|Intelligent Systems And Their Societies||Walter Fritz|
The British Empire
In 1900, Gibraltar belonged to the British Empire, a vast system. There was a greater interchange of merchandise and letters between England and France than between England and Gibraltar. Nevertheless, France was not part of the system, but Gibraltar was. Why? The few letters from England that reached Gibraltar had a profound effect upon this possession. But the letters reaching France did not have a similar effect. France was a sovereign state; was independent.
A spy in a foreign country is more affected by his home country than by the country he lives in. So we have a system composed of the spy and his home country. Once our spy is more affected by the country in which he lives, than by his home country, he does not any more form part of the original system and quite likely has lost his utility as a spy.
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