Excerpted from The Zen of Story Structure
The Universe Class is where any fixed state of affairs is explored, such as an institution, system, or situation that remains stable and unchanging. The point may be to show that the system is good, bad, or neutral, but the focus must be on the system, not on how the system is changing.
DEFINITION: Universe: a situation or environment.
SYNONYMS: a situation, a set of circumstances, state of affairs, predicament, environment, milieu.
DYNAMIC PAIR: Mind, a fixed attitude or outlook.