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* GambitRoulette: Even called out in-universe, when a character wonders how humans could be so easily manipulated that they can be predicted.


* DoubleMeaningTitle: "The Squares of the City" both refers to the city's public spaces and implies the metaphor of the city as one big chess board.



* PunBasedTitle: "The Squares of the City" both refers to the city's public spaces and implies the metaphor of the city as one big chess board.

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* [[Main/FalseCause Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc]]: Discussed in-universe. Hakluyt briefly ponders that his arrival seems to have triggered a sequence of violent events, but concludes that it's more likely that his being employed by the city, and the unrest, were both caused by the political problems plaguing Vados.

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''The Squares of the City'' is a science fiction novel by Creator/JohnBrunner.

The protagonist, Boyd Hakluyt, is hired as a consultant by the government of Aguazul, a nation somewhere in Latin America; they're having some traffic control problems in their shiny newly-built captial city, Vados. As the story progresses, he has his eyes opened to the social and political issues underlying the problem -- and also becomes aware that the citizens of Vados are being subtly manipulated by some external force.

!!This novel contains examples of:

* BananaRepublic: Aguazul.
* TheChessmaster: The chess-motif-laden novel appropriately has one as the villain.
* ChessMotifs: All over the place.
* ConstrainedWriting: As explained in an afterword, the plot is based on a chess game (specifically the 1892 world championship game between Wilhelm Steinitz and Mikhail Chigorin), with key characters representing various pieces and their interactions representing their positions; when a piece has the potential to take another piece, this is echoed in the story with one character being under threat from another, and when a piece is taken, the corresponding character is "taken out of the game" by death or imprisonment.
* {{Egopolis}}: The new capital city, Vados, is named after the current head of state, President Vados.
* ForScience: The motivation of one of the villains; for him, it's all about getting to try out his techniques in real-world conditions, and never mind about fiddly ethical considerations.
* HumanChess: The leaders of the city play it.
* PunBasedTitle: "The Squares of the City" both refers to the city's public spaces and implies the metaphor of the city as one big chess board.
* SubliminalSeduction: Used to manipulate the population.

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