''The Spanish and the Austrians want to know what the Swedes are doing here and the Swedes want to know what the Hapsburgs are doing here. The French want to know what the Catholics, and, well everyone is doing here. The Italians want to know what the other Italians and the Spaniards are doing here.
Like all spaceports, Mos Eisley is a melting pot of sentient creatures, from honest traders to fugitives to bounty hunters. Many of the inhabitants have taken up spying as a profession, keeping careful tabs on every being who comes and goes, hoping to find someone else willing to pay for the information they've gathered.
—Senior Anthropologist Hoole, The Illustrated Star Wars Universe