Political Intrigue in Bestine
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*** Status report: Tatooine, Bestine ***
Brief History of the Area
It was during the Old Republic that the first colony ships made their way
to Tatooine... then simply viewed as the first planet in the tri-planetary
system J11.9. The colonists expanded, founding Fort Tusken in the Jundland
Wastes far to the north. Both Bestine and Fort Tusken got down to the serious
business of ore mining and learned the delicate art of moisture farming - the
art of coaxing moisture from the atmosphere for growing crops. The Fort
survived until a group of Sand People attacked it. It was abandoned
afterwards, and the Sand People were given the nickname of Tusken Raiders
because of the attack.
Bestine of current day is a stately gem of Imperial politics. Before the
arrival of the Empire, Bestine was primarily a farming and mining community,
but it has since become the seat of Imperial power on Tatooine. As a result,
Bestine is now the most cosmopolitan and cultured Tatooine settlement.
Due largely to the influx of Imperial personnel and their credits, Bestine
is flourishing while other Tatooine cities struggle. Bestine has transformed
from a modest agrarian township into a thriving economic hub. While Mos
Eisley is a magnet for smugglers and their ilk, Bestine attracts honest
traders and merchants interested in doing legitimate business. Bestine is also
the safest of all the Tatooine cities. Imperial Stormtroopers patrol the
streets protecting the local populace from common thugs as well as from
Tusken Raiders. Bestine could be considered the capital of Tatooine, at least
by Imperial standards.
Luke Skywalker's home planet hasn't been the same since the Death
Star was destroyed by the Rebellion. Recently, a political struggle in
Bestine has arisen between a powerful merchant and an ambitious Imperial
officer. Two young men struggling to climb the ladder of power while
maintaining a fragile balance between the long established Bestine merchants
and the Imperial garrison. The balance is shrouded by an important trade
agreement between their superiors, so neither politician wants to upset their
superiors, the local economy or the attitudes of the Empire, so both of the
ambitious young men are working to maintain their positions under Governor
Tour Aryon in the hopes of influencing their causes. Their goals are simple:
influence the great many space travelers who pass through Bestine in hopes of
being elected and thus getting in the good graces of Governor Aryon.
The Officer of Defense, Victor Visalis, and the Director of Commerce, Sean
Trenwell, are vying for the same position which works closely and exclusively
with the governor of Bestine. Depending on which politician wins the vote and
becomes the new role in aiding the governor, the city of Bestine will change.
Citizens of the galaxy can help influence Bestine by speaking with the
governor and voting on their candidate. Depending on which of the two rivals
are in power, their influence can be seen throughout Bestine. Travelers can
get involved with voting process by having a conversation with Governor Tour
Aryon in the Tatooine Capitol building (-1137, -3563).
Once travelers and galactic citizens choose to get involved in the big vote,
they should choose who they prefer to be in power: Officer of Defense Victor
Visalis, or Director of Commerce Sean Trenwell. In order to cast a successful
vote, the governor tells the citizen (player) to pick a candidate, talk to
him and once the player is ready to vote, find evidence as to why the
particular candidate would be a good choice. However, each citizen must have
a reason for voting, or not voting, for a candidate. This is accomplished by
visiting either of the candidates and helping them in their cause.
Each candidate has his own quest and his own rewards. The quests are to
gather positive evidence that demonstrate why either candidate would do a
better job as the governor's right hand man. Simply take the quest, find the
evidence of good deeds and turn it in to the governor in the hopes of getting
enough evidence to cause the governor to select your chosen candidate.
Players can turn in one piece of evidence for each election. Each candidate
is in power for two full months. Each election is one month. At the end of
the election month, the governor will count up the pieces of evidence turned
in by the players and select her new aide.
This evidence can be found by doing various quests provided by the new
NPCs throughout Bestine. Once the evidence has been found and presented to
the governor, she will register the vote and tally the total number of votes
for each candidate at the end of two months, the governor will tally the
votes and announce the winner.
Each election takes a month and the winning politician will reign for two
months. Once the politician takes their position to help the Governor, the
face of Bestine will change.
If a citizen later decides to abandon his/her current candidate's
campaign, he/she may speak to the opposing candidate. The opposing candidates
will then instruct them on how to find a negative piece of evidence to turn
in as a vote for the other candidate.
For example, Sally the Rodian joins Victor's campaign, but decides, since
she's a crafter, it would benefit her more to join Sean's campaign instead.
