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"This is Mos Espa and I am Daimyo here."
―Boba Fett[3]

Daimyo was the ruler of a territory in Mos Espa—a city on the desert planet Tatooine—that was maintained through the allegiance and tribute of vassals, such as government officials and proprietors. The title of Daimyo was held successively by the crime lords Jabba Desilijic Tiure, Bib Fortuna, and Boba Fett.

Powers[]

"I'm the Daimyo of this district and I will bring order."
"You're a crime boss. Just like the rest of them."
―Boba Fett and Drash[1]

Daimyo of Mos Espa was a position of powerful status on Tatooine.

The title of Daimyo was self-appointed; the holder of this title was generally responsible for enforcing laws, maintaining order, and protecting property.[1] Additionally, the Daimyo was a crime lord who controlled businesses[1] and government officials,[3] and received tribute from vassals.[2]

The Daimyo could also grant audiences to their vassals. A less powerful Daimyo relied on alliances with other crime families in order to preserve their status.[1]

History[]

Reign of Jabba Desilijic Tiure[]

"Jabba ruled with fear. I intend to rule with respect."
―Boba Fett[2]

Jabba Desilijic Tiure was a Daimyo for centuries; his majordomo Bib Fortuna succeeded him briefly after his death.

The Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure ruled a criminal empire during the Republic Era[4] and the Imperial Era.[5] Having spread his operations and influence across the Outer Rim Territories,[6] and earning great wealth and riches out of various criminal activities such as smuggling and slave trading.[7]

Jabba was harsh, and would demand endless tributes from various local factions and governments on Tatooine in order to keep them in line. These vassals, out of fear, would not dare challenge the ruthless crime lord.[2] Many of Jabba's captains accrued wealth and riches under the Hutt.[8]

Rise and fall of Bib Fortuna[]

"He was a terrible leader with no right to the throne."
―Fennec Shand, referring to Bib Fortuna[8]

Following Jabba's demise, his majordomo Bib Fortuna seized power and amassed servants and slaves of his own.[9] Jabba's former captains quickly left when Fortuna claimed to be the heir. Fennec Shand claimed that Fortuna was a "terrible leader" with no legitimate claim on Jabba's throne. This resulted in the captains attempting to take his place, but were thwarted by Fortuna's guile and treachery.[8]

Fortuna's reign ended when he was killed by Boba Fett; a former bounty hunter who worked with Jabba's syndicate[3] as well as the Galactic Empire.[10] Fett swore to kill Fortuna for betraying him.[8]

Reign of Boba Fett[]

"You should remember, you serve as long as the Daimyo of Tatooine deem it so."
―Boba Fett, to Mok Shaiz[3]

Boba Fett killed Fortuna in order to become the new Daimyo of Mos Espa.

In the aftermath of Fortuna's death, Fett founded his own criminal empire as the self-proclaimed Daimyo of Mos Espa and Tatooine.[3] Fett accepted payments of tribute[2] and vowed to bring order to the Worker's District of Mos Espa. The office of Mayor of Mos Espa lacked real power[1] and was therefore subordinate to the Daimyo.[3] Unlike Fortuna who enriched Mayor Mok Shaiz in an effort to hold onto power,[1] Fett attempted to assert authority over the mayor by exacting tribute from Shaiz.[3] The water-monger Lortha Peel offered to double his tribute to the Daimyo in exchange for protection against a street gang that had been stealing his water inventory. Instead, Fett hired the gang after Drash and Skad informed him about the unemployment and profiteering in his district. Fett also instructed Peel to lower his prices or relocate his business to Mos Eisley.[1]

Residence[]

"It was their monastery before Jabba moved in. He's adapted much of their architecture since taking over."
Canno Wix[11]

The palace was the fortress of the Daimyo.

Daimyos resided in a large palace[2] on the fringes of the Northern Dune Sea[6] in Mos Espa.[2] The structure was a fortress, with a defensive design that focused primarily on protection from attack.[12] It was once a monastery that belonged to the B'omarr Order, a religious community who believed in isolating themselves from all physical stimuli to enhance their mental powers. The earliest parts of the monastery were underground, and included a mine.[13]

List of Daimyos[]

Period Daimyo
4 ABY[14] Jabba SWSB.png
Jabba Desilijic Tiure[2]
c. 4 ABY–c. 9 ABY[15] BibFortuna-DGTmoTMS2.png
Bib Fortuna[3]
c. 9 ABY—[16] TBBF Boba Fett.png
Boba Fett[3]

Behind the scenes[]

The term daimyo originally comes from the Japanese, meaning "great name" or "large estate." During Japan's "Age of Warring States," the term came to generally represent the title held by any feudal lord or vassal of the shogun.[source?]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 The Book of Boba Fett logo.png The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 The Book of Boba Fett logo.png The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 1: Stranger in a Strange Land"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 The Book of Boba Fett logo.png The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine"
  4. Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
  5. Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ultimate Star Wars
  7. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi junior novelization
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 The Book of Boba Fett logo.png The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 4: The Gathering Storm"
  9. The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 16: The Rescue"
  10. The Book of Boba Fett logo.png The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 6: From the Desert Comes a Stranger"
  11. Choose Your Destiny: An Escape Mission
  12. Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  13. Star Wars: Complete Locations
  14. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  15. The flashback events of "Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa," take place between the rescue of Han Solo, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 4 ABY and the attack on Jabba's Palace. The attack on Jabba's Palace, depicted in "Chapter 16: The Rescue," is dated to be around 9 ABY by "Jabba the Hutt and Other Bounty Hunters and Criminals". As the present-time of The Book of Boba Fett occurs shortly after the attack, The Book of Boba Fett must also take place around 9 ABY.
  16. The attack on Jabba's Palace, depicted in "Chapter 16: The Rescue," is dated to be around 9 ABY by "Jabba the Hutt and Other Bounty Hunters and Criminals". As the present-time of The Book of Boba Fett occurs shortly after the attack, The Book of Boba Fett must also take place around 9 ABY.

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