I would say that it [What type of economy is the most profitable?] depends on your presidential character traits and flaws, the type of island you have, and the overall goal you have in mind. ...
It's a hard question to answer with a short "Do this, and you'll win every time." ...
Although he spent a lot of time just making vacuous posts to run-up his total so he could be "postmaster general", he knew the game and how to play it. But I have to fault him for getting the three critical issues in reverse order.
Someone could have made this game into an even bigger winner if they had done so.
When you set out to play a random map\game, do you have a story-line in mind? Perhaps it could be asked as, do you have a role to play and place to play it? Or are you just wandering out to be sucked-up by "whatever"
happens today -- so long as it doesn't take too long? My word, the PopTop folks gave you a very brief story-line. At least you could add to that. Oh, I see! In grade and high school, you just hated to do 'creative writing' because you could not write about seeing and feeling the opposite (or maybe not so opposite) gender's genitals. You could write about what you would like to eat other than the lunch 'mystery meat' - but that was no fun because it required no imagination.
Now we know. Either you haven't matured past the imagining genitals stage, or you are a veteran of the "break the game" brigade. Since it isn't spelled out in large print, it's hard to understand that the first step in a really enjoyable gameplay experience is becoming absorbed in the game world by thinking about what you wish to do there.
Having thought about it, you need to consider all the game set-up options in the order they are presented to you. The physical character of the island is a lot more important than the character of El Presidente. Sorry Eddie, but please think about it.http://www.the-nextlevel.com/tropico/cafe/index.php?topic=5449.msg212896#msg212896
Now you can go on to roll all the dies to create the character you are going to role-play just like the good old high school dungeons & dragons days.