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Local 253 was a sector of the Moisture Farmers of Tatooine, an organization of moisture farmers that was formed by[1] 4 ABY. In that year,[2] the Human male Ardon Crell was a representative of local 253,[1] having been elected by his peers to serve as a liaison between local 253 and the desert planet Tatooine's Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure. Crell was present in Jabba's Palace on Tatooine, delivering money he collected from the Moisture Farmers of Tatooine to Jabba in exchange for the crime lord arranging the moisture farmers' protection from Tatooine's indigenous Tusken Raider species.[3]

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The term "local 253" was coined on Ardon Crell's card for the[1] May 1998[4] Jabba's Palace Limited expansion set of Decipher, Inc.'s Star Wars Customizable Card Game.[1] While "local 253" is the capitalization used on that card,[1] Star Wars: Behind the Magic, released[3] September 1 of the same year,[5] along with Crell's entry in 2008's The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, would instead use the "Local 253" capitalization.[6] The number 253 is shared with Decipher's address of 253 Granby St, Norfolk, Virginia.[7]

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