Gambling in Creeperopolis

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Gambling is a controversial political, legal, and moral topic in Creeperopolis. Since the First Parliamentary Era, the legal status of gambling in Creeperopolis has changed several times. As of 2021, the Creeperian government has no official laws regarding the legal status of gambling; instead, the government allows each department to decide its own gambling laws, one of the few regards in which the very authoritarian, centralized, and unitary Creeperian government acts like a federation.

History

The history of gambling in Creeperopolis prior to the First Parliamentary Era is not well known, but it is generally assumed to have been illegal due to the Parliament legalizing gambling in 1619 by Prime Minister Fidel Moreno Dávalos. All forms of gambling were legalized in the process. Following the Revolution of Restoration, gambling was made completely illegal by King Manuel III in 1771.

Gambling was made legal during the reign of Adolfo III in 1852, however, many restrictions were in effect. In 1888, Prime Minister Inhué Ordóñez Yepes removed all restrictions on gambling, but they were reversed and gambling was made completely illegal by Antonio Sáenz Heredia in 1903. Ordóñez Yepes made gambling legal again in 1908, followed by Sáenz Heredia making it illegal again in 1913, Ordóñez Yepes legalizing it in 1918, and Sáenz Heredia making it illegal in 1923. Édgar Cazalla Beldad made gambling legal in 1928 and it remained legal until 1933 when the Catholic Imperial Restoration Council and National Council for Peace and Order both outlawed gambling citing the war effort as reasoning.

Following the conclusion of the civil war, some Creeperian government officials sought to legalize gambling as there was no need to keep it illegal, but any motions to legalize it were blocked by Sáenz Heredia. Following his death in 1957, mayors managed to legalize all forms of gambling, however, in 1979, Minister of Internal Affairs Agustín Lanusse Melendez as a result of the beginning of the Mara War. His successor, Fortunato Galtieri Castelli, allowed gambling to be legalized in 1990 with many restrictions.

During the Alfonsisto, all forms of gambling were made illegal. Following the 2003 Creeperian coup d'état, gambling remained illegal, however in 2007, Santiago Azaña Yagüe decided to allow the departments to set their own laws regarding gambling, leaving no national law or opinion on the status of gambling.

Legality

Type of Legal Gambling in Departments
Department Charitable Pari-mutuel Lotteries Commercial Online Sports betting
Abdan Yes No No No No No
Adolfosburg Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Atlántida Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Atlántida del Sur Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cantoño Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Castilliano Yes No Yes No No Yes
Costa Rica Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Deltino No No No No No No
Helam Yes No No No No No
Isla Atlántida Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jakiz Yes No No No No No
La'Libertad del Norte Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
La'Libertad del Sur Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
La'Unión Yes No No No No Yes
Nuevo Atlántida Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Salvador Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
San Carlos Islands Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
San Luís Yes No Yes No No No
San Miguel No No No No No No
San Pablo Yes No Yes No No Yes
San Pedro Yes No Yes No No No
San Romero Yes No No No No Yes
San Salvador Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
San Salvador del Norte Yes No No No No Yes
Santa Ana Yes No No No Yes Yes
Santa María Yes No No No No No
Senvar No No No No No No
Sonsatepan No No No No No No
23x15px Sonsonate Yes No No No No No
Zapatista No No No No No No

Gambling and the Church

Officially, the Creeperian Catholic Church does not regard gambling as a sin. According to former Archbishop of San Salvador Romero Galdámez Alas, "[gambling] is not considered sinful except when the indulgence in it is inconsistent with duty."

See also