"One of the best ways to defeat your enemy... is to divide and conquer them, to drive them to fight and exhaust themselves in petty struggle until they are too weakened to resist you. A fortress well divided cannot even stand on their own, much less against a siege."
--- Commander Hurricane, Early Classical Equestrian Era.
"Our city came apart at the seams--guilds fought over gold and contracts, every petty noble's personal guard clashed over family squabbles, and our placcid minorities of ponies rose up in riot. It was pure chaos; anarchy incarnate.
In the end, we didn't *surrender* the city to the Equestrians, we pleaded for their aid before we were burned to the ground from within; allowed them to annex us simply for security.
And even then, we ALL knew that the divisions, the infighting...they were all orchestrated by our 'benevolent and merciful' conquerors. 'Divide and Conquer' was their game. And we lost."
--- Diary of Duke Swiftclaw, Griffon governor of the city-state of Freeport (renamed Vanhoofer) after its fall; ca. 976 LCEE (Late Classical Equestrian Era).