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.
See also: banana, republic

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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'Revolution means revolt, anarchy, insurgency, breakdown of law and order which can only happen in the Banana Republic and Nigeria is not a Banana Republic, it is being governed by a constitution and as a responsible organisation, we will not sit down and watch to allow such a thing to happen in Nigeria with our core mandate.
'This was an abject decision by a home secretary apparently so intent on furthering his leadership ambitions that he has lost sight of sovereignty, treating the UK as a banana republic incapable of regulating its own citizens,' said Lord Macdonald, who was director of public prosecutions of England and Wales between 2003 and 2008.
9 presidential debate, a Clinton campaign manager (http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-second-presidential-debate-live-1476079412-htmlstory.html) said:  "Trump was talking like he would become some dictator of a banana republic and throw [Clinton] and his political enemies in jail." 
We are a banana republic not because of the Supreme Court, Quicho said.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an likes to make the following remark very frequently: "Turkey is not a banana republic." However, the disaster in Soma is now telling us that we will test whether Turkey is a banana republic.
A racist thug threw a banana at a footballer and a judge's failure to jail two white collar crooks firmly established Ireland as a banana republic.
Election judge Richard Mawrey said fraud in the city "would have disgraced a banana republic" and claimed Ms Homer, who was the city's returning officer in her role as chief executive, had "thrown the rule book out of the window".
So be it - just as long as they are not thinking of turning Britain into a banana republic.
If people like her get their way, and this country withdraws from Europe, they will turn this country into a banana republic without bananas.
If Gordon Brown doesn't get the message that bank regulation needs an urgent and drastic overhaul we really are in danger of becoming a banana republic - but without any bananas to sell.
Ambassador Paul Robinson, who they said treated Canada much like a banana republic.
Japan Airlines is facing the kind of difficulties more associated with a banana republic then one of the world's most important airlines.
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.
"Switzerland is not a banana republic," fumed Claude Smadja, managing director of the World Economic Forum, during a tense press conference held during the closing days of its gala annual meeting in the ski resort town of Davos, not far from the Austrian border.
SINN Fein will turn Ireland into a banana republic because they still have a private army, it was claimed yesterday.