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For the mission in GTA III, see The Exchange (mission). For the mission in GTA Vice City Stories, see The Exchange (GTA VCS).
The Exchange at night, as viewed to the north from over neighboring Castle Gardens.

The Exchange is a neighborhood in southern Algonquin, Liberty City in Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. It borders City Hall and Chinatown to the north by Calcium Street, Fishmarket South to the east by Albany Avenue, Barium Street and Union Drive East, Castle Gardens to the south by the South Parkway and Castle Garden City to the west by Union Drive West.

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The Exchange occupies nearly all built-up areas of lower Algonquin, and serves as Liberty City's historical downtown area. The area is characterized by multiple narrow streets lined with towering skyscrapers, most likely office buildings, a handful of cobblestone roads visible in portions of the city, and few green spaces. In comparison to midtown Algonquin, the Exchange's commercial occupants are presumed to lean towards more conservative corporate organizations and big business, and as a result the district is commonly depicted with pedestrians donning suits and other formal attires.

Points of interest

Like much of Algonquin south of Topaz Street, Exchange is intended to lay host to a number of high-class organizations and retail outlets. In gameplay, however, the area boasts only one of two Perseus clothing stores in the city, as well as housing the offices of Goldberg, Ligner & Shyster. A non-interactive Al Dente's restaurant is also based in The Exchange.

Influences

The Exchange is evidently the in-game equivalent of Manhattan's Financial District in New York City. In comparison to other districts in Algonquin, however, the Exchange's design in detail is less adherent to that of its real-life counterpart. While developers of the game have taken artistic liberties when designing and creating some of the district's buildings, elements of buildings from Manhattan's Financial District may still be visible if inspected in detail.

Buildings in the Financial District that serve as inspirations for buildings in the Exchange include:

  • The New York Stock Exchange building. The in-game rendition is, in fact, a solitary structure when the NYSE building is a wall-to-wall building. The facade is also significantly toned down and modeled differently, although the general profile of the game's rendition bears a resemblance to the NYSE building.
  • 17 Battery Place (Whitehall Building). GTA IV's rendition appears to only incorporate the top most facade of Greater Whitehall (the taller building) and repeat the facade for much of the surface of both the game's smaller and larger buildings. In addition, the open archway adjoined to both the original Whitehall Building and Greater Whitehall is included in the game's rendition.
  • 55 Broad Street. The top tier of the building is significantly shorten in the on-game rendition, and shares a similar black marble-clad base as 80 Pine Street, just accross the street from 55 Broad Street.
  • 104-124 Broadway (Equitable Building). 69 Exchange, at the northwest border with City Hall and Chinatown, is a adapted reproduction of the building, with similar but toned down setbacks on the facade on three sides of the building facing streets. As a result, 69 Exchange's tower does not follow the Equitable Building's "H" design, but one more like a "K". The building is further reused and placed in the eastern edge of Star Junction (with a "Brawls: Liberty City" frontage).
  • 1 New York Plaza [1], redone as a single tower but otherwise similar in facade design.
  • 17 State Street [2]. In comparison to its real-life inspiration, the game's rendition appears to feature additions on the facade and a less smoother profile.
  • One Wall Street. The GTA IV rendition appears to be similar to the building only by its facade design (as the game's rendition is not a tower, unlike One Wall Street) Even so, the game's rendition has a completely rearranged facade design, but certain features may still be easily indentified, such as vaulted and pointed windows, and limestone walls.
  • 23 Wall Street, which in-game rendition is featured twice in two locations. One, located in the inner areas of the district, is significantly redesigned to fit into a lot where one side is curved. While the real-life building stands on its own, the in-game renditions serve as foundations for taller skyscrapers.
  • 40 Wall Street [3]. The game's rendition shares a similar facade design as part of 40 Wall Street, and is somewhat similar in terms of structural design, with a crowned roof topped with a pinnacle. However, the building's design is somewhat simplified. The design of the upper tower in the game deviates by featuring additional extended layers towards the top, and the roof is shallower than its real-life counterpart. These could be attributed by height issues in game.
  • 77 Water Street. Largely similar to the game's rendition by its facade, but otherwise is different in terms of structural form. The base of the building house the Goldberg, Ligner and Shyster legal firm.
  • Downtown Athletic Club [4] (20 West Street (formerly 19)) and the adjoining 21 West Street. The game's rendition of 20 West lacks its majestic Art Deco grand entrance, instead opting for a more generic base design based on 20 West's rear. The base of the building cluster houses an Al Dente's restaurant.

