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==History==
 
==History==
 
===Founding===
 
===Founding===
{{Quote|Dedicated by the first settlers of Tatooine—founders of Bestine Township—in memory of brave Captain Moraj.|Description of a historical marker outside Bestine|Star Wars Galaxies}}
 
 
[[File:Moraj memorial.jpg|200px|thumb|A memorial dedicated by the some of the first settlers and founders of Bestine. The crashed remains of the ''Red Sin Valon'' can be seen in the background.]]
 
[[File:Moraj memorial.jpg|200px|thumb|A memorial dedicated by the some of the first settlers and founders of Bestine. The crashed remains of the ''Red Sin Valon'' can be seen in the background.]]
 
A branch of the [[Galactic Republic/Legends|Galactic Republic]] known as the [[Republic Survey Corps/Legends|Republic Survey Corps]] rediscovered the [[Outer Rim Territories/Legends|Outer Rim Territories]] [[Planet/Legends|planet]] of Tatooine<ref name="Eisley" /> in [[1100 BBY]]. Deemed "nominally habitable," the world was opened to colonization. Settlers gravitated to the planet in bits and spurts over the course of many [[Standard century|centuries]]. Most vanished within a couple generations, beaten by the [[Desert/Legends|desert]] world. [[Anchorhead/Legends|Anchorhead]], the only lasting vestige of the planet's earliest visitors, was reinhabited and deserted again and again. Eventually, near the end of the [[Millennium/Legends|millennium]] around [[100 BBY]], a new attempt to colonize the planet was spearheaded by hopeful [[Human/Legends|Human]] settlers supplemented by [[Miner/Legends|miners]]. Among them was [[Melnea Arnthout]], a Human [[Sexes/Legends|female]] leader of the miners who endeavored to leave the aquacultural planet of [[Bestine IV/Legends|Bestine IV]] and establish a mining colony on Tatooine.<ref name="SoT" /> However, she and her fellow colonists were forced to change plans when their [[Colony ship/Legends|colony ship]], the ''Dowager Queen'',<ref name="Eisley" /> crash-landed on the desert world amid a vicious sandstorm. Following the crash, Arnthout supervised construction of temporary shelters and organized work crews and security details. Under her direction, the settlers located their original target zone<ref name="SoT" /> about 200 kilometers to the west,<ref name="Eisley" /> an area named Bestine Point for its comparative suitability as farmland. Arnthout and the others survivors of the ''Dowager Queen'' established a settlement at Bestine Point<ref name="Eisley" /> with the help of another group of colonists who crash-landed nearby in a starship of their own, the ''[[Red-Sin Valon]]''. Among them was the brave [[Captain/Legends|Captain]] [[Moraj]], regarded as a local hero for his part in becoming one of the first settlers of Bestine.<ref name="AED" /> With parts scavenged from the fallen ''Dowager Queen'', a village at Bestine Point was constructed<ref name="SoT" /> in the southern region of the Jundland Wastes.<ref name="AED" /> Within a [[Standard year/Legends|year]], by [[99 BBY]], the village was ready for habitation. As construction of a second settlement commenced, Bestine Point became known simply as Bestine.<ref name="SoT" />
 
