The side of the package of the new Black Series First Order Stormtrooper reveals some pretty cool information about the time and placement of the new First Order Stormtroopers. This might be considered a spoiler to some and the commentary that follows is certainly spoiler-filled.
Shock Troopers clad in white armor first appeared on the Galactic Stage during the opening battles of the Clone Wars. Clone Trooper Armor became iconic almost immediately; Its stark white design stood for hope that peace and stability might be restored to a galaxy at war. But this dream of peace died with the Republic, and the Empire that rose to take its place imposed order by any means necessary. Soldiers within The Grand Army of the Republic were given a new name: Stormtroopers. As these former protectors of galactic peace mercilessly crushed resistance across the galaxy, their white armor came to symbolize oppression and indomitable power of the Emperor’s will. Yet the tyranny of Imperial Rule sparked Rebellion, and the Stormtrooper legions were scattered in the aftermath of the Empire’s fall. Now, the rise of the first order ushers in the next chapter in the Stormtrooper’s legacy as a new era of ruthless brutality begins.
This might explain why a guy like Finn, a good person, joins up with these brutal and ruthless murderers and then defects when he sees what they’re really about on the ground level of things. I find it really fascinating that they’re new and not an evolution that took place over time, but something attempting to restore order during the era in which The Force Awakens takes place.
Thanks to Kevin M. for the heads up!