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Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorship

Postby Diamond Charm » Fri May 13, 2011 7:02 pm

In town square, Diamond Charm stands atop a stage, which is elaborately draped in glittering ribbons and decorated with fragrant flowers. She waits briefly for ponies to start gathering for her conference. Finally, she begins, "Hello, one and all, and thank you for the opportunity to hold yet another public forum in your fine village! Foalton county is a rich territory with excellent resources, green pastures, and economic success. This does not even begin to explain what makes this county so special, however. What sets Foalton county apart from the rest of Equestria is the culture - the very ponies that built this region into what it is today have done an exceptional job making sure that there is opportunity for everypony, and that the region remains a safe and friendly place for all.

It saddens me to hear that there are those that seek to overthrow the fundamental traits that make this such a beautiful location. Pegasi have long been equals to the rest of ponykind. Everypony has a purpose, and our winged brethren bring to us unique skills - without them, there would be no maintaining weather, and the southern birds would not know when it is time to come home. There are those, however, that would seek to restrict their movements. To hay with that!

Someponies enjoy using the roads. They stop to smell the flowers, to eat the flowers. To take in the landscape. There are those, though, that would have the roads deteriorate while they and their wealthy friends fly in complicated machines over the things that make Foalton so wonderful, while making traversing the countryside harder for the rest of us. To hay with that!

Someponies seek to enable us to completely change our own history. Time travel? The notion frightens me, and the researching of this would undoubtedly cost the residents of Foalton county dearly, and please mind, I do NOT refer only to monetary costs.

Fillies and Gentlecolts, I do not seek to overturn what you hold dear, I seek to expand upon it. If elected, I do not propose to spend exorbitant quantities of your hard earned bits, I instead offer a modest program which would assist less fortunate ponies to afford quality designer businesswear and help them to afford spa treatments which will help them keep clean and healthy. I have always felt that a pony who looks and feels good about themselves is a successful pony."

Diamond Charm looks out into the crowd, searching for Scraggly.

"I think I've marketed myself enough though. Questions, please, and there is no topic that is off limits!"
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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Masterweaver » Fri May 13, 2011 7:25 pm

Swirly Mists, grinning in the back of the crowd, decided that now was a perfect time to strike. "I have a question! What's your view on arson?" Without even waiting, she whispered through the assemblage faster than the eye could follow.

Heh. Yes... stir the proceedings.
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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Diamond Charm » Fri May 13, 2011 7:46 pm

Diamond droops her jaw for a moment and shakes her head, "Why would you ask that? I suppose... I did say that no topic is off limits? As somepony who enjoys her property remaining intact, I view arson in a poor light, and anypony found guilty of committing arson should pay reparations for the act, not to mention they should receive training to become productive members of society, or therapy to help them realize that burning others' property is wrong. Next question, please?
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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Sleepy Mix » Sat May 14, 2011 6:33 am

Sleepy Mix raises a hoof, "I have a question aswell, what do you plan to do if a zombie apocalypse would occur?" A serious look on his face.
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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Diamond Charm » Sat May 14, 2011 7:16 am

Diamond Charm sighs and lowers her head. She looks out to the crowd with a look of disappointment, and slight embarrassment, "I am taking my gallop at governorship seriously, and I had hoped that the good ponies of ponyville would as well. Next qu..." watches Sleepy Mix's expression closely for a moment and rethinks her course of action with another sigh.

Taking on a serious tone, laced with the slightest hint of disdain, she responds to the question, "In the highly unlikely event of a zombie APOCALYPSE, there is likely nothing we can do. However, let us understand that there must be an epidemic before it reaches apocalyptic levels. So, rephrasing the question to what we should do in the HIGHLY UNLIKELY event of a zombie epidemic? I guess I would have everypony barricade themselves inside their homes and arm themselves while they wait for word from Celestia's guard. I don't really know too much about such things, though, seeing as I don't recall such a thing happening... ever? HOWEVER, should the good ponies of Foalton county see it fit and show enough interest, I would look into taking on an adviser for supernatural securities. Next question?"
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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Sleepy Mix » Sat May 14, 2011 7:35 am

Sleepy Mix gives Diamond a beaming smile before raising a hoof again, "What are your oppinions on the other candidates? Are they the reason you want to become the new governor?"

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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Masterweaver » Sat May 14, 2011 8:07 am

((Oh don't worry, she's just being technical. Zombie Apocalypse is the popular term.))

Swirly Mists raised her hoof from the other side of the room. "Will you demolish Everfree Forest?"
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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Diamond Charm » Sat May 14, 2011 10:03 am

((What Masterweaver said, you're completely fine. Zombie Apocalypse is the terminology I use Out Of Character too, but Diamond Charm is a nitpick. I never would have guessed English wasn't your first language, you type very eloquently.))

