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The Ballistic Equipment & Space Patrol Armory, or simply BESPA (ベスパ), is the name of the Zanscare imperial army. Originally the Side 2 branch of the Earth Federation Forces' very own MS development think-tank, the SNRI.

History

BESPA was established simultaneously following the founding of the Side 2 movement initiated by the Zanscare Empire. The SNRI Side 2 branch was forcibly occupied and personnel and research facilities were requisitioned to provide the mobile weapons for the small nation; as the Earth Federation had fallen on hard times, the new BESPA weapons allowed them to more than handle the EF's outmoded weaponry.

Mobile Suit Development Facilities

  • Amelia (アメリア?)
A facility located in the Zanscare Empire's capital in Side 2. The site of BESPA's early MS development, the space-use Zoloat was developed here. In addition, the development of next-generation MS such as the Tomliat, Shokew, Contio, and Zollidia was done here.
  • Super-Psyco Research Institute (スーパーサイコ研究所?)
Responsible for the development of the Zanneck, Gengaozo, and Rig Contio.
  • Neo Cartagena (ネオ・カタルヘナ?)
A BESPA development base located on the Moon. Development of special machines such as the Recarl, Abigor, and Doggorla were carried out here.
  • Largane (ラゲーン?)
BESPA's Earth facility, it was used as the forward base of Zanscare's Earth invasion [1]. The mass-production Zolo was developed here as well as the experimental Godzorla, Galguyu, and Memedorza.

Branches

  • Yellow Jacket
  • Pippiniden Company
  • Gadarl Corps
  • Keilas Guilie Fleet
  • Zugan Fleet
  • Motorad Fleet
  • Local Guard Division
  • Tassilo Fleet

Trivia

  • The acronym of "BESPA" is taken from the Italian word "vespa", meaning "wasp"; see BESPA logo, "Yellow Jacket" branch, etc. It is something of a pun, as Japanese uses the same sound for the B and V sounds of other languages.

References

  1. NEW Mobile Suit Variation Handbook 1



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