[Subject matter might seem a little dark, though not explicit. You've been warned!]
People, I come to you all with a plead for advice for a problem.
You see, I've been delving into gathering a few facts or making suggestions for the lore section, and I intend to add to as many of the empty ones as I can during my free time. But I'll eventually get around to the Crystal Empire, and, well...
I think Cadence is secretly evil!
Here is my reasoning for this:
The Crystal Empire, what I'm assuming is a separate nation from Equestria, appears again in the north after a thousand years of being gone. The crystal ponies can hardly remember anything about themselves and seem stuck with a depressive state of mind. At this time, Cadence seems in control of the country.
How did this happen? Since she was around since Twilight was little, isn't she then an Equestrian, not a crystal pony? Was leadership just assumed by a foreign power, or was there a vote posed on a confused and indefinitely unhappy population?
The solution to the crystal ponies' unhappiness is apparently the crystal heart, and is eventually recovered and activated making them all happy again. After that, I don't think I've ever seen many... well... not happy. I realize I'm stepping into some dark territory here, but shouldn't research to find a more direct cure to the depression-laden condition which all crystal ponies seem to have had before the Crystal Heart be carried out? A single stone affecting the moods of an entire populace (species?) is just a tad unnerving, not to mention unstable. If the Crystal Heart even breaks, what happens?
I do digress somewhat though, in that ponies in general seem to be overly social, typically content creatures. And that life in Equestria is backwards from real life, in a lot of ways...
But lastly, Cadence also has the capability to make ponies fall in love. How does she know which ponies are couples? And even if she knew who is in a relationship and if that relationship is having problems, is it morally right for her to alter their emotions like that?
I know she isn't the only one in FiM to have used magic to alter one's mood (or even direct mind control in some other ponies' cases), but what seems to be the misuse of magic as well as an unexplained rise to power are just a little unsettling.
I'd like to write as positive of a response to the Crystal Empire's lore as possible when I get around to it, and honestly like her character in every other way. I'd prefer not keep this sneaking suspicion she became an empress over the small country through subterfuge and other unethical means.
Can you guys help me see her from a more positive point of view?