Ths is a beatiful pictre Though the style is pretty simple, you reached a breathtaking effect with the light in combination with it's enviroment. i also like that you even added the shadows of all planets, to make even the light look 3dimensional.
"A great conqueror once said: 'There is nothing impossible to him who will try'. With these words, he created the greatest empire of his time across our home planet, and with these words, it is time we launch our conquest!
The universe is OURS, ripe for the taking! World by world we will carve out our empire, reach new heights that we had never thought possible! We shall bring harmony and peace to distant lands that had never, and extend our union to distant peoples who may be so different as being unimaginable! United together, with all our knowledge, with all our sweat and blood, no obstacles cannot be overcome, no goal is beyond our reach. Our will is one that spans the galaxy, as would our domain!
No mind could even begin to comprehend the magnitude of our endevours, the sacrifices that would be needed, the hardship that we would endure. There's no guarantee that we would even live to see the ending of the conquests, perhaps generations hence. But no poem, book or holo-text would ever be able to record all the glories that we would achieve while we live, and all of our TRIUMPHS!
Perhaps ten thousand years hence, our descendants shall look upon the legacy we left behind upon the stellar ways, and they with envy and nostalgia in their hearts, shall wish they had stood with us! Let us set forth our star fleets and tech-legions! For today, and all the days after, is ours for all time!"
--- Novus Maximus, founder and first Emperor of the Harmonion Hegemony, the united star nation of ponies, griffons and other races of planet Harmony, dominant galactic empire of the Concordia Galaxy, Year 7894 RE.
"The Harmonian Hegemony has, consistently and enthusiastically, employed a belligerent policy of expansionism that borders on jingoism of the worst kind. Sentient races of almost every technology level have either been enveloped in the Hegemony's sphere of influence, in many cases reduced to so-called "Protectorate Status"--in reality little more than puppet states--or invaded and conquered at the first sign of hostility.
They call this Harmony?
We are powers that can hold their own against the Hegemony, and for have spoken out against its actions we have found our trade undercut by tariffs that go beyond simple protectionism. We have found our colonization efforts stymied by Hegemony muckrakers and holo-news throwing out claims of 'abuse' of native populations and getting peaceful expansion bogged down in investigations and petty politics. All while they continue their own aggressive expansion and exploitation of whatever, whoever, and wherever they can find.
They call this Peace?
This will not stand. Such a flagrant disregard for galactic sovereignty and the balance of power can no longer go unaddressed. It is time to make our message clear: The Harmonian Hegemony's belligerent expansionism will not be tolerated by the galactic community, nor will their allies' tolerance of it.
We have to stop this, before they look for more...substantial targets."
--- High Admiral William Evans, Supreme Commander of the Earth Federation Stellar Navy, in a speech to the United Galaxy Security Council on forming a multi-species coalition to ward off the Hegemony's expansion efforts; August 8, 2561.
"Our founder Novus made it our mission to spread Harmony and peace across the galaxy, but can we truly call ourselves their arbiters? How many of our own virtues had we broken or corrupted in our pursuit of Empire?
Where we plundered worlds for resources, we called it generosity. Where we butchered enemies without mercy, we called it kindness. When we oppressed entire races in miserable exploitation, we called it laughter. Where we betrayed our allies for gain, we called it loyalty. Where we usurp neighbours under false titles, we called it honesty.
When we made entire worlds barren wastelands with our starships and yet called it peace, is it a wonder then that we had lost touch with the magic of the Elements Centuries ago, and Windigoes and Nightmares now haunt every corner of our galactic domain ?"
--- Tacitus the Dragon, philosopher, historian and satirist, following the Fifth Terran-Harmonion War, Hegemony 10235 RE / Terra 2703 CE
"Achtung! This is Borealis Trident Mir Sparkler-Honeymoon of the (Static)! You and the Hegemony are causing deliberating attacks on each other and I'd like to have both of your interstellar empires taken down! You all were in violation of attacking peaceful space! Surrender now and your lives will be spared. We will take custody of of your ships and whatever spoils you garnered from this galaxy."
--- Borealis Trident Mir Sparkler-Honeymoon, member of an unknown group.