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->''"Although the United States is, uh, a very rich country and San Marcos is a very poor one, there are a great many things we have to offer your country in return for aid. For instance, there, uh, there are locusts."''
-->-- '''[[Creator/WoodyAllen Fielding Mellish]]''', ''Film/{{Bananas}}''

Any backwards tropical country (usually fictitious, often Latin American) that is ruled by a small corrupt clique (often presided over by TheGeneralissimo). Also known in Spanish as "República Bananera" or "República del Plátano". Usually a PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny or a PuppetState. Will probably contain [[JailbirdOfPanama Jailbirds of Panama]].

The terms has its origins in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Fruit_Company United Fruit Company]], an honest-to-god MegaCorp with a CorruptCorporateExecutive approach. With the help of their buddies in the {{CIA}}, and some well-intentioned and not so well intentioned American presidents, United Fruit created countless US-friendly military dictatorships throughout the tropics dedicated to growing '''''bananas'''''. In these countries, United Fruit paid extremely low wages and close to zero taxes. Marxist and Maoist guerrillas surfaced everywhere, and a cycle of civil wars and dictatorial overthrows ensued.

Since it was usually the Communists who opposed the dictatorships [[note]](even though they [[MeetTheNewBoss didn't necessarily establish democratic or egalitarian societies]] [[FullCircleRevolution once they got to power;]] see Cuba, where they did the latter but not the former)[[/note]], in Latin America, the term is associated with countries that have governments that are controlled by multinational corporations, and not with just ''any'' decadent dictatorship per se. In Europe and the U.S, the connotation tends to fall more closely with that of any dictatorship in any tropical country, capitalist, socialist, or what have you. Although, possible exceptions notwithstanding, there aren't really any left in Latin America these days, [[TruthInTelevision they can still be found]] in Africa and Southeast Asia.

May be called "Val Verde". As seen below, however, there is a whole catalogue of fictional names for these countries.

Similar to {{Ruritania}}, {{Qurac}}, and {{Bulungi}}, but easier to [[CaliforniaDoubling fake on a budget]].

No relation to the clothing brand nor [[WebVideo/ElBananero the Banana Guy]].



* This UsefulNotes/NewZealand-produced [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4O71U3SSuk 1980 advert]] for Pixie Caramel, directed by Creator/RogerDonaldson.
* Parodied in a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTpe-k7S588 Polish beer commercial]], in which an unnamed Hispanic country undergoes a peaceful democratic revolution thanks to the power of beer.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/LupinIIIDeadOrAlive'', the fictional country of Zufu gets a subtle LampshadeHanging by being ''placed'' in the Banana Republic. The corrupt government is a military dictatorship, which has actually sent the previously prosperous nation into a sharp decline. At the end, the dictatorship is overthrown, but no government is set up to replace it, yet. Other indicators suggest that the nation is Latin American.
* A mild version in ''Anime/MichikoToHatchin''. There are police, but they're rarely there when you need them. However, since the main character ''is'' [[DarkActionGirl a criminal]], the law's absence may be justified.

