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A Mixed Blessing by Gray--Day A Mixed Blessing by Gray--Day
:icontwilightswhatplz::iconsays3plz:Wait, there's also a footnote: "In certain circumstances a group of alicorns is also defined as 'OC drama'.":iconsays3eplz:
:iconraritywhatplz::iconsays3plz:That doesn't make any more sense.:iconsays3eplz:



Collective nouns are fun! Isn't the stuff you've just learned from this comic positively mind-boggling? But the wild ride doesn't need to end here. For more see: users.tinyonline.co.uk/gswithe…
Unless you already knew all that, in which case ya'll didn't learn anythin'!

Taking a break from work, so I'm bringing this short bit. A little comment on the upcoming season. How will Equestria ever cope with its multitude of rulers? Let's tune in to find out.

Did I draw something differently? No, no, no-no-no-no, of course not! When have I ever done that? Look at my other comics - each one a spitting image of the next.

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:iconsturmlion1:
Sturmlion1 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
Oligarchy essentially means a chosen few control the whole. Usually because of something special about them like lineage or wealth or in this case wings and a horn.
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:icondeli73123:
deli73123 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Political humor.

Whenever you get it, you feel like a very cynical person.
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:iconfirestar0406:
Firestar0406 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dr.Ocsid = Discord -_-
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:iconenderwolf290:
EnderWolf290 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yay I <3 discord I uh mean...nothing...
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:iconprincesscrystalsnow:
PrincessCrystalSnow Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
gooooooooooooood point!
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:iconflairthedark:
FlairTheDark Featured By Owner Edited Sep 2, 2014  Student Artist
As revealed below we know what an "Oligarchy" is
but better question: how do u even PRONOUNCE that?
whats it sound like? cuz Its not coming out right in my head so I must have the wrong preset for saying it.
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:iconsahasav:
sahasav Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oli  -  like oli part of olive

gar  -  like gar part of cigar

chy  -  pronounced exactly like key


so oligarkey

: D

this probably didnt help 
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:iconflairthedark:
FlairTheDark Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Student Artist
my brain @.@
my pronounciation is getting raped trying to pronounce that
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:iconsahasav:
sahasav Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
still don't get it?

if so just type it in Google translate and click the speaker and it will pronounce it for you.

: D
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:iconflairthedark:
FlairTheDark Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Student Artist
Thanks but I Think I'll leave this mystery be..
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:iconsahasav:
sahasav Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
O_O
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:iconflairthedark:
FlairTheDark Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Student Artist
what? surprised im going to let it lie?
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:iconsahasav:
sahasav Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
FlairTheDark used confusion...

it was super effective!
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marikaefer Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Since you welcome constructive criticism, here's some~
First of all, I like the comic. The joke is nice and you paced it well. A few people already mentioned the ears, which stood out to me es well. I see in your newer works that you've changed the style, however one issue remains - they pretty much look the same from every angle. Whether a pony looks straight at the viewer, is seen in a full or 3/4 profile, the ears' angle doesn't seem to change nearly as much as it should.
For this comic in particular I have one other thing I'd like to mention. "Less is more" - in this case, the closeup of the book's title is fine as a side-gag but could have been left out without really lessening the comic's comedic effect. However, the whole little easteregg with Lyra in the background, instead of having a benificial effect on the comic itself, distracts the reader and makes them digress from the main story, which then ruins the pacing. It actually took me a few moments to really figure out what is happening; in my first reading the floating #1 hand in the 2nd panel made me go o_ô and distracted me from the main joke.

