The following document was filed by J.S. Cambry (ABD), bioethics student on January 3, 2423
From A Brief Explanation of Subgroup B Behavioral Patterns
Journal of Subgroup B Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2360)
Q: Where are Subgroup B colonies found?
A: Subgroup B families typically occupy the plains, despite the violent storms that have become commonplace in the flatlands seven months out of the year. The families live in what we have termed pods which consist of a loose circle of open-air homes.
A: Subgroup B families are matrilineal in structure. When young adults couple, the male will always join the female’s pod. The couple will remain in this pod for the remainder of their lives.
Q: What is life like for Subgroup B children?
A: Subgroup B children spend their early years in the care of their mothers and aunts within their close-knit family groups. The first part of their education is based on their hobbies and interests and, thus, lacks the rigor typically found in the education of Subgroup As. However, these interests are later used to place Bs in their appropriate occupations, farming or factory work respectively.
A: After reaching maturity, Subgroup B males and females enter the labor force. The working life of the female will be marked with irregularities once she reaches child-bearing age(1) though the female, like the male, will typically begin work at the age of 16 and continue working until their eighth decade (2). These individuals make excellent laborers due to their size and strength. Additionally, although not as intelligent as Subgroup As, these workers retain enough intelligence to engage in creative problem solving thereby making farms and factories more productive.
(1) Note: Due to their general size, it is believed that the Subgroup B female have the capacity to bear children as young as fourteen years of age. However, the female generally does not have children until she reaches 25 or 26 years. This typically leaves the female with 8-10 productive working years prior to bearing her first child.
(2) The extended working years of the Subgroup B individual is due to the tweaking of their genetic material that occurred at the beginning of the 23rd century.