Royal Clan Marriages
An important part of some royal clans. Marriage is rarely a choice, more often a negotiated business deal between families. It is a formal and binding contract to marry, and cannot be broken except by infidelity, death or financial failure. The Hansas and Su-Yu clans forbid and do not recognize marriages which are not first announced with a betrothal and a 1 year waiting period before the wedding. The Oberhardts are less stringent on the matter, as they do not allow membership by blood or marriage, only by training and dedication. Jenkins do allow a membership by marriage, so a 30 day betrothal is required when marrying outside the clan, so the bride/groom can be inspected and investigated.
There was an era long passed when new arrivals were mostly men, and the population was out of balance. That is no longer the case, but the practices from that era have continued into today. The prospective groom’s family has to prove they have future employment for the groom, and pays the prospective bride’s family an annuity (or lump sum) to insure the bride and all progeny have sufficient means to welfare in the future. If there are multiple prospective brides vying for these funds, the brides can offer a dowry of land or items of value to the groom’s family.