Ah, well it would be wrong not to respond to this wouldn't it?
Child soldiers, or using any form of forced child labour, is still a major issue in the world today, and is an extremely dark and horrible subject. Any nation using their children in such a manner would be crossing some sort of moral event horizon and is only brought up in the most serious of cases.
Throwing it in here showed a complete lack of tact on my part, a result of desensitizing myself to the issue by reading far too much about it. As someone who has researched about the topic, I should have been the one to have known that this was probably unsuitable for RP. I screwed up there.
Despite the protests, I felt that something can be made from all of this. Foals, eager yet ignorant, clashing against reasonable authority figures who know they shouldn't be there. I was thinking most of the interaction would be between the actual soldiers and the sacrificial lambs, so to speak, so I was thrown for a loop when Indigo outright threatened the bus driver. In hindsight, I should have expected that, but...
So I had to piece together a reason of why a nation would use child soldiers. To try and justify such a horrible act, is quite simply, impossible to do in the calmest and most rational of circumstances, plus I had to do it from the point of view of a pony I hadn't really thought about, etc. I knew for that the a bus full of foals to used as soldiers things had to be completely and utterly dire. Hell, even Hitler didn't formally use his Youth as official soldiers until his entire operation began to go belly up.
So I posted the blathering of a fool, completely changing the game to someone who would take everything seriously. A extremely stupid decision on my part, as bringing in child soldiers meant everything would be taken seriously. Simply put, there was no way child soldiers would fit anywhere in the AU Indigo envisioned and that led to things falling apart.
What I am basically saying here is that the child soldiers were a horrible idea and that I should have not done that.
However, what got me angered was the fact that while I was dinnering, Indigo pops up in the chatbox, talks shit about me, then signs off. So when I signed back in, I got a really rude shock which ruined the evening. There are factors to be taken into consideration, though, like the fact this was a shaky topic to begin with.
So before I get too rambly and boring I say this; Indigo, I accept your apology and apologize in turn for the complete lack of tact I displayed in that thread.
If anything is to be learned from this, it's that communication is important in this forum. If any of you has a problem with anything, it needs to be talked out, before shit hits fan.
Now, back to Equestria.