I’ve been trying to write around it for as long as possible, but I can’t go any further without facing a few holes in my back story, and I’m still just as stumped as I was when I started. In short, I need a believable reason for needing an heir to be produced ASAP. If you don’t feel like reading everything else, please give me some possible reasons, I would be so grateful. The rest is just background on the families involved. The story takes place in the present. Some background: There was a civil war in an undisclosed country. Toward the end of the war, an old, powerful, very wealthy family realizes they are on the losing side, and immediately drop all support for the maniacal dictator trying to overthrow the corrupt, but not completely evil, government. Either way, the country is not in great shape and has both a history and a future of political unrest. That’s why another old family, less powerful, less wealthy, and only recently having gained prominence as war heroes, decide to relocate with their unborn daughter to England after playing a big part on the winning side. We’ll refer to them as “good family” and the other family as “bad family”. Just before the good family leaves, the bad family, now somewhat disgraced and quite powerless, asks them to consider arranging a marriage between their children. I think they do this because the bad family can’t currently leave the country on account of being tried for war crimes, etc. and want to ensure that their son, let’s call him Solomon, will get to England and a better life. If their son and his enormous inheritance are promised to the good family’s daughter, Rina, the good family will have a reason to keep Solomon safe and get him to England, should the bad family be imprisoned or anything. Rina, of course, would benefit by becoming very, very wealthy. Long story short, the bad family aren’t imprisoned, but the two families marry their children when they are fairly young so that everyone feels safe with giving the good family guardianship of Solomon so that he can go to England and get an education. Eventually the bad family are able to get citizenship and move to England and everything is good until they start insisting that Solomon and Rina produce an heir. (Solomon has been away at various schools, so they barely know each other at this point.) Perhaps this is because something from the civil war, or the politics of their home country, are catching up with them? What other reason could there be? And what could be going on that they need an heir? Their home country is, obviously, pretty old school and probably not all that developed, since arranged marriages are still happening, so needing an heir isn’t totally insane, but why the urgency? I'm open to tweaking parts of the backstory to make it make more sense or to work around certain stuff, but this was the general idea of what's going on. Note that this is all backstory, and the 'political intrigue' type stuff will be secondary to the story of coming of age within this setting of political intrigue. But I will still need a solid idea of what's going on that caused them to need an heir.