In Dune (2021), Thufir showed Paul silos which are used to hold spice:

Thufir: These are spice silos. We're meant to fill every crate.

Paul: All of them?

Thufir: Every 25 standard days. Harkonnen sabotage slows us down.

Paul: But who's meant to arbitrate? Isn't there a Judge of the Change to oversee the transition?

What "transition" is Paul referring to?

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The 'transition' is the process of change in planetary leadership of Arrakis from the Harkonnen to the Atreides. This is arbitrated by Kynes, the Imperial Planetologist who is acting as 'Judge of the Change' with power and authority to call shenanigans if the Harkonnen get caught cheating.

“As you wish,” the Duke said. He glanced down at Paul. “Son, this is the Judge of the Change, the arbiter of dispute, the man set here to see that the forms are obeyed in our assumption of power over this fief.” He glanced at Kynes. “And this is my son.”


Theoretically, the Harkonnen are supposed to arrange for an orderly takeover, leaving in place both equipment and personnel. In reality they do everything they can, short of open malfeasance to make the transition as difficult as possible in the hopes that this will distract the Atreides leadership from the genuine attack that is to be enacted shortly.

”We will have to take it at the point of the sword,“ Leto said. He turned to Hawat. ”This’d be a good point to report on equipment. How many sandcrawlers, harvesters, spice factories, and supporting equipment have they left us?“

”A full complement, as it says in the Imperial inventory audited by the Judge of the Change, my Lord,“ Hawat said. He gestured for an aide to pass him a folder, opened the folder on the table in front of him. ”They neglect to mention that less than half the crawlers are operable, that only about a third have carryalls to fly them to spice sands–that everything the Harkonnens left us is ready to break down and fall apart. We’ll be lucky to get half the equipment into operation and luckier yet if a fourth of it’s still working six months from now.“

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