[[folder:Board Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Junta}}'' is set in such a country, called [[GratuitousSpanish "La Republica de los Bananas".]] It might actually be a StealthPun, at least in Portuguese: since things have gender in Romance languages, the correct form should be "La Republica de las Bananas", since bananas use female articles. Instead it's an adjective due to it using a male article, with "Bananas" being slang with the same meaning it has in English: crazy. Each player represents a faction within the corrupt ruling clique, and the goal of the game is to successfully [[CorruptPolitician divert foreign aid money]] into your SwissBankAccount.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* San Theodoros, in the ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' series, notable for having two rival military juntas who [[MeetTheNewBoss take turns ousting each other]]. General Alcazar's junta is even said to be financed by a banana company in ''Tintin and the Picaros''. However, the rival junta of General Tapioca (yes, Tapioca) has more in common with the stereotype - lots of hideously over the top uniforms, cigars, foreign aid (the fictional Communist state of Borduria).
** And to round out the stereotypes, a dash of ArgentinaIsNaziland thanks to Colonel Sponz' PuttingOnTheReich aesthetic.
** Worse: in "The Broken Ear", we see two representatives of different oil companies addressing to the presidents of San Theodoros and the neighbouring Republic of Nuevo Rico, which then fight over a piece of land shared by both, where Oil has been found. At the end of the episode, some scientist realizes there is not Oil there, actually. Then we see a newspaper's headline announcing the end of the war. Meanwhile, a representative of (legal) weapon dealers [[WarForFunAndProfit visits both governments, one after another selling them expensive equipment for the war]].
* Managua in ''ComicBook/BuckDanny'', located in the Caribbean sea. It appear 2 or 3 time in the course of the series with different governement each time. Two albums took place there during one of those revolution.
** Funnily enough, a real place with that name exists, except it's not a country, but a city - it's the capital of Nicaragua.
* Corto Maltese, the island nation which the US and the Soviet Union went to war over in the 1986 graphic novel series ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' (named after the lead character in the Italian comic series of the same name).
** It was mentioned in the 1989 Film/{{Batman}} film.
* Santa Prisca shows up a lot in various Franchise/{{Batman}}-related titles.
* Ciudad Barranquilla from the ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' comics fits this type to a T, but is notable in that the corrupt and murderous regime was recently replaced by an (equally corrupt and murderous) puppet regime [[TruthInTelevision by the Judges of Mega City One]].
* Sierra Gordo in ''ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel''. They even had [[ShownTheirWork a revolution which was fomented by the North American Banana Monopoly]].
* Palombia in ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio''. Its political regime is so unstable, revolutions are a quasi-daily occurrence.
* ''ComicBook/BenoitBrisefer'' had one where the dictatorship was split between the three generals of the army, air force and navy. Thanks to ATeamFiring, the citizens go about their business as usual, though they complain that the melons without bullet holes are getting expensive.
* Tapasambal (a Mexican rather than South American version, the economy is based on the cactus) and Platopabo (government agents, revolutionaries, counter-revolutionaries, counter-counter-revolutionaries, and the natives) in ''ComicBook/AchilleTalon''.
* Costa Verde in ''ComicBook/{{XIII}}''. The local UsefulNotes/CheGuevara analogue turned to have betrayed the hero to the government because of his ItsAllAboutMe attitude.
* The sheer number of these in the MarvelUniverse is revealed with the Marvel Atlas. In Central/South America alone, there's Costa Verde, Terra Verde and Tierra Verde, all of which were created at different times for different comics.
* One ComicBook/ChickTract portrayed one of these, threatened by a (cynical) communist revolutionary, in [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0053/0053_01.asp "Fat Cats"]] (1989).
