sephirose said: My own vision of pre-war Cybertron had strict reproduction limits: you can only bond/breed with someone not only in your caste, but someone who shares your alt-mode. And even then you had to go through a screening process for both a bonding ceremony and to have a child.
I can see this, yeah - especially with the whole “functionally immortal” problem.
Would the screening process be easier or harder depending on caste - like, would upper-caste mecha be able to cruise through? Or would lower-caste mecha be more likely to pass, since the government would want more labourers/disposables?
Allow me to explain,puppy.
The Senate/Guild says they operate on a fair system, and to play Devil’s advocate they are (mostly) correct. Let me use you and I as an example.
Let’s say that you and are in love. We’re both high caste and we get along great. Just one problem: I’m a sleek two wheeler and you’re a robust four wheeler. Doesn’t matter that we’re the same caste; our deferent alt-modes are “incompatible”.
Now let’s change it a bit: we’re the same alt-mode, but you’re higher caste than I. Also a no-go right out of the gate. “Incompatibility”
Upper caste or lower caste the rules apply. The low castes are mostly ignored, but there are times when the law is enforced on them. The higher the cast, the more privileges you enjoy…but the bonding/breeding law applies to eveyone
So, is the screening process just to ensure the two partners’ caste and alt are the same, or are there other elements the authorities would look at?
If alt mode + caste is good, you’ve cleared stage 1. But even then you’re not guaranteed a certificate (yes, you need one. No, forging it is a bad, bad, bad idea.) They look at your history, your personality, nothing too in depth but thorough enough so that they know what they’re in for. If everything is go, mazel tov. You can have a ceremony, get that certificate and apply for a reproductive certificate whenever you wish. If you want one whilst you apply for the BCC (bonding ceremony certificate), that will be extra.