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One day, for seemingly no reason, every person on earth vanished. The beings left behind weren't people anymore, they were ponies. Left to wander, they were forced to scavenge to survive, dodging wild animals and starvation in the rotting carcass of industrial society. In time the buildings would turn to rot, the cars to rust, and the roads to forest. In time, new cities would form, gathered from the former-humans of old earth.

How will they survive in a world after people?

The Ponies After People group is dedicated to stories and conversation spawned by the story "The Last Pony on Earth." It is meant to be a central location for all stories set in that universe.

Those who want to add a story to this group may be interested in checking out this thread with all the canon information for the universe. This thread may contain spoilers for the original story, so make sure you read it first.

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Alicorn Bat Pony Spotted in Ponyville Mysteries Book

Sethisto wrote: “With lesbian aunts already making a splash over in the Ponyville Mysteries world, it's no big surprise that they are bringing on more for us to ponder. Buried within its pages during a scene in "Trotsylvania", a giant fountain showing off a rearing alicorn with bat wings is spotted.”

The web article can be found here.

Alicorn Bat Pony Spotted in Ponyville Mysteries Book by Sethisto

I’d love to see an Alicorn Bat Pony in the “Ponies After People” universe, especially if he or she becomes an Element bearer.

Good! 7@=e

I am tentatively setting my story a couple of centuries AE. The technology on the East Coast is pretty much at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution: a few advances in the urban areas, with an agrarian society surrounding them. Some magical expertise fills in certain gaps: the rest is sheer persistence.

I do not have an overarching plan for this story, but will take it as it comes: however, I have planted a couple pieces of foreshadowing that I hope to develop later on. 7@=e

I don't think a universal timeline of all stories exists. I have timelines for the main series (vague, with heavy spoilers).
General timeline of eras and such: http://poniesafterpeople.pbworks.com/w/page/97837594/Timeline

Specific timeline with tons of spoilers for things that haven't even been written yet: https://www.lucidchart.com/publicSegments/view/0fd02518-25e6-4b95-b235-6cdeaaed82ca/image.png

Thanks! 7@=e

As I mentioned, I went with a more specific, species-related title, which may be of some use later on.

It would still be good to have a general timeline of events in the universe, so that we could coordinate our stories.

The books are talked about in this chapter, though I don't know if I ever game them a title.


Edit, found it. “Refugee Survival Guide.”

Query: I am trying to write my first story in this universe, and would appreciate a general timeline of major events.

Also: what was the title of the booklet generally given to new arrivals, and how long did the custom continue?

Thanks. 7@=e

Edit, 3/29/18: I have submitted the first chapter of my story, and am working on the second. I decided to make the booklet more specific to the character's species, in the absence of any other information (i.e.: scrolled frantically through the stories, and never found what I was looking for).

Is this a nod to the "Life After People" series that aired on the History channel?

Don't forget the seatbelt he pulled out when flying on Twilight.

I think it's mostly used as a convenience and sight gag, though you do raise a great point with it possibly being some form of magic native to the sapient characters.

Dragonfire breath does suggest it can worth that way and we've seen Twilight pop notepads and scrolls into existence frequently, seemingly at will.

We also know that levitation is NOT unique to unicorns so it is ~possible~ that other magic/spells can be affected by ponies and other races.

It does open up the question of how much is tied to 'magic' vs how much is tied to the IDEA of what magic can do. <shrugs> What if the only reason Pinkie can pull off her stunts is because others have stopped telling her she can't and now she no longer doubts herself into not being able to?

Hammerspace in our stories

Why is there just one story that I’m aware of that features hammerspace? After all, we see it used so much in the cannon television series that the Ponies After People universe is based upon. Hammerspace would make our character lives easier, as they can carry their things, such as money, while being nude. This ability also keeps their things safe from theft.

Hammerspace / Western Animation

My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic:

• It frequently features the use of hammerspace by ponies, but mostly in small ways. Pinkie Pie, however, very frequently produces things out of Hammerspace, though Rarity has a slight tendency towards it, especially with her drama couch (for her to fall on; pulled on from just offscreen) in Lesson Zero. Spike occasionally digs around in his pockets for some items, even though he doesn't wear clothes, and in one instance pulls an umbrella out of nowhere after melting a massive hunk of ice.

