Yes, it is kind of different from when you pay for queens from one government pocket to another
Why then not to use “beesless” split method? It is considered as practically bulletproof even with aggressive colonies, introduction of queens of a different strain, after long queen transportation etc.
For those who haven’t heard about it, the basis is the same. The younger the bees the less chance that they will attack the queen. Just hatched bees don’t attack a queen at all.
Take an empty box and put two frames of brood that is about to hatch. Add a frame of comb filled with water, frames with food. The split goes on top of a populated hive to provide heat to the split. The split is separated from the hive by a frame with two layers of mesh. Entrance for the split could be made in the top part of the frame with the mesh. Cover everything with a lid. The next day, when about 100 bees hatched, release the new queen with attendants right on the frames of the split, those bees cannot chew through candy. Entrance must be kept closed for a week. Then, open the entrance so only one bee can pass through it because quite robbing is the only risk for this method (open wired when the colony is strong enough). Do not feed. Then, with week intervals reinforce the split with a sealed brood from the donor colony until the split becomes stronger than the donor colony. Then you have options. Remove the queen from the donor colony and unite, keep separate.
Another beauty of the thing - there is no interruption in egg production if used as a queen replacement method.