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12th Mar '17 3:31:19 AM DeepRed
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* Kathmandu (For the last decade or so): With Nepal being sandwiched between the two next likely superpowers, and a strategic prize for either, the capital has become like this. Sympathetic towards India mostly, but makes sure to keep Beijing in the loop.

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* Kathmandu (For (since about the last decade or so): early 2000s): With Nepal being sandwiched between the two next likely superpowers, and a strategic prize for either, the capital has become like this. Sympathetic towards India mostly, but makes sure to keep Beijing in the loop.
1st Feb '17 4:54:00 AM DukeofFinland
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** For a while it looked like that Helsinki had lost its importance as a spy city in the aftermath of the cold war. However following the Russian annexation of Crimea and military intervention in Ukraine, spy activity has once again spiked and according to Finnish Security Intelligence Service it has reached Cold War era levels.

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** For a while it looked like that Helsinki had lost its importance as a spy city in the aftermath of the cold war. Cold War as Finland was no longer situated in between two powerful military alliances. However following the Russian annexation of Crimea and military intervention in Ukraine, Syria and the resulting tensions with the United States, spy activity has once again spiked and according to Finnish Security Intelligence Service it has reached Cold War era levels.
1st Feb '17 4:51:18 AM DukeofFinland
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* Helsinki (UsefulNotes/ColdWar): Because it was close to the Soviet Union, largely sympathetic to the West, but neutral. The Finns were quite aware of their situation, practicing a policy of "bowing to the East in such a way that it could not be seen as mooning the West."

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* Helsinki (UsefulNotes/ColdWar): (UsefulNotes/ColdWar, present):
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Because it was close to the Soviet Union, largely sympathetic to the West, but neutral. The Finns were quite aware of their situation, practicing a policy of "bowing to the East in such a way that it could not be seen as mooning the West.""
** For a while it looked like that Helsinki had lost its importance as a spy city in the aftermath of the cold war. However following the Russian annexation of Crimea and military intervention in Ukraine, spy activity has once again spiked and according to Finnish Security Intelligence Service it has reached Cold War era levels.
2nd Jan '17 6:01:50 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': King's Landing is rife with spies for various members of the DeadlyDecadentCourt. In one scene, Littlefinger is polite enough to point out several of them, including his own.
20th Nov '16 8:29:17 AM JustinCognito
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* In ''TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent'', any city with a huge Unchained presence quickly becomes a city of spies. The demons must constantly stay one step ahead of the God-Machine, unraveling its plans through moves and countermoves. Most demons organize themselves in small Rings, and many cities have Agencies that can offer demons resources, be they cash, safehouses, or host bodies.
20th Nov '16 1:12:40 AM Xtifr
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* In Creator/WilliamTenn's short, "Lisbon Cubed", Earth itself turns out be a conveniently located neutral site where dozens of aliens species secretly run their competing spy rings, spying on each other, while Earth remains unaware of the ''existence'' of aliens. The name is a reference to the historical role the city of Lisbon in Portugal played as a spy center during [=WWII=].

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* In Creator/WilliamTenn's short, "Lisbon Cubed", Earth itself turns out be a conveniently located neutral site where dozens of aliens alien species secretly run their competing spy rings, spying on each other, while Earth remains unaware of the ''existence'' of aliens. The name is a reference to the historical role the city of Lisbon in Portugal played as a spy center during [=WWII=].
20th Nov '16 1:10:24 AM Xtifr
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* In Creator/WilliamTenn's short, "Lisbon Cubed", Earth itself turns out be a conveniently located neutral site where dozens of aliens species secretly run their competing spy rings, spying on each other, while Earth remains unaware of the ''existence'' of aliens. The name is a reference to the historical role the city of Lisbon in Portugal played as a spy center during [=WWII=].
20th Nov '16 12:46:50 AM Xtifr
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* In Robert Sheckley's "Spy Story", there's an entire ''planet'' settled exclusively by the spies come to spy on the main protagonist.

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* In Robert Sheckley's Creator/RobertSheckley's "Spy Story", there's an entire ''planet'' settled exclusively by the spies come to spy on the main protagonist.
9th Nov '16 2:03:38 PM LordInsane
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* ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity Override'' has two separate things that fit this in different ways. One is Pax Station, which as pretty much the sole place in which in the United Earth-Voinian Empire peace treaty meaningfully exists is a centre of intrigue, from Voinians hiring human mercenaries to UE agents retrieving Voinian defectors. The other is the entire Igadzra culture -- all three of the Strands have a [[PlanetOfHats thing]] as a deliberate policy, and the Igadzra thing is something like devious paranoia. This both means that Igadzra tend to spy on ''other'' Igadzra and have led to the Igadzra having the most sophisticated and extensive intelligence agencies and clandestine scheming amongst the Strands.
26th Oct '16 12:41:58 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''OurManInHavannah''. Bet you can't guess which city.

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* ''OurManInHavannah''.''Film/OurManInHavannah''. Bet you can't guess which city.



* King's Landing in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', though to a lesser extent than some of the other examples on this page, does have a large number of spies for different factions. Although they don't figure into the War of the Five Kings much,supplementary materials indicate that Braavos and Volantis (as well as the other Free Cities) have in the past served in this role

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* King's Landing in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', though to a lesser extent than some of the other examples on this page, does have a large number of spies for different factions. Although they don't figure into the War of the Five Kings much,supplementary materials indicate that Braavos and Volantis (as well as the other Free Cities) have in the past served in this role
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