• Spike also has a justified example with his dragon breath. It's normally used to send messages to and from Princess Celestia, but in Spike At Your Service he uses it to produce his "Spike The Dragon Code" card. Whether he's actively able to store items or merely brought it from elsewhere is never addressed, but it's used as this all the same.

I gotta agree with most, if not all, of what you said. Although, there is one thing I think would be different. I think that, in addition to rebuilding society, people would want to try to keep some of the 21st century technology and modern comforts of their time intact or rebuild them. So I think that, while some types of innovations and technologies might be forced to revert back to a low-tech, easier to make and higher endurance version of themselves (like radios), many forms of tech would likely either be maintained or perserved/quickly brought back when able.

Some things will be near impossible to bring back for a long time, like today's internet or the vase expanses of highly-used, maintained highways, but it can be possible. I may not know much about computers, but I think that local networks can be made if connected up with several computers, and with maybe a few favors from the HPI, a rough national network could be made using pre or post-event satellites. Automated industries could be restored, and scrap materials and electronics could be used to create products. Factories and power plants could be reactivated (having been deactivated due to a mixture of no human maintenance, automated shutdown programs, and the Equestrian spell which stabilized technology (described in Chapter 43 of the "Last pony on Earth" story).

I would like a rebirth of a nation. A story where the USA's rebuilt after the Event.:raritywink:

My Ponies after People essay.

“We came to America, either ourselves or in the persons of our ancestors, to better the ideals of men, to make them see finer things than they had seen before, to get rid of the things that divide and to make sure of the things that unite.”
- Woodrow Wilson

To celebrate the premiere of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season Seven, I wrote this essay about the American civilization in the Ponies after People universe. Starscribe and other talented writers have created a series of extremely detailed and highly entertaining fan stories. Many of these excellent stories are as enjoyable and thought-provoking entertainment as the official TV series or comic series.

However, the lack of effort to rebuild the American society or even individuals acknowledging that they are American citizens is an oversight that should be corrected. After all, there is nothing so far that’s described in the main story that is preventing the returnees and their descendants to rebuild their American society or any other nation in the Ponies after People universe.

In the first hundred years, most returnee communities are less than one hundred citizens and half of those are foals. However, imagine that three hundred years after the Event, the American returnees, native-born citizens and immigrants, combined with their foal descendants would now have a sufficient population base in North America to attempt to restart their American society. No longer worrying about basic survival, I can’t imagine that most American returnees would give up, without struggle, decades of loyalty and building their self-identities as American citizens.

For millions of Americans, being an American citizen is a defining characteristic of who they are as individuals and as belonging to something far greater than themselves and their everyday lives. They take their oath of the United States pledge of allegiance as an important part in how they think and how they act. These people have American nationalism and/or American patriotism.



I wonder why these humans turned into ponies and their pony offspring would attempt to create new societies from scratch, when it would be much easier to rebuild the existing American society. Most Americans would not want their American society to separate into dozens of independent city states that in turn would inhibit social cohesion, military security, and economic growth. Also, without the social cohesion of being American citizens, ponies could break into three separate tribes as described in the episode, “Hearth's Warming Eve”.

I have at least ten members of my family that have served in the American Armed Forces from the American Civil War to the Gulf War. They knew that America could be knocked back, but never knocked out. I would not dishonor their sacrifices by giving up on my American society.

Also, as someone who campaigns for political candidates, talks to politicians, and votes in every election; I imagine that if I become a pony in this universe that I would remember that I’m still an American citizen and then work at America’s restoration, revised as a multiple species society.

Imagine that you became a pony in this universe. Would you suddenly forget all about being a citizen of your homeland or would you work to restore your nation? In other words, drink from you own creative wellspring. Ask yourself how you would react to being a pony in a world with few intelligent, talking individuals. Then, put those answers into your Ponies after People fan fiction.

But, you might ask, would there be sufficient returnees and natural-born ponies at any given time to restart their American society. My answer to that is the Nimitz Class aircraft carriers that have more than 6,000 personnel; while some cruise ships have between five hundred and six thousand passengers, not including crew. All these returnees would not give up on their American society and accept being part of one of many post-Event created, city-states.

Imagine the conflicts when the three pony species and other speaking species decide to rebuild America: First would be rebuilding at the city or county level, then rebuilding the states, and then rebuilding at the national level. For additional fun, fans of Ponies after People stories would create original characters and then have them run for city, state, and national political offices, including the offices of President and Vice-President.

