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22nd Aug '16 9:02:10 PM AirofMystery
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** Lampshaded in all conceivable versions of ''Literature/CasinoRoyale'' by Bond girl Vesper Lynd.

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** Lampshaded in all conceivable versions of ''Literature/CasinoRoyale'' by Bond girl Vesper Lynd.Lynd (a pun on 'West Berlin').
28th May '16 2:03:09 PM DaibhidC
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* Grantville in ''Literature/1632'' becomes this in later books, as everyone and his mother wants to get their hands on up-time technology. Subverted in that the spying is done fairly openly - most of the information they want is public knowledge, and the Americans don't actually care that much.

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* Grantville in ''Literature/1632'' ''Literature/{{1632}}'' becomes this in later books, as everyone and his mother wants to get their hands on up-time technology. Subverted in that the spying is done fairly openly - most of the information they want is public knowledge, and the Americans don't actually care that much.much.
* In the ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' novel ''Death and Diplomacy'', spying, deception and intrigue are the [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] of the Saloi, to the point that every Saloi is secretly spying on not only their two enemy cultures, but every other Saloi. (Except it's ''not'' a secret, because everybody ''knows'' that, so maybe that's just what they ''want'' people to think, and so on...)
21st May '16 11:51:45 AM pratchettgaiman
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* 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.

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* 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
** Essentially anywhere [[TheSpymaster Varys']] influence extends could count as such, thanks to his network of "little birds".
1st Apr '16 11:09:42 AM ObsidianFire
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** The [[PeaceConference Congress of Vienna]] at the end of UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars was a great time for this as well. The British delegation went so far as to [[GenreSavvy take their own service staff]] on the way with them, knowing that every Austrian they hired would [[TheButlerDidIt be working for the Austrian government]]. Others [[GenreBlindness didn't think of this]] and as a result the Austrians picked them blind.

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** The [[PeaceConference Congress of Vienna]] at the end of UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars was a great time for this as well. The British delegation went so far as to [[GenreSavvy take their own service staff]] staff on the way with them, knowing that every Austrian they hired would [[TheButlerDidIt be working for the Austrian government]]. Others [[GenreBlindness didn't think of this]] this and as a result the Austrians picked them blind.



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20th Jan '16 2:29:30 PM Bulby08
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* ''Series/Chuck'': In the episode, Chuck Versus the Suburbs, Chuck and Sarah go undercover in the suburb of Meadow Branch to find a Fulcrum agent. Later in the episode, it is revealed that the entire cul de sac is actually a front for Fulcrum, which is trying to build their own intersect.

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* ''Series/Chuck'': ''Chuck'': In the episode, Chuck Versus the Suburbs, Chuck and Sarah go undercover in the suburb of Meadow Branch to find a Fulcrum agent. Later in the episode, it is revealed that the entire cul de sac is actually a front for Fulcrum, which is trying to build their own intersect.
20th Jan '16 2:25:59 PM Bulby08
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* ''Series/Chuck'': In the episode, Chuck Versus the Suburbs, Chuck and Sarah go undercover in the suburb of Meadow Branch to find a Fulcrum agent. Later in the episode, it is revealed that the entire cul de sac is actually a front for Fulcrum, which is trying to build their own intersect.
20th Sep '15 5:14:43 PM nombretomado
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** The [[PeaceConference Congress of Vienna]] at the end of the NapoleonicWars was a great time for this as well. The British delegation went so far as to [[GenreSavvy take their own service staff]] on the way with them, knowing that every Austrian they hired would [[TheButlerDidIt be working for the Austrian government]]. Others [[GenreBlindness didn't think of this]] and as a result the Austrians picked them blind.

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** The [[PeaceConference Congress of Vienna]] at the end of the NapoleonicWars UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars was a great time for this as well. The British delegation went so far as to [[GenreSavvy take their own service staff]] on the way with them, knowing that every Austrian they hired would [[TheButlerDidIt be working for the Austrian government]]. Others [[GenreBlindness didn't think of this]] and as a result the Austrians picked them blind.
5th Sep '15 7:14:07 PM nombretomado
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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 {{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 {{NATO}} 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.
16th Aug '15 5:54:26 AM jadmire
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As can be seen from the list below, if a city has been (or is) either the capital of a Great Power, or a focus of international conflict/intrigue at one time or another, it will become a real CityOfSpies. Some of the best examples are:
16th Aug '15 5:50:17 AM jadmire
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** It's not just unfriendly countries (the Communist bloc during the Cold War, China and Russia today) that have a major espionage presence in Washington. There was a major scandal in the late 1980's when Israel, one of the U.S.'s closest allies, was caught conducting nuclear-related espionage, and commercial competitors of the U.S. engage in serious industrial/technical espionage efforts. The F.B.I.'s counterintelligence division has a more than full-time job on its hands keeping track of all these spies and controlling their efforts.
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