Sally can speak with Sean about her misfortune. Sean will tell her to find
him a piece of evidence that would provide a negative impact to Victor's
campaign. Presenting that negative evidence, once found, to Sean will remove
Sally from Victor's campaign and allow her to join Sean's. Jumping from one
campaign to another doesn't have an impact to the quest overall since
citizen's are rewarded for completing quests and not simply joining the
The Officer of Defense, Victor Visalis
Victor is located in the Tatooine Capitol Building toward the front on the
right hand side as you enter the building. Walk in, hang a right and head
into his office at -1132, -3585. Speak to him and he will give you
instructions on how to collect the evidence that will put him into office.
Not only do the candidates explain all of this via conversation (text), but
also, for joining the campaign, the player will receive a campaign disk
explaining the process.
There is a rumor that Victor went to great measures to help a human child
be rescued from the Tusken Raiders. Seek out testimony from a woman in the
slums of Bestine.
Victor has helped employ the homeless beings of Bestine and players should
search for his job registry. Records are usually kept in the Capitol.
Word on the street says that Victor donated a great deal of credits to a
local orphanage. Seek the receipt for proof of his good deeds. The
orphanage's director who resides by the hospital in Bestine should know of
For those that want to take Victor down, a good place to start would be to
find his journal, and that shouldn't be far from him.
Smugglers in the area rumor that Victor has given bribes to the Hutts to
overlook some illegal activities. Any document with Victor's seal would
surely condemn him. Hutt informants in the local cantina usually traffic in
Local police are embroiled in an investigation of murdered police officers
that might have been rebel spies. If citizens were able to produce a
"Hit List", it would surely be incriminating.
If Victor wins the election
If Victor wins the election, citizens will have had an effect on the local
area by noticing that there will be fewer merchants in the market since they
won't have Sean's protection and more noticeably, there will be more Imperial
Troopers patrolling Bestine. When there are more patrolling troopers, the
Tusken Raiders will not be so brave and will raid the city much less often.
When Victor wins the Bestine election, he, like Sean Trenwell, has a pet
project. His quest revolves around his burning desire to strike at the Tusken
Raiders who plague Bestine. Victor has sent some of Bestine's toughest
soldiers to the Tusken Fortress, but they never returned and he wants to know
what has become of them.
Director of Commerce, Sean Trenwell
Sean's office is located on the left side of the main hall in the back
(-1199, -3584). Again, have a conversation (using the radial menu) to speak
with him and he will tell you how to help gain evidence for his cause. Sean
also gives involved citizens a campaign disk explaining the process.
If Sean wins the election
When Sean is in power, the upside is the merchants will thrive and there
will be more merchants in the marketplace. Also, Sean has a passion for
history and supports it by subsidizing his own personal desire to find out
about his personal ties to the local history. Historians uncovered what they
think may have been the Red-Sin Talon, the vessel which took the crew to
Tatooine. During this time, travelers can go on Sean's quest to satisfy his
curiosity regarding a possible ancestor who was part of the crew that founded
Bestine. Due to time constraints brought on by the election, Sean will send
you to the site to uncover any information regarding the ship.
The downside to Sean's victory is that Victor spites him by moving
Imperial troops away from town, allowing Tusken Raiders to attack the city,
making Sean look bad in front of the Governor. Tuskens will attack the city
almost two weeks at a time when this happens.
Pro Candidate Sean has a love of Art and donated a great deal of
credits to the local museum. Testimony from the Curator would surely help
Helping to develop the marketplace, Sean supplied the local Jawas with
money to build the marketplace. There is a merchant in the market place who
often deals with this Jawa named Orqiti. She might know where an evidence
disk might be.
Also working to help Bestine's homeless problem, Sean hired a housemaid
to care for his home. Testimony from her would surely get Sean in the
good graces of Tour. She is usually at Sean's house near the capitol, across
from the museum.
It has been rumored that Sean sometimes has to pay for his expensive art
and history habits by embezzling from the official commerce accounts. The
accountant's log book would definitely reveal such things and surely isn't
far at all.
Hutts are of course involved in everything and since they know of Sean's
shadowy commerce dealings, they have been blackmailing him. If someone were
to find the terminal disk as proof of his unofficial credit appropriations
from Bestine's Treasury, it would surely be bad evidence that would make Sean
Victor has long accused Sean of cheating on his political exams in the
past. Sean has been able to shrug it off, but proof of such cheating would be
a scandal he could not avoid. The first place to look would be his teacher
inside the Commerce Guild.