What about returnee politicians attempting to win back their political careers? Imagine the fun of post-Event pony American presidential candidates attempting to court individual species, such as the Earth Pony vote.

How many citizens do you need to recreate a state government? Four of the original 13 British, American colonies had colonial populations in the low five digits and still had functioning state governments using only the most basic communications tools.

The 13 Colonies by British colonial population in 1770

1. Virginia 447,016
2. Pennsylvania 240,057
3. Massachusetts 235,808
4. Maryland 202,599
5. North Carolina 197,200
6. Connecticut 183,881
7. New York 162,920
8. South Carolina 124,244
9. New Jersey 117,431
10. Rhode Island 58,196
11. New Hampshire 62,396
12. Delaware 35,496
13. Georgia 23,375


If the state of Georgia with a population of just 23,375 citizens could have a functioning state government in 1770, there is no reason why transformed citizens could not rebuild their states with far fewer people than existed in 2015.

A strong and united America would balance the economic and military powers of more human populated nations. For example, China would use their 1.3 billion citizens or India with their 1.3 billion citizens to rebuild their nations with returnees and their offspring at a much faster rate than America could with far fewer citizens. Moreover, the more citizens a nation has creates more of the magic of friendship that in turn creates an energy pool that determines how many princesses a nation can bring to into existence. For example, in the cannon Equestrian nation, the overall amount of friendship is increasing and therefore the number of Equestrian princesses has increased from two to five.

Only a national United States government could revive networks of simple, 20th Century communications technology such as Teleprinter and Wirephoto machines. Or maintain a basic transportation infrastructure of roads, railroads, canals, and airports. Or, maintain national armed forces, a common currency, or a set of common laws for economic growth.



Rebuilding the American society would happen in conjunction with other worthwhile projects, such as the party ponies rebuilding the United Service Organizations Inc. (USO Show) to uplift any returnees and anyone else who needs cheering up.

Imagine having the portraits of famous individual ponies and other species printed on future paper money and coins? What about a pony version of Uncle Sam or Columbia?



How would you organize a rebuilt American nation? With a radio network based upon basic radio technology. I can imagine a network of high powered radio transmitters, while most civilians would have either crystal radio sets or batteryless radios. And, with every vehicle that come back from the time stream provides radio enthusiasts with parts to create a makeshift radio network.



Ponies that travel for a living would have citizens band radios based on batteryless radios, perhaps crystal radio sets powered by Equestrian magic grown gemstones. Come to think of it, Equestrian gemstones appear to grow like mushrooms as suggested in the opening scene of the “Gauntlet of Fire” episode. If Equestrian magic has come to the once human world, why not have Equestrian gemstones grow in the ground as well?

In conclusion, there are numerous, logical reasons why returnees and natural-born ponies would at least attempt to restart my American history and heritage. From my perspective, the Fourth of July holiday is more than a day off from work, a family picnic, and seeing the twilight fireworks display. That day reminds me of the birthday of our nation, the memory of those who wrote the American Declaration of Independence as well as the hard-won freedoms that I’ve enjoyed as an American citizen. I would not give all that up if I woke up one day as a pony.

Hey everypony! So im up to date on the main story series, and i itching for more PAP action. What side-fics would you guys recommend?

Yeah, but those are rather iffy fics. To be honest, considering all the facts, start out a story so far into the future might render it non-canon due to events that take place at earlier times. I'm not saying it can't be done, but that doing such things are ill-advised.

405583 Hey, there are stories where it's 10,000-30,000 off already

That'd have to wait awhile.... a long while.

can I through an idea out to anyone who ever wants to use it cus I can write a dam
if this is not in use

someone waking up in the far future as one of the last poines to "wake" up confused of a future with ponies and high tec

Something I need to know.

If I wound up as a Changeling Queen, would I be able to shapechange into a human?

Though I'd probably be stuck as a female instead of shapechanging back into a male.

While I have only just joined the group, and have looked over acceptable canon, I'd like a bit more information, if that is at all possible. PM me of you're willing to lend a hand.

If anyone needs help getting a Ponies After People story through moderation or simply someone to edit/proofread one of their chapters, I'm available. (Even if this comment says posted 10 weeks ago). Edit: but maybe not if it's getting on for a year or more.

Also, I know this is a bit late but...

Over 100 members. Yay. :yay:

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