banana republic

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banana republic

A small country, often led by a corrupt government, whose economy depends upon either one internally-produced commodity or the revenue generated by foreign companies or investors. The dictator's insistence that the tiny island nation double down on its dominate export has made it even more of a banana republic.
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banana republic

a small tropical state, especially one in central America, whose economy is regarded as wholly dependent on its fruit-exporting trade. derogatory
See also: banana, republic
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html) said:  "Trump was talking like he would become some dictator of a banana republic and throw [Clinton] and his political enemies in jail.
Juan Ponce Enrile, criticizing Justice Secretary Leila de Lima's view that the ruling set the state of the Philippine justice system back to that of a banana republic.
We are a banana republic not because of the Supreme Court, Quicho said.
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.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an likes to make the following remark very frequently: "Turkey is not a banana republic.
If Turkey is not a banana republic, we should not consider the tragedy in Soma to be fate.
So be it - just as long as they are not thinking of turning Britain into a banana republic.
Ambassador Paul Robinson, who they said treated Canada much like a banana republic.
SINN Fein will turn Ireland into a banana republic because they still have a private army, it was claimed yesterday.
SIR - Perhaps you would allow me to take issue with Tim Williams (The Western Mail letters, August 12) and his typically comic view of Wales under the Assembly as a banana republic without the bananas.
To fly well-heeled Republicans from over the country, to protest and storm the state's hand-recounting room, trying to break through the door to do who knows what, it really is like a banana republic.
For Official Rules, prize descriptions and odds disclosure, see a Banana Republic store associate.
WALES could look like a banana republic if a referendum on the euro was held on the same day as the next National Assembly elections, a Tory AM has warned.
Mr Davies said that postponing the council elections yet allowing the referendum to be held would make Wales look more like a banana republic than a modern democracy.
True, some of the jokes are dated, but having the late outspoken sportscaster Howard Cossell playing himself in ``Bananas'' - first doing play-by-play of a banana republic revolution and then of the wedding of Fielding Mellish (Allen), the film's nebbish hero - is comic genius.