Note: Readers may be wondering about the "first estate" comment in panel five. 31st-century UNS political scientists use a revised and expanded form of the estate model as a shorthand for describing where power lies.
The model is, imperfect, obviously, and is a source of significant contention. Is the Plutorliament, a legislative body comprised of purchased seats, part of Estate Five, or Estate Two? Is the "Judges Punch & Judy" show part of Estate Four, or Estate Three? And finally, is the Office of the President truly at the top of the First Estate, or is it just an appendage to the media in Estate Four?