Green Goddess worshipers with snail-darter/spotted owl side dishes. The usual Ruling Class scum.
Now for the part that's interesting:
Gee. A rich, greedy, haughty, overbearing demi-regent living several thousand miles to the East decrees that the serfs will either pay up or move out, and there's a 'rebellion'?
Sounds vaguely familiar.
Added, from Ticker:
HT: Cold Fury