I don't think we're on the same page here. 1) Boredom or frustration of purpose is driving colony war veterans. These veterans are presented as individuals that have grown accustomed to or addicted to violence. One of the underlying issues is Cybertron's unwillingness or inability to provide them with adequate social services to deal with them. With nothing to do and nowhere to go to deal with their problem, they've turned to the Ascenticon movement which is pro expansion, which will no doubt put them back out towards the colonies. 2) The oppressive regulation of the regime currently running Cybertron is stifling the society's apparent natural need to explore, which is making some of the non-veteran people angry. The world is stagnant and being told what to do, where to go, how to do it, etc. is apparently enough to piss off some of the remaining people on the planet. Speculation on various ways to alleviate "boredom" notwithstanding, there's some details you missed. First, there are "hundreds" missing, not "thousands" or "millions". This is a minority movement, unless Cybertron has a REALLY tiny population. So yes, your statement stands that perhaps many people are finding other, non-violent ways to cope. But that's the nature of a radical movement - it's usually a small, galvanized group of individuals that generally do the most moving and shaking. Froid may be an unreliable narrator, but this is the opening arc. It would make little narrative sense for Froid to be "wrong" when the author is trying to set up how this new iteration of Transformers works. In other words, what narrative sense or purpose is served by Froid providing misinformation to the reader? With all due respect, I get the feeling that you want this story to be about a particular thing, which is fine. It's your right to be unsatisfied with the explanations and/or motives provided on its face. However, dissatisfaction with the state of existence absent class struggle is real and usually originates in issues of ideology which closely matches the narrative provided by Froid as opposed to some other reasoning.