* Zymbodia and Zhato in ''ComicBook/LoveAndRockets''. Less stereotypical than many examples since the creators are Hispanic.
* A cartoon that ran in one magazine showed Hispanic-looking revolutionaries overrunning the dictator's office. The dictator, confronting the revolutionary leader, snarled, "You fool -- '''I'm''' [=CIA=], [[FlockOfWolves too]]!"
* Bazililand in ''ComicBook/SteelgripStarkeyAndTheAllPurposePowerTool'', ruled by the dictator General Kingu.
* ''ComicBook/RicHochet'' has the country of Varaiso in South America, which is ran by a military dictatorship. While a great resort for tourism, Ric is disgusted that visitors are actually enjoying themselves and turn a blind eye to the people's poverty. His father Richard is helping to stage a coup and Ric is dragged along.
* A particularly shining example in ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' miniseries ''[[ComicBook/ThePunisherPresentsBarracuda Barracuda]]''. The current president got rich from the contra deals ([[DamnedByAFoolsPraise and had an enormous statue of Ronald Reagan built in his mansion's yard in gratitude]]), his country is a major exporter of drugs (which the US isn't doing anything about since he was put there by the CIA), and is nearly ousted by a rival general.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The Military Republic of Santa Banana in French Canadian film ''Elvis Gratton''. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: a backward Spanish-speaking tropical island-sate, complete with its dictators and military coups. The national airline is called Air Banana and the national food is... you guessed it.
* San Marcos in the Creator/WoodyAllen movie ''Film/{{Bananas}}''. Fielding Mellish's speech to American diplomats is a [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Crowning Moment of Funny]].
* It is heavily implied that the Mirandan Republic in ''Film/TheDiscreetCharmOfTheBourgeoisie'' is like this.
** "[[StealthPun Mirandan]]", as in famous banana-wearing dancer CarmenMiranda.
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** The Republic of Isthmus, hideout of BigBad Franz Sanchez, in ''Film/LicenceToKill''. Its MeaningfulName betrays it as an {{Expy}} for Panama.
** Preceding that was an AnonymousRinger for Cuba (and Castro) whose latest-generation fighter jet gets destroyed by Bond in ''Film/{{Octopussy}}''.
** {{Averted}} in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', that portrays Haiti and Bolivia as highly unstable and corrupt countries that tend to fall under dictatorships every so often.
* Parador from the romantic comedy ''Film/MoonOverParador'' is another classic example (with a wonderful performance by Creator/RaulJulia as the EvilChancellor).
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Val_Verde_%28fictional_country%29 Val Verde]], a placeholder Banana Republic in four action movies: ''Film/{{Commando}}'', ''Film/{{Predator}}'', ''Supercarrier'' and ''Film/DieHard2''.
* La República De Los Cocos (The Republic of The Coconuts) in ''Su Excelencia'' is like this to the point of having 4 presidents in 20 minutes.
* The unnamed island country in Creator/HaroldLloyd's silent 1923 comedy ''Why Worry?''.
* San Carlos in the Creator/ChuckNorris action vehicle ''Film/DeltaForce2TheColombianConnection''.
* A lot of the action in ''Film/TheExpendables'' takes place on an island said to be between the Gulf of Mexico and South America called Vilena.
* The Republic of Costa Estrella, the rival state of the Kingdom of Costa Luna, in ''Film/PrincessProtectionProgram'', ruled by a LargeHam of a military dictator.
* In the film ''Film/TheInLaws'', General Garcia's mansion is located on United Fruit Way.
* In the Dutch movie ''Abeltje'', the entire second half takes place in the fictional banana republic Perugona (set in the South Pacific near Chile according to the maps) where one of the main characters, a clueless moth ball salesman, is made El Presidente just after a coup by the guerillas has ousted the previous leader. There's even a scene right after where the guerilla leader fantasizes about being the president, before realizing that [[RevolvingDoorRevolution his reign would probably be a bit too short for his own liking]] and appointing a puppet would be wiser.

