Over several centuries ago, the six Elements of Harmony disappeared, a certain unicorn cast a spell on them while they were meeting in the library. That unicorn was never caught. Some assume that they were murdered and their corpses disposed of. A more likely guess would be that they were sent to some point in the past or future, which would explain why new representatives for the Elements were never found.
As a result, peace was purged from the surface of Equestria. Murders rampant, weapons of mass destruction were used when other options were available. Technology only advanced, and the morality of ponies grew weaker. Until it finally came to a major rebellion force rising up.
The Alliance of Rebels. The UPSN attempt to stop them by wiping them out after a meeting didn't go well. The counter of violence with violence was failing. A year later, a few ponies are recruited, as usual. Joey Subtle, one of them. Only thing exceptional is her cutie mark. But most space marines have something exceptional in the field. But still, they would just go on a few missions and die. She seems no different.
What hope could remain for the ponies of Equestria?