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19th May '17 6:36:18 PM DeepRed
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* Tallinn, Estonia (Today), because it was once part of the Soviet Union, but is now firmly in the Western camp (part of the EU and NATO). Since 2008 the city is home to the UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} Cyber Defense Center. This last is not particularly surprising: Internet penetration in Estonia is ridiculously high (the country was the first to hold official online elections), the country has a large number of internet-based companies, and Estonian systems are a common target for Russian hackers.

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* Tallinn, Estonia (Today), because it was once part of the Soviet Union, but is now firmly in the Western camp (part of the EU and NATO). Since 2008 the city is home to the UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} Cyber Defense Center. This last is not particularly surprising: Internet penetration in Estonia is ridiculously high (the country was the first to hold official online elections), the country has a large number of internet-based companies, companies including Skype, and Estonian systems are a common target for Russian hackers.
10th May '17 11:26:04 AM Codefreak5
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* The AI in ''VideoGame/CivilizationV'' will almost always plant its spies in the city with the highest espionage potential (because they can steal technologies from it faster), which is based on science output per turn and therefore [[ArtificialStupidity almost certainly a/the player's capital]], especially in single-player. Place one counterspy in your capital and watch him rapidly level up to Special Agent by killing spies from around the world every few turns as world leader after world leader crawls to you, embarrassed and begging for forgiveness.

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* The AI in ''VideoGame/CivilizationV'' ''[[VideoGame/{{Civilization}} Civilization V]]'' will almost always plant its spies in the city with the highest espionage potential (because they can steal technologies from it faster), which is based on science output per turn and therefore [[ArtificialStupidity almost certainly a/the player's capital]], especially in single-player. Place one counterspy in your capital and watch him rapidly level up to Special Agent by killing spies from around the world every few turns as world leader after world leader crawls to you, embarrassed and begging for forgiveness.
9th Apr '17 8:50:30 AM nombretomado
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* Pottsylvania from ''RockyAndBullwinkle'' is shown to be a whole country of spies in the few times it is shown.

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* Pottsylvania from ''RockyAndBullwinkle'' ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' is shown to be a whole country of spies in the few times it is shown.
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=].
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