If you were to draw a wide angle view with lots of space visible, such little side stories can be entertaining. It's nice to thoroughly study each panel and find all the little references the artist put in. But in a short, quick joke comic like this, it does more harm than good.
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:iconmasaruten:
masaruten Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
A blessing of unicorns...sounds legit.
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:iconkyoshyu:
Kyoshyu Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Bwahaha! :D
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:iconmlpegasis4898:
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oligarchy! Loool, love Twi and Rarity's face on the last panel! :XD: :XD: :XD:
Hey! I noticed that DR OCSID is DISCO RD spelt backwards! :D :D :D
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:iconderpyflutterdash:
DerpyFlutterDash Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
sorry but... whats "Oligarchy"?
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:iconmlpegasis4898:
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oligarchy is a group of people who controls a country
As we know, all of the alicorns in the show control Equestria
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:iconsahasav:
sahasav Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
its a kind of dictatorship if I'm correct
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:iconderpyflutterdash:
DerpyFlutterDash Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh XD
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:icontiaduet:
TiaDuet Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dr. Ocsid is Discord spelt backwards
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:iconmasterbuscus:
Masterbuscus Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Can someone explain the joke to me cus i dont get it either
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:iconjuniormintotter:
JuniorMintOtter Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An oligarchy is a group of people who run a country. Alicorns are princesses, and all of them rule Equestria.
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:iconkopaleo:
KopaLeo Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
<programming-humor>
If a bunch of ponies is called a "string", then is a single pony called a "char"?
</programming-humor>
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:iconstarshinecelestalis:
StarshineCelestalis Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So ponies are just numbers for the alicorn oligarchy?
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:iconkopaleo:
KopaLeo Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, but the alicorn oligarchy is wise and secure, and memory leaks and segfaults are guaranteed to be recovered from.

Are you implying that alicorn oligarchy is cruel and inefficient and propose a regime change into democracy? I'm seriously tired of meeting those who believe in democracy in Equestria.
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:iconstarshinecelestalis:
StarshineCelestalis Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, I just wanted to find a way to exploit the char↔int conversion in many languages. I guess I was poking at oligarchies in general too. If we were talking about Equestria's unicorn oligarchy, then yes, just get rid of them. The alicorn n-archy (Seriously, how many more princesses do they need?) seem to know what they are doing for the most part, even if they need Twilight et al. to solve all their problems these days.

And now I feel a strong urge to run Equestria in Valgrind...
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:iconkopaleo:
KopaLeo Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
On the subject of n-archy, let's suppose the government is a function that takes R princesses as arguments and outputs a decision, then it would look like
gov (p_1, p_2, ... p_R)
Then it would be an R-arity function (ha ha ha)!
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:iconstarshinecelestalis:
StarshineCelestalis Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I had thought of that...well played.
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:iconjulijulijuliyay:
JuliJuliJuliYay Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha lol thats hilarious
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:icondrakin929:
Drakin929 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Rarity: I didn't know we had a Princess. I thought we were an autonomous collective.

Twilight: You're fooling yourself. We're living in a dictatorship. A self-perpetuating autocracy in which the working classes--

Rarity: Oh there you go, bringing class into it again.

:P
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powerpuffgirl111 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What's wrong with their ears?
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:iconmemy7:
memy7 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Sorry about the cut up comments. Stupid computer.
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:iconmemy7:
memy7 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Like a government.
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:iconmemy7:
memy7 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oligarchy is a small group of leaders
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:iconmemy7:
memy7 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I did my Word Study homework and found out that an
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:iconderptheteletubbie:
DerpTheTeletubbie Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
what the heck is up with their ears?
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:icongray--day:
Gray--Day Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My style was a... work in progress back then. No comment in other words. :/
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:iconderptheteletubbie:
DerpTheTeletubbie Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh ok
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:iconthegraytabby:
TheGrayTabby Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol
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:iconsturmlion1:
Sturmlion1 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Yup, Alicorns=Oligarchy
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:iconlunaisbestpony1:
lunaisbestpony1 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Group of alicorns: FanFiction
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:iconjulijulijuliyay:
JuliJuliJuliYay Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No its, uh, oh, I know, it's a Mary Sue convention!
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:icondsp2003:
dsp2003 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah, it's called Royal Slash... :icontrollestiaplz:
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:iconlunaisbestpony1:
lunaisbestpony1 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Did anyone notice the name on the book? DR.OCSID? Spell it backwards. (DISCORD)
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:iconryuuamcff:
ryuuamcff Featured By Owner Edited Jul 14, 2014
Awww..."Ol' Chopsuey" gets the blame for everything!
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:iconjohng117:
Johng117 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
It's a conspiracy I tell you! A conspiracy!!
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:iconteammates:
teammates Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Student General Artist
HOALY CRAP.YOUR RIGHT:o (Eek) 
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:iconbronytrainman:
Bronytrainman Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
LOL XD
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