->''"Greetings, obviously inferior yet inexplicably respected alien lifeforms."''
-->--'''Shockwave''', summing up the typical [=TransTech=] attitude towards "offworlders".

Back in 2001, Hasbro was gearing up for a ''{{Franchise/Transformers}}'' series to follow after ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines''. It likely would have continued the storyline on a newly technorganic Cybertron, in {{CGI}} animation, and initial designs were made for a toyline that played off the organic/mechanic hybrid idea in aesthetics that were unique compared to previous Transformers designs.

[[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Transtech Well, the planned show and toyline never happened.]] Hasbro ended up [[WhatCouldHaveBeen scrapping the idea]], and instead ported over the Japanese ''[[Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise Car Robots]]'' to serve as a filler until ''[[TransformersArmada Armada]]'' was ready. Transtech thus seemed to be a lost idea, doomed to the failed prototype dustbin.

Until, in 2008, Fun Publications "rescued" the concept, keeping the design aesthetic, but spinning it into a wholly different universe for their own ''[[Franchise/TransformersTimelines Timelines]]'' fiction. (But '''not''' [[MerchandiseDriven toyline]])

The universe they created was one where, unique in TheMultiverse, the Autobots and Decepticons never suffered a civil war. Instead they formed a society where the two factions could interact peaceably, channeling their efforts into perfecting themselves mentally and technologically. Their universe is also strangely receptive to other dimensions, leaving them able to serve as dimensional caretakers, controlling and receiving "bleeds" containing travelers from those dimensions. As a result, the giant city of Axiom Nexus was built, in order to provide the regular stream of "offworlders" with tourism, services, and safety, until they return to their home universes. Some even decide to stay and reside permanently--after all, when you're from one of the many war-torn universes, why not stay somewhere that you can instead live in relative quiet and peace?

..well. That's what your helpful tour guide tells you when you first arrive, anyway.

In actual fact, the [=TransTech=] universe has its fair share of in-fighting; it just takes the form of [[GunboatDiplomacy political maneuvering]], [[WhiteCollarCrime corporate warfare]], [[MobWar gang warfare]], and plain old personal crime instead of outright war. And most of the [=TransTechs=] don't think very highly of their "inferior" offworlder guests. And there's the fact that the [=TransTechs=] have traded the mech fluids flowing freely for the red tape flowing freely, with just about everything in existence having unending amounts of Byzantine rules and bureaucratic agencies attached to it. And Primus help you if they label you as a "[[DoubleSpeak unit of interest]]"...