* Russian joke: What's the difference between an oil state and a banana republic? Bananas are a renewable resource.

* OlderThanTelevision: Several of Creator/OHenry's writings take place in these. His ''Cabbages and Kings'' (1904) is the [[TropeNamer origin]] of the term "banana republic."
* ''Literature/TheSympathizer'': The narrator, a Communist spy who thinks very little of the South Vietnamese government, refers to South Vietnam as a "jackfruit republic."
* The unnamed country in the Creator/StephenKing short story "In The Deathroom".
* Canastarica, a Central American republic in the parodic gangster novels about "Dickie" Dick Dickens by Rolf and Alexandra Becker. The protagonist accidentally becomes dictator there, but absconds when he sees the risks inherent in the job.
** In another DDD story, an exiled politician from one of these, Meranda, comes to Chicago to try to gather money and support from wealthy Americans. [[spoiler:Except he is an American conman, having killed and impersonated the politician...]]
* Vespugia, in Creator/MadeleineLEngle's ''Literature/ASwiftlyTiltingPlanet''.
* ''Literature/CatsCradle'' by Kurt Vonnegut largely takes place in a fictional banana republic, the island of San Lorenzo.
* Joseph Conrad's 1904 novel ''Nostromo'' is set in Costaguana, a fictional South American banana republic that is also prone to revolution. Much political power is held by a foreign mining company.
** That last part is somewhat of a reflection of the state of affairs in Cuba pre-Castro, although it was sugar there.
* The Republic Of Sacramento from the Brazilian novel ''O Senhor Embaxaidor''. The story is pretty much a dead ringer of the history of Cuba in the 1940's and 1950's
* The Republic of Fernando Poo in the ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}} Trilogy,'' an island (a real one, by the way) off the West Coast of Africa where Captain Jesus Tequila y Mota has seized power and seceded from Equatorial Guinea, precipitating a civil war and an international confrontation between the U.S., the Soviet Union and China (but it's all part of the Illuminati's EvilPlan to Immanentize the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Eschaton]]).
** For the record: "Jesus Tequila y Mota" means "Jesus Tequila and Weed".
* Tom Hauptman spent ten years imprisoned in one of these in the ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'' story "The Time Traveller".
* The eponymous ''San Sombrèro'' in ''San Sombrèro: A Land of Carnivals, Cocktails and Coups'' (from the creators of [[{{Ruritania}} Molvania]] and [[HolidayInCambodia Phaic Tan]]).
* RecycledInSpace in ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat For President''. "Slippery Jim" [=diGriz=] seeks to topple a planetary dictator by exploiting his need to maintain a facade of democracy.
* The village of Macondo in ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude'' is set in such a country (assumed to be Colombia.) The story comes complete with banana-growing plantation owned by the notoriously corrupt United Fruit Company, which in the book persuades the Colombian army to [[spoiler: massacre all the workers. This actually happened in real life and is remembered as the massacre of the banana growers (masacre de los bananeros)]].
* Although ''Literature/TheKingdomsOfEvil'' resemble Mordor, they are actually a Banana Republic.
* [[Literature/TheSaint Simon Templar]], in Leslie Charteris' original novella "The Wonderful War", helped overthrow the corrupt government of the Republic of Pasala, which was actually a Oil Republic. In the TV series, the episode of the same title changed the setting to a {{Qurac}}.
* In Latin America there's a whole style of books dealing with this. They're called "dictator novel" and, like the name implies, they tend to focus more on the man with the power rather than the country itself.
* San Marcos in Richard Powell's ''Don Quixote, U.S.A.''. Creator/WoodyAllen may or may not have read this particular novel before making ''Film/{{Bananas}}''.
* Boca Grande in Joan Didion's 1977 novel ''A Book of Common Prayer''.
* ''Literature/NickVelvet'': In "The Theft of the Meager Beavers" (one of the odder entries in the series), Nick is hired to steal a baseball team and deliver them to a specific banana republic.
* Aguazual in ''Literature/TheSquaresOfTheCity''.
* In the fourth book of ''Literature/TheDireSaga'', Dire is working with the Peace Corps in the South American city of Isla Mariposa when the revolution accidentally gets kicked off and Dire finds she needs to seize control of the country to guide it to survival.
* ''{{Literature/Banco}}'' is set against the backdrop of twenty years of Venezuela's turbulent political climate. ''[[TheCoup Coup d'etats]]'' are a too common fact of life in the country and the government forcefully changes hands multiple times during the book. Papillon is briefly an accessory to a failed coup attempt when his desire to bankroll his revenge reaches a truly desperate level—otherwise he wants nothing to do with revolutionaries, in part because he feels a debt of gratitude to the Betancourt government for setting him free and giving him a second chance. Things become dicey in the later years when he's making an honest living with Rita under the Jiménez regime, who employs SecretPolice to hunt down dissenters and squeeze legitimate business owners until his overthrow in 1958.
