With the General nowhere in sight (many believe that he had a few too many
conversations with Captain Morgan and Jim Beam the night before), arguments
quickly broke out and two factions soon formed. The Diamondeers,
consisting of John, Tony, Joe, Chris, Rick, and Marty, all of whom had
close business ties with the General and his wife,
saw no problem with Queenie's spending and felt it was "good for the
economy". (John and Tony sell the couple lavish jewelry virtually every month,
Joe provides state of the art home electronics, Chris is pursuing a
landscaping deal purportedly worth millions, and Rick and Marty developed
their estate houses.) Clearly, with such lucrative deals on the line,
there is no doubt that their loyalties to the General's Wife run deep.
Opposing the Diamondeers was a band of fiscal conservatives riding under
the name Rough Riders, including Will, Frank, Steve, Paul and
Karl. Their quest was nothing short of a balanced budget and full
accountability of corporate funds. They wanted Queenie to immediately
cease all construction projects, return all new clothes and postpone
delivery of the horses.
In addition to these veteran battlers, two father-son teams Justin & Tom
and Jesse & Jeff were given a tour of the lavish compound, complete with
marble floors, gold bathroom fixtures and diamond chandeliers.
Having seen too much, the Rough Riders demanded answers to their questions.
Queenie politely refused, offering everyone mint tea on her
new patio, served on a new silver platter by a "waiter" carrying automatic
weapons. War broke out immediately.