Obviously, the original show takes place in a bizarre cartoon universe where the geopolitical situation is not identical to our own. But, assuming that the laws of the United States remained the same until the Transformers woke up, what exactly would the status of the Transformers be, as far as citizenship is concerned? Obviously, they're not human, but, under the assumption that any aliens advanced enough to have cultures nigh-identical to those on Earth would be recognized as human-equivalent, what would their legal status be, exactly? According to the G1 cartoon and G1 Marvel Comics, the Autobots and Decepticons crashlanded into what the comics identified as the land that would become the state of Oregon roughly 4 million years ago. (The cartoon was more vague, but definitely seemed to imply that they'd crash landed somewhere in America.) Optimus Prime, Ironhide, Prowl, Jazz, Mirage, Sideswipe, Sunstreaker, Bluestreak, Hound, Bumblebee, Wheeljack, Ratchet, Gears, Huffer, Brawn, Windcharger, Cliffjumper, Trailbreaker, Megatron, Soundwave, 5 cassettes, 3 Seekers, and (in the cartoon) 3 Reflectors were definitely on the Ark when it crashed; and it's possible that Season 2 guys like Hoist and Dirge were on the Ark as well (again, as far as the cartoon is concerned). The Transformers in the crashed Ark were on the Ark, in what would eventually become the territory of the United States, in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed and America became its own country. They were also still in the Ark when the American Revolutionary War ended with the United States as its own country. From what I understand, everyone in the United States when this happened was, in theory, granted citizenship in the United States, even if they had been born elsewhere. This excluded most Native American groups and pretty much all people of African descent, due to the differing cultural values and, frankly, the racism of the time period, but in theory, should have applied to anyone alive in the country at the time, which would technically include the Transformers. So, the question is, would the United States consider the 18+ Autobots and 13+ Decepticons who were on the crashlanded Ark citizens because they were living in the country before the American Revolutionary War? (That is, from a purely legal standpoint, would that be the logical conclusion?) Could Optimus Prime run for President? And how about the G1 cartoon Dinobots? They were effectively born on Earth, and applying the "any-sufficiently-advanced alien=human" clause (we don't necessarily have to), they would definitely qualify as citizens (at least in theory) because they came into being on American soil. And if you want a real headache, what about the G1 Stunticons? Their bodies came from Earth (and presumably America), but they weren't technically alive until they reached Cybertron. Feel free to correct me on any of the historical/legal points. I actually posted this question primarily because I'm not entirely sure how this would work!