banana republic


banana republic


  • a small, poor country with a weak, corrupt or dishonest government
  • a small country, run by corrupt politicians and they are usually dependent on one commodity
  • a derogatory term used to describe a small tropical state (usually in Central America) that is dependent on the export of fruit for survival

Example Sentences

  1. If the current Prime Minister wins the election again, nobody can save our country from becoming a banana republic.
  2. “Biden was acting like he wanted to become some dictator of a banana republic and throw [Trump] and his political enemies in jail.”
  3. “Trump was talking like he would become some dictator of a banana republic and throw [Clinton] and his political enemies in jail.”
  4. We are a banana republic because of the insensitive and inept governance that De Lima seeks to protect with a ferocity that brooks no opposition even from a coequal branch like the judiciary, Quicho said, echoing the Vice President’s tirades against the Aquino administration.
  5. The citizens fear that the country will become a banana republic if the government fails to curb the corruption.
  6. Mango people in banana republic” is the latest idiom addition to the Indian political lexicon by Robert Vadra.


The term was first used in 1904 by the American writer O. Henry. While on the run from the government after being charged with embezzlement, he found refuge in a cheap hotel in Honduras. While there, he wrote a collection of short stories called “Cabbages and Kings“.

One of the stories was set in the fictional country of Anchuria, a “small, maritime banana republic.” It was evident that the country he had used as inspiration was Honduras.

The “banana republic” originated when Captain Lorenzo D. Baker introduced the banana to the Western world. He bought them in Jamaica and sold them in Boston at a 1000% profit. The country became a single-purpose economy for the US.


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Interesting how people can claim things like corruption and ineptitude for the current administration (in 2023), when compared to the the previous one, the current bunch are saints and geniuses. 🙂

People who think they know everything, but research nothing. The reason for most of the problems in the world.

‒ The One Who Researches April 8, 2023

Your Trump example isn’t aging well. 🙄 It seems that he was willing to forgo prosecuting the obvious crimes of HRC, when he was given the opportunity. The example was up-ended when Trump was indicted by a DA who ran on jailing his political enemies.

‒ MURDOCK April 3, 2023

You might want to update your example of Trump to say…
“The U.S. is slowly becoming a banana republic thanks to the ineptitude and corruption of the current administration.”
You’re welcome.

‒ Non-Bidenary American-Mexican February 25, 2023

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