Have you ever had an experience like this Dilbert comic?
This reminds me about working in a new company, or on a new team, in a new department, with a strict union, etc. Strange how complicated work and relationships / territory / job security / sense of worth or importance can make some things that seem to be easily understood into situations that are much more complex. Power and positionality in organizations are often more complex than they seem at face value.
Perhaps the lessons here will help reveal us to who will win in the next presidential election?