A branch of the [[Galactic Republic/Legends|Galactic Republic]] known as the [[Republic Survey Corps/Legends|Republic Survey Corps]] rediscovered the [[Outer Rim Territories/Legends|Outer Rim Territories]] [[Planet/Legends|planet]] of Tatooine<ref name="Eisley" /> in [[1100 BBY]]. Deemed "nominally habitable," the world was opened to colonization. Settlers gravitated to the planet in bits and spurts over the course of many [[Standard century|centuries]]. Most vanished within a couple generations, beaten by the [[Desert/Legends|desert]] world. [[Anchorhead/Legends|Anchorhead]], the only lasting vestige of the planet's earliest visitors, was reinhabited and deserted again and again. Eventually, near the end of the [[Millennium/Legends|millennium]] around [[100 BBY]], a new attempt to colonize the planet was spearheaded by hopeful [[Human/Legends|Human]] settlers supplemented by [[Miner/Legends|miners]]. Among them was [[Melnea Arnthout]], a Human [[Sexes/Legends|female]] leader of the miners who endeavored to leave the aquacultural planet of [[Bestine IV/Legends|Bestine IV]] and establish a mining colony on Tatooine.<ref name="SoT" /> However, she and her fellow colonists were forced to change plans when their [[Colony ship/Legends|colony ship]], the ''Dowager Queen'',<ref name="Eisley" /> crash-landed on the desert world amid a vicious sandstorm. Following the crash, Arnthout supervised construction of temporary shelters and organized work crews and security details. Under her direction, the settlers located their original target zone<ref name="SoT" /> about 200 kilometers to the west,<ref name="Eisley" /> an area named Bestine Point for its comparative suitability as farmland. Arnthout and the others survivors of the ''Dowager Queen'' established a settlement at Bestine Point<ref name="Eisley" /> with the help of another group of colonists who crash-landed nearby in a starship of their own, the ''[[Red-Sin Valon]]''. Among them was the brave [[Captain/Legends|Captain]] [[Moraj]], regarded as a local hero for his part in becoming one of the first settlers of Bestine.<ref name="AED" /> With parts scavenged from the fallen ''Dowager Queen'', a village at Bestine Point was constructed<ref name="SoT" /> in the southern region of the Jundland Wastes.<ref name="AED" /> Within a [[Standard year/Legends|year]], by [[99 BBY]], the village was ready for habitation. As construction of a second settlement commenced, Bestine Point became known simply as Bestine.<ref name="SoT" />
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Bestine was first mentioned in the [[Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (novel)|''Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope'' novelization]] published on [[November 12]], [[1976]]. In the novelization, when Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker are stopped by Imperial stormtroopers, Luke mentions that he lives in the west, "near Bestine township." When asked for their [[Identichip/Legends|identification]], Kenobi manages to use [[The Force/Legends|the Force]] to [[Mind trick/Legends|mentally trick]] the stormtroopers into thinking that [[R2-D2/Legends|R2-D2]] and [[C-3PO/Legends|C-3PO]] were something other than the droids they were looking for.<ref name="ANHNovel" /> In both the novelization and a deleted Tosche Station scene from [[Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope|''Star Wars'': Episode IV ''A New Hope'']], [[Biggs Darklighter/Legends|Biggs Darklighter]] refers to a friend who has a friend "on Bestine" who might help them make contact with the Rebel forces. Because Darklighter says ''on'' Bestine, rather than ''in'', he is evidently referring to the planet rather than the city.<ref name="ANHNovel" /><ref name="ANHDeleted">[[Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope|''Star Wars'': Episode IV ''A New Hope'']] {{C|Deleted scene}}</ref> Bestine received a brief entry in ''[[A Guide to the Star Wars Universe]]'' in [[1984]],<ref name="SWUGuide">''[[A Guide to the Star Wars Universe]]''</ref> and its background was later explored in greater detail in subsequent sourcebooks like ''[[Galaxy Guide 7: Mos Eisley]]''<ref name="Eisley" /> and the ''[[Star Wars Technical Journal of the Planet Tatooine]]'' in [[1993]],<ref name="Technical" /> and ''[[Secrets of Tatooine]]'' in [[2001]].<ref name="SoT" />
 
Bestine was first mentioned in the [[Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (novel)|''Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope'' novelization]] published on [[November 12]], [[1976]]. In the novelization, when Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker are stopped by Imperial stormtroopers, Luke mentions that he lives in the west, "near Bestine township." When asked for their [[Identichip/Legends|identification]], Kenobi manages to use [[The Force/Legends|the Force]] to [[Mind trick/Legends|mentally trick]] the stormtroopers into thinking that [[R2-D2/Legends|R2-D2]] and [[C-3PO/Legends|C-3PO]] were something other than the droids they were looking for.<ref name="ANHNovel" /> In both the novelization and a deleted Tosche Station scene from [[Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope|''Star Wars'': Episode IV ''A New Hope'']], [[Biggs Darklighter/Legends|Biggs Darklighter]] refers to a friend who has a friend "on Bestine" who might help them make contact with the Rebel forces. Because Darklighter says ''on'' Bestine, rather than ''in'', he is evidently referring to the planet rather than the city.<ref name="ANHNovel" /><ref name="ANHDeleted">[[Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope|''Star Wars'': Episode IV ''A New Hope'']] {{C|Deleted scene}}</ref> Bestine received a brief entry in ''[[A Guide to the Star Wars Universe]]'' in [[1984]],<ref name="SWUGuide">''[[A Guide to the Star Wars Universe]]''</ref> and its background was later explored in greater detail in subsequent sourcebooks like ''[[Galaxy Guide 7: Mos Eisley]]''<ref name="Eisley" /> and the ''[[Star Wars Technical Journal of the Planet Tatooine]]'' in [[1993]],<ref name="Technical" /> and ''[[Secrets of Tatooine]]'' in [[2001]].<ref name="SoT" />
   
