USC/001 [PART 1]
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The myriad of codes and messages found on most early 21st century urban surfaces provides great opportunities for covert messaging between agents. This is particularly important for newly arrived, for whom it is crucial to decode correctly any clues that might lead them to their team, supervisors, or give other instructions regarding their mission. Graffiti, as it is also known, is particularly well-suited for this kind of covert messaging, as it requires no electronic equipment for sender or recipient. All agents, as part of their pre-departure training, spend at least one module on the use of graffiti, yet the random nature of most missions, and the subtle difference of styles and forms, which exist between the various timeframes and locations, make it impossible to give precise instructions to agents pre-departure. All agents are trained to adapt to any given time and space environment, yet survival in the first few days after arrival often depends on an agent's individual ability to not only decode their new environment correctly, but being able to detect and follow tracks left by other agents.
The images above show New York style Graffiti, a style that was originally developed in New York City in the early 1970ies, but by the early 21st century had become the most prevalent form of urban Graffiti globally. This type of Graffiti can be divided into pieces (large scale, elaborate, multicolored artworks) and tags (simple, stylized words or writings), both of which usually present the name of an individual Graffiti writer or a writing crew, sometimes accompanied by messages for other writers or the general public. Because of its idiosyncratic and encoded nature, which is hard to understand for any outsider, this type of Graffiti is the perfect environment for agents to leave tracks, messages or instructions without arousing unnecessary suspicion. Agents are advised, however, to familiarize themselves thoroughly with this type of Graffiti for various reasons, not least because in particular tags often mark rivaling territories, which, if intruded, may be defended violently.

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