* Santa Barbara under the dictator Don Lopez de Meruel, as described in ''Literature/SardHarker'' and ''Literature/{{Odtaa}}''. Complete with a foreign corporation, the United Sugar Company, propping up the dictatorship in support of its own economic interests.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/MacGyver1985'' found himself in quite a few of these in Latin America as well as Africa. One particular episode had Mac being sequestered by his {{CIA}} operative friend Abe into kidnapping a South American dictator. When Abe tells Mac this is because said dictator was on CIA's payroll, only for him to double cross them, we get this priceless exchange:
-->'''Mac:''' I don't believe it. First [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece Noriega, then Iran-Contra]] now this! Tell me, is there ''anyone'' you guys ''haven't'' financed yet?\\
'''Abe:''' ''[as if stating [[CaptainObvious the incredibly obvious]]]'' [[StrawmanPolitical The Democrats!]]
* The IMF in ''Series/MissionImpossible'' were dispatched to one of these countries almost every episode where they weren't sent to {{Ruritania}}, it seems.
* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' featured a few as the source of the antagonist(s) of the episode.
* Argentinian comedian Alberto Olmedo made a series of sketches called "Pais Bananero" (Banana Country) about a stereotyped Banana Republic whose name was "Costa Pobre" (Pobre = Poor).
* ''Series/TheATeam'' tended to travel to one of these every few episodes. Sometimes it would a horribly stereotypical version of a real country, like Venezuela and Colombia in a Season 2 episode, but it could also be a fictional country, like the uncreatively named "Republic of Caraguay."
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' used the real Venezuela for the episode "Sister City", which centers around visiting delegates from Pawnee's sister city in that country. The main cast assume Venezuela is a poor, developing-nation version of this trope and try to introduce the visitors to many of their first world luxuries, until the delegates explain that their government is actually very rich because of Venezuela's oil deposits and that rural, working-class Pawnee looks/smells like garbage to them in comparison. On the other hand (and this is ''also'' true, more or less), Venezuela is portrayed as more or less an oppressive regime with a CultOfPersonality around UsefulNotes/HugoChavez and substantial but not-frequently-talked-about inequality.[[note]]There's a bit of real-life subtext here, as the leader of the Venezuelan delegation was played by Fred Armisen, who is Venezuelan on his mother's side and not particularly happy about the Chavista regime.[[/note]]
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' has "Costa Gravas", with a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed hammy Fidel Castro-ish leader]] to boot.
** Interestingly, one episode has Premier Alejandro Goya (played by Creator/ArmandAssante) overthrown by his NumberTwo in cahoots with Goya's own wife, supposedly because Goya has forgotten his revolutionary (i.e. communist) ideals and has become a typical decadent dictator. It later turns out that she was merely upset that her husband does not take her seriously (yes, a marriage squabble that results in a coup). Everything goes back to normal (with the exception of the EvilChancellor, who gets arrested) once the couple reconciles, and Goya makes his wife the Secretary of State.
* The classic Israeli skit show ''TheChamberQuintet'' had a series of skits referring to the concept. Several actors (one at a time) would make long rants about something that annoys them to the person responsible (one talks about the poor product quality at the café he’s in, another about her spouse’s poor sexual habits, another about the poor quality of a book he’d bought), ending the rant with, ‘What is this, a banana republic?!’ In the final skit, another actor walks around a supermarket, accidentally gets hit on the head by a cluster of bananas hung by a string, and says, ‘What is this, a banana republic?!’
* The Fast Show had a recurring sketch featuring a TV channel called 'Chanel 9', from a fictitious European country called "Republicca Democratia Militaria", run by El Presidente. The country is a parody of the sort of TV seen by British tourists in Spain during Franco's rule, with elements of other Mediterranean countries thrown in.
* The pilot episode of ''[[Series/MrLucky Mr. Lucky]]'' is set on the Spanish-speaking island-nation of "Guatamaca," presumed to be located somewhere in the Caribbean Sea, ruled by a corrupt dictator.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Subverted in the ninth season episode “Secret Agent Man”. While on a {{CIA}} mission in the {{UsefulNotes/Philippines}}, Harm’s partner Beth O’Neill has managed to get caught by the local police. Harm goes to the police station and tries to first play the act of an ignorant American tourist. When that doesn’t work he changes to a tactic which completely misfires.
-->'''Harm:''' All right, I get it. What's it gonna cost?\\
'''Police Officer:''' What? You think that we are some kind of banana republic here where every official is for sale? You listen to me. You just go back to your nice comfortable tourist hotel and you think about it. (Starts shouting aggressively in Tagalog)
* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Catalina is from one of these. [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield The country is variously somewhere in Mexico, La Paz, Bolivia, and "Guadelatucky."]]
* ''Series/GetSmart'' visited several of these.
* ''Series/{{Scorpion}}'' sees most of the team kidnapped and taken to somewhere that speaks Spanish, and the team goes through a list of potential countries within a three-and-a-half hour flight from Los Angeles. [[FamousFamousFictional "Guatemala, Honduras...I hope it's not Norteguay."]] Almost immediately, their captors come in to formally welcome them to Norteguay.

