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Does Frank Herbert ever state who took over governorship of the planet Caladan after House Atreides departed for Arrakis? It seems to be implied that they gave Caladan up rather than governing both it and Arrakis. In contrast the Harkonnens govern Geidi Prime, their homeworld, and also governed Arrakis until the Emperor ordered the change.

I don't recall anything in the novel discussing what happened to Caladan after the Atreides departed. Was it mentioned in any of Herbert's sequels, or did he discuss it in interviews or leave notes?

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I don’t have the quote on hand, I’m posting this from memory, but the novel did mention that Count Fenring was (presumably) temporarily given control of Caladan until a new house could be chosen to take permanent control, reinforced by both dune.fandom and Wikipedia mentioning he was ‘Siridar-Absentia’ of Caladan.

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  • thank you, I actually just re read it but missed this. It is a dense work though. I will have a look myself and see if I can spot the relevant passage.
    – skyjack
    Jul 22 at 22:49
  • I believe this quote from Appendix III is what you're thinking of ("All accounts agree that Fenring was the closest friend Shaddam IV possessed. The Imperial chores carried out by Count Fenring included that of Imperial Agent on Arrakis during the Harkonnen regime there and later Siridar-Absentia of Caladan. He joined Shaddam IV in retirement on Salusa Secundus."
    – Valorum
    Jul 24 at 6:45
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From the Dune wiki:

After the Atreides moved to Arrakis, Count Hasimir Fenring was named Siridar-Absentia of Caladan. However, when House Atreides ascended to the Golden Lion Throne in 10193 AG following the Arrakis Revolt, Caladan once again came under the direct rule of the Atreides.

Before Dune, Fenring was the Emperor's Imperial Agent on Arrakis.

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