2012-06-28). Retrieved on 2012 June 30.
  7. More Transluscent Ponies on Taobao + a Bit more Crystal Empire. Equestria Daily (2012-09-01). Retrieved on 2012 September 1.
  8. Official Map and Season 2 Cast Picture Show Up. Equestria Daily (2012-08-03). Retrieved on 2012 August 3.
  9. Article image listing Appleloosa, Galloping Gorge, Fillydelphia, and Manehattan
  10. Facebook question listing Appleloosa, Galloping Gorge, Fillydelphia, Saddle Arabia, and Manehattan
  11. Rich Johnston (2012-10-30). Eighteen Of The Nineteen Covers For My Little Pony #1. Bleeding Cool. Retrieved on 2012 October 30.
  12. German MLP magazine comic - Unofficial translation (2011-08-04). Retrieved on 2013 May 9.
  13. My Little Pony: Under the Sparkling Sea. Amazon.com. Retrieved on 2013 February 9.
  14. 'My Little Pony': First Looks at New Books!. Entertainment Weekly (2013-04-02). Retrieved on 2013 April 3.

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