- "I wished to discuss the governorship of Birren. Your staff must have been researching the matter for weeks now. When will you be traveling there for your inauguration?"
- ―Carise Sindian, to Leia Organa
Birren was a small, quiet Inner Rim planet that was originally settled by both Alderaanian and Arkanisian explorers. Its head of state was a ceremonial monarch referred to as the supreme governor. Birren was reputed for its rituals that invariably lasted for several weeks. When Lord Mellowyn died without an heir, the figurehead governorship of Birren should have passed to his closest living relative, Senator Leia Organa of Alderaan. However, since Organa had no interest in claiming the title, she gave the throne of Birren to Lady Carise Sindian of Arkanis. Days later, after discovering that Sindian had broken the royal seal by exposing the identity of Organa's true father, the senator managed to convince the Elder Houses to strip Sindian of all her titles.