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Mos Espa

Desert Port City

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Mos Espa is one of few port cities on Tatooine. Domed buildings protect the citizens against the glare of the twin suns and the scorching heat. Among the dwellings, workspaces, and commercial operations of many bizarre kinds there are also entertainment areas, including some of colossal scale. The famed Mos Espa Grand Arena can can hold an audience almost as large as the city's entire population.

Most of Mos Espa's inhabitants are settlers and subsistence earners who scratch out a meager living as best they can. The only real wealth in Mos Espa is tied up in gambling and off-world trade, especially in the lucrative black market beyond the trade laws and controls of the galactic government.

In the time of the Republic, slavery persisted in Mos Espa, though the despicable trade was outlawed elsewhere. An entire section of the city's outskirts had been transformed into Slave Quarters. The true powers in control of Mos Espa were the Hutt gangsters, who found slavery a useful institution for their purposes, and Tatooine's remoteness allowed them to practice their illegal ventures.

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Appearances
  1. Episode I
  2. Episode II
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Tatooine

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Anakin Skywalker

Anakin Skywalker

Anakin Skywalker grew up in the dusty streets of Mos Espa ever since he and his mother were sold as slaves to Watto, a local junk dealer. Anakin's technical and racing skills afforded him a longer leash than most slaves, and he would explore the Slave Quarters. The amiable boy befriended travelers from afar, learning about the galaxy at large and fueling his dreams of someday escaping slavery.

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Shmi Skywalker Lars

Shmi Skywalker

Shmi Skywalker looked over her son, Anakin, while living in a hovel in the Slave Quarters of Mos Espa. After Anakin departed Tatooine to pursue life as a Jedi Knight, Shmi remained in Mos Espa until freed by a compassionate moisture farmer named Cliegg Lars.

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Watto

Watto

Watto ran a junk shop in Mos Espa, offering scraps of technology to desperate travelers in need of spare parts. The junkyard behind his shop was filled with all manner of technology, maintained and modified by the gifted Anakin Skywalker.

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Sebulba

Sebulba

A local celebrity due to his lengthy streak of undefeated racing championships, Sebulba strutted like a hero in the cafes and maintenance garages of Mos Espa.

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Tatooine

Tatooine

The desert planet Tatooine lies outside the influence of the Galactic Republic, and is controlled by the Hutt criminal empire. The desert planet is home to Jabba the Hutt's operations.

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