Diamond Charm smiles happily. Finally, a real question! "I hold my opponents in high regards, even if I strongly disagree with their ideas and methods. I fear that some of the measures they propose will be more of a hindrance than a boon to the good ponies of Foalton, and their unique views did play a strong role in my decision to run. In particularly high regards I hold Soul Spinner, as she seems like a mare who understands the need for patience and confidence in one's subjects. I also think---" She stops dead at the new question from the EVIL, EVIL pony in the back of the audience.

"Where did you..." Diamond Charm pauses, pressure building in her throat, tears threatening to fall from her eyes. Why was nopony taking her seriously? Why did everypony want to make a mockery of something that she was honestly making an effort to learn? No, she wasn't a politician, but her book smarts and social skills have very practical applications in this kind of a field... Don't they?

Diamond shakes her head, starting to feel ill as paranoia builds, "I also THINK that the other candidates... Graffheart and... um, Octavia, would bring to the table valuable ideas, regardless of my opinions of their policies."

She tries to rebuild her pace, holding her head high and speaking strongly again, but her speaking seems somewhat more stiff than before, "As for... what was it you said? Demolishing the Everfree forest? I fear that as the governor of Foalton county, the forest would lie somewhat outside my jurisdiction, now wouldn't it? If it were up to me, however, I would engage in an expansive beautification project so that the residents of the forest might find themselves less savage and more amicable toward peaceful relations with Equestrians, and if you're GOING to try to make a mockery of my gallop for governorship, I think you shall stand quite disappointed. Next. question. PLEASE!"
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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Sleepy Mix » Sat May 14, 2011 10:33 am

Sleepy Mix saw Diamond Charm was fighting back tears when the mare at the back asked that question. He began moving slowly towards that mare while asking another question. "Are there any laws you want to apply or change if you are elected governor?"

((just noticed the title of this thread has added alliterative appeal. was this on purpose?))
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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Diamond Charm » Sat May 14, 2011 10:57 am

Diamond Charm, still upset by the series of nonsensical questions from the mysterious mare, responds stiffly again, "Foalton county is a county that has taken care of itself quite well for many years with little in the way of negative events. I would like to see the regulations that are regularly enforced continue to be enforced, the policies that we as a community no longer enforce or need enforced to be dissolved, and in favor of freedom and prosperity, I would seek to limit the number of new laws and restrictions to a need basis - in other words, I think that the law books are looking a tad thick in recent years, and could use some pruning.

((Indeed, it is indicative of the inherent insipid inventiveness Diamond Charm inserts into her industry.))
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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Sleepy Mix » Sat May 14, 2011 11:09 am

"YOU ROCK, WOOHOO!!" Sleepy Mix cheered trying to boost Diamonds self-confidence, he was now standing right next to Swirly Mists.
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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Masterweaver » Sat May 14, 2011 12:22 pm

"Certain quarters believe that the current habitation of Diamond Dogs in our gem mines to be detrimental to our economy as a whole. What solutions would you propose?"

Swirly lowered her voice to a whisper, eying Sleepy. "If you so much as lay a hoof on my flank I will sue you for public assault."

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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Diamond Charm » Sat May 14, 2011 12:42 pm

Diamond Charm smiles at the cheer - at least somepony thinks she's doing well, even if her last response WAS almost all glittering generality. However, pressure builds in Diamond Charm's throat upon hearing Swirly's voice again. She breathes deeply upon hearing the rather innocuous question, and lets out a relieved sigh, "Oh! The problem with Diamond Dogs is one that I am relatively unfamiliar with. I regret to say that mining policy is not something I understand all too well. I have heard that someponies have been having trouble when mining due to attacks from these vagrants, but I am unfamiliar with whether or not any diplomatic actions have been taken, how long they have been mining in the region (If they've been there for several generations, they likely feel as though they have a legitimate claim to the land), and the extent to which they colonize the areas abundant in rare minerals. Due to these oversights, I cannot comment much further than to say that I would like to seek a peaceful resolution with these beings and am willing to call in royal assistance to deal with their sometimes violent antics if necessary."
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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Sleepy Mix » Sat May 14, 2011 1:33 pm

Sleepy Mix raised another hoof. "Have you heard about the parasprite attack here in Ponyville? Ponyville isn't the only town that has suffered under a parasprite attack, Fillydelphia for example suffered a similar attack. These parasprites can devour a towns whole food supply in a matter of hours. Do you plan on doing something about this treat?" Sleepy Mix asked before turning back to the mare next to him. "Don't worry I wouldn't dare lay a hoof on your flank, I just came here out of curiosity." He gave her a warm smile.

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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Diamond Charm » Sun May 15, 2011 6:04 am

Diamond Charm stands looking out at her audience thoughtfully for a moment. She gives Sleepy a critical look and gives a response, "everypony... had heard about what happened in Fillydelphia. I don't think anypony has heard about the infestation on Ponyville, and believe me, because of the seriousness of this story, I followed it diligently- There were rumors that another town had problems, but nothing specific. I had heard that the Princess had moderate success in driving the creatures out of Fillydelphia, did she come to the aid of Ponyville as well? What methods did they use? I couldn't get any useful information out of the news updates. We did receive some general purpose preventative techniques, so all I know is not to feed the parasprite."
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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Sleepy Mix » Sun May 15, 2011 7:48 am

((Oh yeah, I forgot that only Ponyvillians know about the parasprite attack.))