* Lampshaded by Music/TheRamones in "Havana Affair".
* The Bruce Cockburn song "If I Had a Rocket Launcher" was written in response to visiting a Guatemalan refugee camp in Mexico, and talks about the helicopters which regularly crossed the border to strafe it.
* The Music/BoomtownRats did a single called ''Banana Republic'', a scathing, and regarded as most unpatriotic, TakeThat at the Republic of Ireland, which they likened to a third world corrupt Latin American dictatorship, only attached to the edge of Europe. At the time (middle-late 1970's) Ireland was something of a backwater state, relatively poor, marginalised, and economically dependent on Great Britain. Music/BobGeldof and the boys went to town on their native country being socially repressive and over-religious.
-->''Everywhere you go, Everywhere you see,\\
Black and blue uniforms -- police and priests!

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'', the bioconservative Jovian [[strike:Junta]] Republic is essentially a Banana Republic [-[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!]]-]
* ''Junta'' from West End Games is set in La Republica de los Bananas. The winner is the one with the most money in their {{Swiss bank account}} when the foreign aid runs out.

* Creator/LarryGelbart's satirical play ''Mastergate: A Play on Words'' has not one but two. The play, which presents itself as a mock senate hearing about the latest government scandal, concerns the nation of Ambigua and the Republic of San Elvador, and the shady dealings of the military, CIA, IRS, the Vice President and the President.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Tropico}}'' series is basically one big {{Troperiffic}} Banana Republic {{simulation|Game}}, where you play the recently-installed dictator of a small country in the Caribbean. You can run it as anything from [[VideoGameCaringPotential benevolent]] to [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential hideously oppressive]]. The United Fruit Company is given extended ShoutOut. The first game has you creating a customized El Presidente of your own. Your choices determine things like your allegiances with the two superpowers (the game is set during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar). For example, your character may be a Harvard grad, which endears you to the US; or, you can graduate from the University of Moscow with the opposite results.
* ''Dictator'', an obscure text-based UsefulNotes/ZXSpectrum game, allows you to control the people of another fictional republic of Ritimba... not for long, still, due to it being an EndlessGame (it's impossible to please '''every layer of society''', you see). [[labelnote:Sidenote]]Make sure you have got an escape plane and a couple of bodyguards before a revolution starts... they LOVE throwing revolutions at your head. Literally.[[/labelnote]]
* The ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series has Outer Heaven in the original ''VideoGame/MetalGear1'' and Zanzibarland in ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake''. The later ''Metal Gear Solid'' games mostly avert this, with the exception of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'': Act 2 takes place in an unspecified country in 'South America', which [[AllThereInTheScript the end credits reveals to be Peru.]] But at that point of the series alternate history, it seems to fir the trope perfectly. There's also Gindra in ''VideoGame/MetalGearGhostBabel''. Well, Ghost Babel does take place in the same place as MG1...
* The ''VideoGame/JustCause'' series lets you loose as a CrazyAwesome CIA agent tasked with overthrowing a junta on fictional island nations (San Esperito in the first game, the more unusual South Asian-style dictatorship of Panau in the second, the Mediterranean island of Medici in the third).
* In ''VideoGame/HiddenAgenda1988'', you play the president of Chimerica, a Central American country whose military dictatorship has just recently been overthrown.
* Arulco and Tracona from ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance2'', though Arulco can't quite decide if it wants to be a South American hellhole or [[{{Ruritania}} an Eastern European one]]. Parts of the country are covered in pine forests and wooden houses, others are desert or jungle. Accents are all over the place, with Spanish, American, Polish, Russian and German all appearing on Arulco natives. The BigBad is explicitly stated to be Romanian, and your employer bears the rather Latin-sounding name Enrico Chivaldori. Also, the country's main export is silver, rather than bananas, and is explicitly stated to have been a fairly self-supporting agricultural nation before the BigBad came to power.
* The main character in ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}} 2'' [[NiceJobBreakingItHero helps]] turn Venezuela into this in the intro and spends the rest of the game [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill "fixing"]] it.
* Caruba (portmanteau of Cuba and Aruba?) in ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis: Project Titan'', and the Zagorias Federation in ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis 3''.
* Banana Republics are one of the government options in ''VideoGame/ShoresOfHazeron''. Players are appointed rank by El Presidente (the default ruler name), but players can also gain ranks (i.e. System administrators) by assassinating other players, which causes them to gain the killed player's ranks, while the killed player spawns without their rank.
* ''VideoGame/{{ARMA}}: Armed Assault'' (aka ''Combat Operations'') has the [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Democratic Republic of Sahrani]] in the northern half of the [[FictionalCountry fictional Caribbean island of Sahrani]].
* ''VideoGame/OperationWolf'' was set in an unspecified location in the South American jungles.
* ''Même les pommes de terre ont des yeux!'', a French AdventureGame for the UsefulNotes/AppleII, is set in a fictional "Répoublique" where El Presidente has just been overthrown by a dictator.
* Creator/{{Sierra}}'s adventure game ''VideoGame/EcoQuest 2'' appears to be set in one. The guard at the beginning easily accepts bribes and the corrupt Cibola Development company can get away with just about anything.
* Palinero and Algeira, in ''Brigade E5: New Jagged Union'' (a ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance'' SpiritualSuccessor) and its sequel ''7.62 High Calibre''.
* The fictional county of Meruza (likely named after the Argentine city/province of Mendoza) in the Japan-only game ''VideoGame/{{Aconcagua}}'' is described at the beginning as being under a military dictatorship. Unlike most examples, it appears to be more mountainous (then again, the only part of Meruza you mostly get to see is on the eponymous mountain).