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!!This series/universe provides examples of:
* ActorAllusion: The [[http://youtube.com/view_play_list?p=56AE7F601353E442 "Bee in the City"]] script-reading play has this regarding the voice actors of ''TransformersAnimated'' which crossed over into this continuity.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: Shockwave describes himself as morally ambiguous instead of outright evil.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: [=TransTech=] Megatron.
* BeleagueredBureaucrat: The nicer administrators and upholders of Axiom Nexus' omnipresent bureaucracy.
* BornLucky: Jackpot, who has a tendency to escape certain doom via ridiculously improbable means.
* BotheringByTheBook: The good guys ([[BlackAndGreyMorality or as good as this universe gets, anyway]]) have no qualms about playing the omnipresent bureaucracy to their advantage.
* BrokenBird: Crystal Widow. Beautiful, lonely, and bitter due to being separated from her lover in her home universe, since the [=TransTechs=] refuse to let her go home.
* ByTheBookCop: Much like BotheringByTheBook above, Cheetor and his (good) police force usually follow the rules; they just don't always follow them with the methods or interpretation their superiors would wish.
* CasanovaWannabe / HandsomeLech: Jackpot loves the [[FemBot ladies]], but the feeling is ''not'' mutual. (It's not clear if this is because they think he's not attractive or if it's due to the fact that he's a bit of an egotistical jerk.)
* CityOfAdventure: Axiom Nexus
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Bulletbike and Ego definitely are, and there's a strong implication that ThereAreNoGoodExecutives.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: See the intro.
* DarkerAndEdgier: You would think a universe where the civil war never happened would be light and cheery. You would be wrong. The lightest story is a romp that still is a fugitive chase involving a dead revolutionary, two LoveableRogue ''Autobots'' framed for murder and being used as patsies by the police, and bloodthirsty gangsters. It goes through progressively darker stories to finally land on a first-person story of a mech going from being a CorruptCorporateExecutive to a SerialKiller.
* EngineeredPublicConfession: Hubcap tricks [[spoiler:Black Shadow]] into confessing to Gutcruncher's murder in front of Gutcruncher's revenge-obsessed gangster allies.
* EvilFeelsGood / EvilIsEasy: When the formerly law-abiding Bulletbike loses his ethical subroutines, he finds out that murder and theft are very easy--and empowering--methods of solving problems.
* [[EvilGenius Evil... er... "Morally Ambiguous" Genius]]: Shockwave describes himself as such.
* FantasticRacism: The [=TransTechs=] look down on their multiversal visitors as being "lowtechs" and savages, with only a very few like Cheetor being sympathetic.
* {{Frameup}}: Hubcap and Jackpot get framed for a gangster's murder by being in the wrong place at the wrong time ''and'' used as patsies by the police.
* FriendlyEnemy: More like friendly professional rivals, but shady businessman Cryotek and Officer Cheetor have a respect for each other.
* GildedCage: If you're a unit of interest, the ''best'' you can hope for is being left to make your way freely in Axiom Nexus, so long as you never try to leave.
* GrandTheftMe: Bulletbike is convinced that his spark has been transplanted from his previous advanced body into a lowtech one, and someone else into his old body, even though there's no evidence that actually happened. [[spoiler:Eventually turns out he's right, though by then it's far too late.]]
* HurricaneOfPuns: "Bee in the City" had some puns regards Isaac Sumdac's [[FunWithAcronyms Bi-directional Unified Transit Terminal]].
* {{Hustler}}: Jackpot and Hubcap are ''Autobot'' examples, oddly enough.
* ImplacableMan: [[spoiler:General Demolishor]]. Even after the [=GoBots=] and Crystal Widow throw everything they have at him, including [[spoiler:Widow using her powers to run him through with an energon sword and essentially do the equivalent of freezing his blood solid]], he still doesn't quit until he's finally arrested by an entire army. The fight takes up 6 pages of a 47-page prose story.
* InsistentTerminology: Shockwave will have you know he's ''not'' "evil", he's "morally ambiguous".
* IntercontinuityCrossover: Axiom Nexus is essentially the in-universe embodiment of this trope. As the narrator from "Bee In The City" points out, the city is crawling with robots of all shapes and franchises. Even also from beyond Transformers, as there are cameos by everything from ''{{Starriors}}'' characters to Winslow from ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire''.
** There are also specific examples that form the focus of the plot in most of the stories:
*** "Withered Hope" with ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGobots''.
*** "Bee in the City" with ''TransformersAnimated''.
*** "Transcendent" continues the plotline from [[TransformersClassics "Crossing Over"]] and leads into [[TransformersShatteredGlass "Reunification"]].
* InTheBack: [[spoiler:Poor, trusting Skyfall...]]
* KidAppealCharacter: Flareup identifies Bumblebee of ''TransformersAnimated'' as a "kid-appeal yellow car type".
* LaResistance: Alpha Trion and his followers are this against the [=TransTech=]. [[spoiler:Not. It's actually a cover for trying to steal [=TransTech=] bodies and escape back to [[TransformersShatteredGlass his home dimension]] to conquer it.]]
* MacGuffin: The [=AllSpark=] key is actually called "a MacGuffin" during "Bee in the City".
* MoralityChip: Most [=TransTechs=] have "conscience programming" called "clarity codecs" installed, which theoretically reward good behavior and cause punishing sensations for violent behavior. Though Cheetor had his and his partner cop's disabled so they could learn how to control themselves on their own, and Bulletbike's descent into serial-killing insanity shows what can lurk in some [=TransTechs'=] sparks under the control.
* TheMultiverse: The stories are essentially an attempt to turn the ContinuitySnarl of the Transformers franchise into story fodder for a series.
* MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours: Standard operating procedure for both the good and bad guys in Axiom Nexus.
* MythologyGag: Numerous. For instance, "Ego" is named after Starscream's name in France.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Optimus Prime is based on BarackObama.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The meaner administrators and upholders of Axiom Nexus' omnipresent bureaucracy.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:General Demolishor, again]], whose alternate mode essentially resembles a metal EldritchAbomination.
* OnlySaneMan: Skyfall complains frequently about how messed up the universe, the people he's stuck with, and his ongoing quest are.
* PlayingWithSyringes: Shockwave's job is pretty much to run evil... er... ''[[RunningGag morally ambiguous]]'' experiments for Megatron on any units of interest with especially interesting technology. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Image:BreakawayShockwavesTable_Transcendent2.jpg The methods]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Image:Megatrontranstech.jpg are not pleasant]].
* PricelessPaperweight: CorruptCorporateExecutive Ego has a private collection full of ridiculously powerful devices from across the multiverse, which he uses as mere decoration.
* PromotedFanboy: Shockwave and Flareup are voiced in ''Bee in the City'' by two Transformers fans, Fairlady Z and InternetPersonalityVangelus.
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: The entire plot of "I, Lowtech", essentially. While Bulletbike was never really a good guy, exactly, he did start out as a sane and (technically) law-abiding regular [=TransTech=] executive. Over the course of trying to figure out why he's now in a "lowtech" body, we watch through his POV as he descends from that sanity into becoming a serial killer utterly detached from reality.
* RoboSpeak: Used hilariously for [[spoiler:Black Shadow's]] autonomous battle shell.
-->"Expression of menace and unveiled hostility. ...Ironic yet mean-spirited quip."
* RulesLawyer: Anyone who wants to do more than just survive, good or bad, pretty much has to become one.
* RunningGag: Every prose story has at least one person who complains that they "hate quantum". Also, "I'm not evil, I'm ''morally ambiguous''."
* SanitySlippage: See Protagonist Journey To Villain.
* TalkingToHimself: During "Bee in the City" DavidKaye plays both [[TransformersAnimated Optimus Prime]] and [[spoiler:Megatron from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'']].
* UltimateJobSecurity: Cheetor ticks off his bosses regularly while trying to help the offworlders, but his job is safe because nobody else wants it.
* UrbanSegregation: In very precisely-ordered degrees, ranging over a gradual spectrum from the upper class levels where the [=TransTechs=] live, to the [[TheCityNarrows utterly lawless Heap]].
* WorthlessYellowRocks: Jackpot and Hubcap eventually end up on an organic world where the inhabitants complain about these strange, pink, glowing energy things that have a tendency to explode. The two Autobots are very happy to graciously remove all of those [[PowerSource nasty, horrible things]] for them.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Units of interest are never allowed to leave Axiom Nexus. And even those who can leave are sometimes sent to "an approved alternate reality" instead of their real home universe.

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