A Femarctic bondship is a legal contract that recognizes multiple citizens as one, and holds them responsible for combined residences and credit holdings. Under current law, all bondships must include at least two principal members of equal credit status.
Sexual exclusivity of the group is an ethical requirement. Bondships contain four to five members and rarely more than six; monogamy is taboo yet legally recognized as Wa`xam.
*Waxamists are rare in Femarctic society and endure social stigma; once classified as mentally ill, modern waxamists face discrimination in specific vocational fields and cannot legally collect donations for rearing.
- Subaki typically initiate bonding, as it was once a legal requirement for collecting donations.
- Zaxiri, naturally disinclined to bond, are often sought out for bondship due to the unlimited credit line they receive after birthing a donation.
- Bizaki enter and most often initiate bonds as cohabitating socially with those they care for aids in their emotional health.
- Bonding attracts hizaki because of the higher-paying positions offered to bonded citizens.
- Marix in the Citizen’s Guard typically bond as it reflects well on their service record. However, Fleet and PAC marixi often avoid bonding, and those that do bond rarely live full time with their partners, opting to reside in Orta or remain deployed between the poles.
EVOLUTION OF LEGAL BONDSHIP
The rules around modern bondship have changed since the original subjects’ era; legal writs of credit division, donational custody, and real-estate ownership have altered the constructs of group involvement.
In the time of the originals, bringing the relationship to the Sernatae was required. In the First Gen era, the breeding castes (Subak or Zaxir) sat before presenting their bonds. Over time, two credit-independent partners became a requirement (implemented during the Second Gen years due to their lack of donations).
When the Fifth Gen came of age, hizak sought to control the balance of donational distribution and cited that bondships must contain one hizak and one subak. This alteration led to rising numbers of non-bonded subaki within the Sixth—until a Cloister vote by the Fifth mandated laws dictating that only bonded subaki could collect donations.
Bondship numbers were lowest among the Sixth Ramaxian Gen, with their males barred from bonding. Legal maneuvering by the conservative Fifth Gen made being a waxamist a financial burden (unless bonded to a zaxir – the only caste upon which monogamy is exceedingly rare).
In the Ninth Gen era, the subaki minority helped craft new laws that allowed unbonded subaki the right to collect donations made from their patches if the zaxir birthing that donation signed the donation over to the subak.
Decades later, a motion brought before the Sernatae by Tenth-Gen legislator Yegi Das (Pikalit) and seconded by Ninth-Gen Ryl Jyr (Utama) removed the presence of a requisite hizak in bondship applications. Edicts then required two principal partners of equal credit status (effectively freeing subaki from obtaining a sole custodial requirement). The motion won the Ruling Gen Platform’s support by a single vote, that of CM Wox Dag.