Covert Ops - Vancouver CIA

Note: this web site is fictional. It is a setting for a roleplaying game called Covert Ops, by DWD Studios, a fine game by some outstanding people.

The game is set in Vancouver, the third largest city in Canada (and largest on the west coast of said country). It has the largest port in the country, and one of the largest in North America (including the fourth largest cruise ship terminal in the world). The characters will be a team of CIA field officers, exiled to a place where nothing happens, for reasons other than incompetence (they angered someone more important than themselves, but not by doing a bad job). There’s a lot of tourist traffic, and only half of the permanent population considers English their 1st language. Outside of Los Angeles and New York City, it has the largest film and television production industry in North America, with all the “that’s weird, but not notable” stuff that goes with that. With the average detached home running $1.2 million, it’s one of the most expensive places in the world to live, and has neighborhoods that range from extremely wealthy to one of the first skid rows in the world. Vancouver has the highest crime rate in Canada (though not so high compared to many US cities).  And it’s only a few miles from the longest undefended national border in the world.

Add in a very busy port, and the unions that go with it, and border and customs officials who have a tendency to be either sympathetic to the US, or willing to take bribes to make that mortgage payment (or both), and a picture emerges of a place where the CIA would has a significant staff of case officers, to manage their various local assets (people they bribe, or blackmail, or otherwise coerce or seduce in to helping), and a good sized staff of analysts, looking for anything interesting in all that port and tourist traffic, but not much in the way of gunfire or explosives. A convenient place to move people or contraband in to and out of the US secretly.

    Their operations are controlled from the Consulate, but are not in it. Instead, their office is ostensibly an import/export company near the docks.

Everything on this site was written for my own game of Covert Ops, from DWD Studios, and is shared under the same Creative Commons License as that game. Nothing in this document is intended to challenge their ownership of any of their copyrights or trademarks.


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