Transportation

The Liberty City Subway does not serve this district. Stations close to this district include the Castle Gardens Station and the City Hall Station.

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The Exchange
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Old Republic era

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Underworld

«The Exchange is like a Hutta fungus with none of the slow, creeping subtlety!»
Vogga the Hutt

The Exchange was a criminal organization active around 4,000 BBY, and possibly the most powerful of its time, that dealt in spice smuggling, extortion, weapon trafficking, slave trading, and bounty hunting. The organization was active on many planets and employed notorious bounty hunters such as Calo Nord. During the First Jedi Purge, they posted a huge bounty on live Jedi, large enough to purchase an entire planet.

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Organization

The Exchange maintained organized cells on various worlds of interest; each of those planetary cells was led by a single boss who ruled over Exchange interests on that world. Some Exchange bosses were Davik Kang, the crime lord of the planet Taris, Loppak Slusk of Telos IV, and Goto of Nar Shaddaa. The bosses reported to sector chiefs, who had no cells of their own and operated under secret identities, leading normal lives. Even the bosses did not know who the chiefs were in real life, since most communications were done over secret, secure communications channels. The chiefs in turn reported to the head of the Exchange, who was himself one of the sector chiefs. It was often locally represented by sham fronts, such as Citadel Station's Bumani Exchange Corporation.

History

"The Exchange is a big crime outfit, mostly operating out of Nar Shaddaa: spice running, gun trafficking, slave trading."
Atton Rand
Davik Kang, Exchange head of Taris.

The Exchange was an extremely powerful criminal organization that operated throughout much of the Outer Rim Territories. The shadowy group was led by an even more mysterious entity called the Compeer, with a command structure that included individual crime lords controlling profitable worlds. The only way to be accepted into this elite group was to be nominated by several other crime lords.

The Exchange was briefly yet significantly involved with, and damaged by, two important figures around the time of the Jedi Civil War: Revan and the Jedi Exile. In 3,956 BBY, Revan infiltrated the Exchange headquarters on Taris and killed its local leader, Davik Kang. Five years later, the Jedi Exile arrived on Nar Shaddaa. She proceeded to destabilize the Exchange's operations on the moon by killing the crime lords Saquesh and Visquis, and by destroying the Visionary. G0-T0 went along with the Exile in hopes of stabilizing the galaxy. He was eventually destroyed on Malachor V when the Mass Shadow Generator was re-activated and blew up the planet along with G0-T0.

G0-T0

Main article: G0-T0
G0-T0, Exchange head of Nar Shaddaa.

Goto was the Exchange boss of Nar Shaddaa. He was never seen in person, and appeared only as a hologram. This was because 'Goto' was not an organic being: he was a droid (G0-T0) using the hologram to give the impression that he was a living being. Eventually, he would travel with the Jedi Exile.

G0-T0 managed to use the illegal actions of the Exchange for his ultimate purpose of stabilizing the Galactic Republic. Its smuggling ring caused the deaths of destabilizing persons or organizations, developed unofficial profits for entire sectors, and strengthened Republic worlds that would otherwise be poor and ignored. Believing that the major source of the Republic's problems revolved around the Jedi Civil War, it also enacted bounties for live Jedi and Sith. Many bounty hunters simply killed Jedi and Sith instead of capturing them, but the outcome remained: less Jedi or Sith to fight against each other meant less fighting period. G0-T0, as part of his programming, was simply interested in keeping the Republic in order and keeping its infrastructure intact due to the devastation caused by the Jedi Civil War.

Downfall

According to Kreia's predictions before her death on Malachor V, the Exchange grew in power, until the Hutts ceased tolerating the Exchange, causing it to slowly feed upon itself.

Appearances

  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 48: Demon, Part 2 (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (First appearance)
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

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This article uses material from the "Exchange" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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