Bestine's first appearance was in the [[2003]] [[video game]] [[Star Wars Galaxies|''Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided'']], a [[Roleplaying game|massively multiplayer online role-playing game]] developed by [[Sony|Sony Online Entertainment]] and published by [[LucasArts]], prior to its closure on [[December 15]], [[2011]].<ref name="AED" /><ref name="Shutdown">{{SonyCite|url=playerinfo/|text=IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ''STAR WARS'' GALAXIES™|archivedate=20111124133655}}</ref> The city of Bestine was one of the first locations up and running for beta testers of the game.<ref name="Insider68" /> Since beta testing started in [[July]] of [[2002]],<ref name="Beta">{{SonyCite|url=players/news_archive.vm?id=49711&month=072002|text=First Beta Emails Sent, Plus More New Screenshots!|archivedate=20111124013753}}</ref> the city remained a hub of activity, offering the testers a place to convene and test all of the major game systems.<ref name="Insider68" /> During one beta test session, about three dozen testers engaged in blaster duels in and around Bestine.<ref name="Insider66">{{InsiderCite|66|Gamescape}}</ref> The Bestine cantina was noted as a particularly attractive location for entertainers testing the game, many of whom gained a bit of fame among the beta community. Some of these players included members of the [[Barefoot Band]], a player-made [[Band/Legends|band]] which performed barefoot, and [[Emma Freestar]], a player who could almost always be seen dancing in the cantina.<ref name="Insider68" /> Another beta tester, named [[Nathan Larkins|Nathan "Moraj_Markinnison" Larkins]], became well known for a more tragic reason. After losing his life in a car wreck<ref name="Guinness">''Guinness World Records 2008: Gamer's Edition''. Time Home Entertainment, Inc. ISBN 978-1-904-99421-3.</ref> in early [[October]] of 2002,<ref name="Memorial">{{Cite_web|url=https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/80371733/nathan-larkins|title=Nathan Larkins|accessdate=2020-05-04|date=2011-11-13|work=[[Wikipedia:Find a Grave|Find a Grave]]|publisher=[[Wikipedia:Ancestry.com LLC|Ancestry.com LLC]]|archiveurl=|archivedate=}}</ref> the ''Star Wars Galaxies'' team placed a [[Moraj Memorial]] flag outside Bestine to honor his dedication to the game and the community. The flag marked the location where the beta testers entered the game,<ref name="Guinness" /> and provided an [[in-universe]] description which read, "Dedicated by the first settlers of Tatooine - founders of Bestine Township - in memory of brave Captain Moraj."<ref name="AED" /> This was recognized by the [[Wikipedia:Guinness World Records|''Guinness World Records'']] as the earliest virtual memorial ever included in an MMORPG, as first noted in an entry of the ''Guinness World Records 2008: Gamer's Edition''.<ref name="Guinness" />
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Bestine's first appearance was in the [[2003]] [[video game]] [[Star Wars Galaxies|''Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided'']], a [[Roleplaying game|massively multiplayer online role-playing game]] developed by [[Sony|Sony Online Entertainment]] and published by [[LucasArts]], prior to its closure on [[December 15]], [[2011]].<ref name="AED" /><ref name="Shutdown">{{SonyCite|url=playerinfo/|text=IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ''STAR WARS'' GALAXIES™|archivedate=20111124133655}}</ref> The city of Bestine was one of the first locations up and running for beta testers of the game.<ref name="Insider68" /> Since beta testing started in [[July]] of [[2002]],<ref name="Beta">{{SonyCite|url=players/news_archive.vm?id=49711&month=072002|text=First Beta Emails Sent, Plus More New Screenshots!|archivedate=20111124013753}}</ref> the city remained a hub of activity, offering the testers a place to convene and test all of the major game systems.<ref name="Insider68" /> During one beta test session, about three dozen testers engaged in blaster duels in and around Bestine.<ref name="Insider66">{{InsiderCite|66|Gamescape}}</ref> The Bestine cantina was noted as a particularly attractive location for entertainers testing the game, many of whom gained a bit of fame among the beta community. Some of these players included members of the [[Barefoot Band]], a player-made [[Band/Legends|band]] which performed barefoot, and [[Emma Freestar]], a player who could almost always be seen dancing in the cantina.<ref name="Insider68" /> Another beta tester, named [[Nathan Larkins]], became well known for a more tragic reason. After losing his life in a car wreck<ref name="Guinness">''Guinness World Records 2008: Gamer's Edition''. Time Home Entertainment, Inc. ISBN 978-1-904-99421-3.</ref> in early [[October]] of 2002,<ref name="Memorial">{{Cite_web|url=https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/80371733/nathan-larkins|title=Nathan Larkins|accessdate=2020-05-04|date=2011-11-13|work=[[Wikipedia:Find a Grave|Find a Grave]]|publisher=[[Wikipedia:Ancestry.com LLC|Ancestry.com LLC]]|archiveurl=|archivedate=}}</ref> the ''Star Wars Galaxies'' team placed a [[Moraj Memorial]] flag outside Bestine to honor his dedication to the game and the community. The flag marked the location where the beta testers entered the game,<ref name="Guinness" /> and provided an [[in-universe]] description which read, "Dedicated by the first settlers of Tatooine - founders of Bestine Township - in memory of brave Captain Moraj."<ref name="AED" /> This was recognized by the [[Wikipedia:Guinness World Records|''Guinness World Records'']] as the earliest virtual memorial ever included in an MMORPG, as first noted in an entry of the ''Guinness World Records 2008: Gamer's Edition''.<ref name="Guinness" />
   
