Candy Land

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A picture of Candy Land, during its golden age.

The reader already knows that Candy Land was a board game for children--the simplest of all board games, a veritable planar training ground, with dice rolling and advancing a pawn, for the adept playing of board games yet to come. Unfortunately, the young contestants, while smacking their lips, never asked the key question: "Why should a land be edible?"

However, when they became adults, the U.S. Government, taking control of heavily polluted properties under the Superfund Act, would indeed insist that the pollution be "remediated" to the extent that a small child could eat the dirt, every other day for a year, and not get sick. Seriously.

During the second Obama administration, an administrative czar decreed that the soil should not only be edible but should be delicious. Internal debate as to whether to achieve this through sugar or artificial sweeteners is discussed elsewhere. The basis of this decree, however, was not Saul Alinski but an actual Candy Land, a lush candied Kingdom in the vicinity of storied Mesopotamia. Unified in 1835, it was highly sought after by many nations, its ruler was Empress Candy, the self-proclaimed Duchess of Desserts; and it was the site of much notorious history before its downfall at the hands of the Dental Regime of the British Empire in 1944.

A timeline of Candy Land[edit]

Candy Land at its territorial apogee, cira 1920, superimposed over modern borders
  • 1835 - Candy Land is unified by Empress Candy, beginning a 21-year reign
  • 1856 - Empress Candy is assassinated by the Council of Three Musketeers. A totalitarian Dictatorship is established under the guise of an Indian Casino. Baby Ruthless is declared Das Fuhrer.
  • 1861 - Baby Ruthless builds candied death camps in several specific locations, for unknown reasons.
  • 1864 - The "Year of the Bloody Rainbow"--The Skittle Genocide begins.
  • 1868 - The Caramel Revolt begins.
  • 1876 - Baby Ruthless is publicly executed by Revolutionaries. Pretenders vie for power, leading to a state of total anarchy.
  • 1879 - A hero is born from the deepest recesses of the factories: a Skittle named Ernest. He went to camp, and to jail and to school, and finally to war.
  • 1881 - After 5 years of lawlessness a small faction of Nerds seizes power.
  • 1886 - Candy Land's Golden age begins. It will last 40 years, and much joy and prosperity will take place, along with many embarrassing office-party photos.
  • 1926 - After 40 years of peace and prosperity, Candy Land's economy goes into rapid decline, sending it into a 13-year depression, thanks to Ernest spending all the money on booze and prostitutes.
  • 1935 - The Great Candy Corn Genocide begins.
  • 1938 - The Great Candy Corn Genocide ends. It turns out Walmart's president was pretty drunk when he started it, and he didn't mean to. He's sorry.
  • 1942 - The United Dental Regime of the British Empire, aided by the Kingdom of Iraq, invades Candy Land, seeing it as a threat to good dental hygiene for children at a time when dentists were needed for the war effort.
  • 1944 - After 2 years of intense warfare, Candy Land falls, and eventually becomes what is today known as the "Uninhabited Regions of Western Iraq" after suffering severe damage to its irrigation systems.

The sweet war against terrorism[edit]

After the September 11 attacks, George W. Bush sent Joseph C. Wilson to Niger to find out what Saddam Hussein was up to, apart from plotting against his father. Wilson reported that Hussein's agents were inquiring locally about "yellowcake," a term obviously referring to bubble gum. Bush told Congress that Hussein was accumulating the means to cause more cavities throughout the United States.

Congress agreed that it was vital for national defense to dispatch 150,000 coalition troops armed with toothbrushes. After Bush lost his majority in Congress, he sent 30,000 more, with new Rules of Engagement enabling them to floss the enemy. That produced a brighter smile and fresher breath. However, the WMD (Weapons of Mass Dentistry[1]) were never found.

  1. Spinmeisters on the right insist on using the more palatable phrase, "Weapons of Mass Dessertion."