"Can I ask a question that doesn't have to do with government? What do you think about the fact there are only 2 persons asking all the questions?" He asked Diamond.
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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Masterweaver » Sun May 15, 2011 12:54 pm

"You can't blame her for that," Swirly commented, rolling her eyes. "The primary candidates are quite aggressive."
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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Sleepy Mix » Sun May 15, 2011 1:18 pm

"I was just curious of what she thought about it, I didn't mean to sound as if I blamed her." Sleepy Mix said to The mare next to him. "By the way my name is Sleepy Mix, can I ask you your name?"

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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Diamond Charm » Sun May 15, 2011 3:48 pm

Diamond Charm gives a slight bow, "Well, dear, I DID say no topic was off limits. I will be honest, this is a bit disconcerting, I didn't expect for my public conference to be a public interview instead. As such, love me or hate me, I will be depending on those of you who came here today to spread word of my campaign by word of mouth - Just if you don't approve of my ideas I ask that you at least present them honestly! As the gentlecolt in the back pointed out, however, this event is open to the public. Is there anypony else out there with a question? Anypony at all? Your silence may just have to be taken as approval if nothing is said!"

She forces a laugh, not really believing what she just said.
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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Sandy_Rivers » Mon May 16, 2011 9:21 am

Sandy had been staying quiet in the back thus far but she was really starting to feel bad for the pony up on the podium. Diamond had already shown herself to be a candidate that Sandy would be interested in but the crowd was anything but generous to her. Sandy decided to help the poor pony out. Lifting a hoof, she said quite politely,

"As of late, Foalton County has been seeing a strong and steady increase in population. More and more ponies are seeing this county as a good place to live. If elected, how would you approach development to accomodate this growth while still attracting new ponies to our county?"
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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Diamond Charm » Mon May 16, 2011 12:30 pm

Charm's eyes light up at the realization that somepony new had asked a question. She pauses and thinks hard. "It makes sense that when there is growth, there needs to be a way to accommodate this growth. Foalton county is fortunate to be graced with plenty of healthy, flat land for expansion, and as of yet food seems to be plentiful. To ensure that this remains so, I would work with analysts to ensure that our resources will hold out, and if necessary, I would allot stipends to small-time farmers to allow for expansion of their businesses. This in turn would allow farmers to hire more newcomers to do... farm things... Planting the plants, tending the fields, what have you. Unfortunately, In order to see Foalton remain the wonderfully diverse place it is, with all sorts of environments to enjoy, I would seek to prevent deforestation of the Whitetail woods by preventing lumberponies from cutting down the oldest trees and having them plant new trees where they have worked.
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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Colonel Graffheart » Wed May 18, 2011 7:39 pm

Graffheart walks up, "So, what is your political stance, then? And how about your opinion on the reign of the Princesses? As you said, no topic is off limits so... Which Princess do you prefer?
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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Diamond Charm » Wed May 18, 2011 8:23 pm

Diamond Charm smiles, "A challenger approaches! Well, you may be displeased to hear that you are NOT the first to try to rain on my parade, and you're much less successful at it than your predecessor. For your first question, I stand quite fine on my own four hooves without other ponies telling me what to think - an approach I wish all politicians would take." She looks at Graffheart slyly, watching for a reaction.

"I think the reign of the princesses makes sense - They control whether or not we have a proper day and night cycle, and we reap the benefits. They have lived eons longer than any of us common ponies, and have the experience, wisdom, and wit to have guided Equestria through the years as peacefully as possible. As for favorites... Well, I honestly don't know that much about Luna, she's only just returned to Equestria, and not even the best gossips have been able to find out anything solid about her. Celestia has led this land gracefully and peacefully for my entire life. Until I know more about her sister... I can't say that it's a difficult choice to make. Our beauteous Celestia is the gentle-hearted princess that maintains the days that I so gratefully enjoy."

She stops and smiles thoughtfully, a glimmer of triumph showing in her eyes, "I hope that straightens out any questions, discord free?"
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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Masterweaver » Thu May 19, 2011 4:12 am

"Do you follow Scientology?"
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Re: Diamond's Gallant Governmental Gathering for Governorshi

Postby Chell » Thu May 19, 2011 4:41 am

A young pony in the back, whose actual identity doesn't really matter, spoke up at about the same time as the pony who asked about scientology. "Excuse me, Miss Charm? We've definitely had one incident involving a dragon in recent months, and rumors abound of at *least* one more dragon residing as closely as the Everfree Forest. Whst are your thoughts on the subject? Could this be an organized movement of dragonkind against us? If not, why do you think that? If so, what are you planning to do about it?"
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