 
After the game's launch, Bestine's shuttleport was originally positioned between the city's cantina and [[Bank/Legends|bank]],<ref name="Prima">''[[Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided: Prima's Official Strategy Guide]]''</ref> but by [[December 16]], 2003, it had been relocated closer to the capitol.<ref name="Quick">''[[Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided Quick Reference Guide]]''</ref> Additional changes were made to the city in the "Bestine Redesign" update, which released on [[February 11]], [[2004]] as part of [[W:c:swg:Publish 6 Notes: 11 February 04|Publish 6 The Imperial Crackdown]].<ref name="Publish 6">{{SonyCite|url=recent_updates.jsp?o=60893|text=Publish 6 The Imperial Crackdown|archivedate=20051016001034}}</ref> In addition to an increased Imperial presence,<ref name="GCWForum" /> another significant modification made to the city during this update was the inclusion of a political election system in which players could vote for either Sean Trenwell or Victor Visalis as the aide to Governor Tour Aryon.<ref name="Publish 6" /><ref name="AED" /> Each candidate had their own quests and rewards. The quests were to gather positive evidence that demonstrated why either candidate would do a better job as the governor's right hand man. Players who took these quests were required to find evidence of good deeds by either candidate, and turn it in to the governor in the hopes of getting enough evidence to cause the governor to select their chosen candidate. Each candidate was in power for two full months, and at the end of the election month, the governor would count up the pieces of evidence turned in by the players and select her new aide.<ref name="Politics" /> Different city events would occur depending on which aide to the governor was in control. Sand People had the potential to raid Bestine, the Imperial presence could increase, and players could have the option to seek out historians for quests to learn more about the genuine history of Bestine. The update also included a new Bestine Museum event,<ref name="Publish 6" /> in which players could vote for their favorite painting to be exhibited.<ref name="AED" />
 
After the game's launch, Bestine's shuttleport was originally positioned between the city's cantina and [[Bank/Legends|bank]],<ref name="Prima">''[[Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided: Prima's Official Strategy Guide]]''</ref> but by [[December 16]], 2003, it had been relocated closer to the capitol.<ref name="Quick">''[[Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided Quick Reference Guide]]''</ref> Additional changes were made to the city in the "Bestine Redesign" update, which released on [[February 11]], [[2004]] as part of [[W:c:swg:Publish 6 Notes: 11 February 04|Publish 6 The Imperial Crackdown]].<ref name="Publish 6">{{SonyCite|url=recent_updates.jsp?o=60893|text=Publish 6 The Imperial Crackdown|archivedate=20051016001034}}</ref> In addition to an increased Imperial presence,<ref name="GCWForum" /> another significant modification made to the city during this update was the inclusion of a political election system in which players could vote for either Sean Trenwell or Victor Visalis as the aide to Governor Tour Aryon.<ref name="Publish 6" /><ref name="AED" /> Each candidate had their own quests and rewards. The quests were to gather positive evidence that demonstrated why either candidate would do a better job as the governor's right hand man. Players who took these quests were required to find evidence of good deeds by either candidate, and turn it in to the governor in the hopes of getting enough evidence to cause the governor to select their chosen candidate. Each candidate was in power for two full months, and at the end of the election month, the governor would count up the pieces of evidence turned in by the players and select her new aide.<ref name="Politics" /> Different city events would occur depending on which aide to the governor was in control. Sand People had the potential to raid Bestine, the Imperial presence could increase, and players could have the option to seek out historians for quests to learn more about the genuine history of Bestine. The update also included a new Bestine Museum event,<ref name="Publish 6" /> in which players could vote for their favorite painting to be exhibited.<ref name="AED" />
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