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/GameTheoryWebShow'' interprets ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' this way, as explained [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2ZmnE0KV6g here.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RogerRamjet'' includes among its many parodies the Latin American banana republic of San Domino; thanks to the efforts of the eponymous hero, however, it remains junta-free and is still ruled by the President and his Cabinet (which is rectangular and made of wood).
* From ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'': "I want you to catch the first plane to the Banana Republic."
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' shows that in the future, the area that was once Kansas will be ruled by a literal Banana Republic (yes there are sentient bananas.)
* Roger takes over an island from the CIA in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. He renames the country "Music/{{Bananarama}}", forces everyone to dance, and turns it into a resort where the only mode of transportation is floating in innertubes. The locals finally rebel after he decrees that everything be painted yellow, then changes his mind and has them do it over again in turquoise. As one of the revolutionaries mentions, "I have painted my children for the last time."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'' animated series had the "Plantation Republic" in one episode. It seemed to be based on a blend of Nicaragua and Honduras (guerillas, outdated prop plane fighters), but set on a relatively featureless forested island. Their welcome sign had the phrase "Now Go Away" at the end.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Hurricanes}}'' has a Banana Republic ruled by a soccer-obsessed General who once kept the Hurricanes captive.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Bananaman}}'' once had to go to a Banana Republic to stop a villain from cutting off the world's banana supply in "The Last Banana".
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' episode "Venture Libre", the characters go to one of these named Puerto Bahía. Its president is supported by the USA, and the country itself seems to be mostly jungles, coffee plantations and sweatshops. [[spoiler: It is also home to LaResistance consisting of freaks of super-science.]]
* During the ''Vice'' season arc of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', the cartel pays a visit to San Marcos, and among other shenanigans, ''[[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Cyril]]'', of all people, ends up deposing the old dictator ("El Presidente" Gustavo Calderon) and takes over, though it doesn't last.

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* Colombia during the 20th century. The United Fruit Company had a lot of power in the government, which allowed them to exploit the workers without any consequences. This incited a number of protests that led to the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_massacre Masacre de las Bananeras]],"[[note]][[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Massacre of the Banana Pickers]][[/note]] in 1928 in which the Colombian army shot the protesters by the order of the government under the influence of both the United Fruit Company and the US government, who threatened to invade if the Colombian government didn't protect the company's interest.
** The advertising slogan ''The man from Del Monte, he say "Yes!"'' is regarded as too near to reality in many Central and South American countries. you wonder why...
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Molossia The Democratic Republic of Molossia]] has been described by its "president" as a banana republic. It's actually just two plots of land owned by Nevada resident Kevin Baugh. That didn't stop it from getting [[WebVideo/{{Kickassia}} invaded]] by [[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses Channel Awesome]].
* The UsefulNotes/DominicanRepublic under Trujillo and UsefulNotes/{{Chile}} during Pinochet's dictatorship. Also Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua (1937-1979), Brazil (1964-1985), Paraguay (1954-1989), and so on, especially during (and due to) the Cold War. [[http://latinamericanhistory.about.com/od/latinamericandictators/Dictators_in_Latin_American_History.htm But there were many more]].
* UsefulNotes/{{Cuba}} was a ''Sugar Cane'' Republic until Castro showed up. [[note]]There were bananas, mostly grown in the east. There was also tourism and gambling, centered in Havana and run by TheMafia. Even under Castro, Cuba focused on Sugarcane exports to the Soviet Union in exchange for Soviet petrochemicals, minerals, manufactured goods and grain. Only after the fall of the Soviet Union did Cuba switch from being a Sugarcane republic to subsistence agriculture now that they have to grow their own food without the Soviet Union to buy it from. [[/note]]
* The {{Philippines}} could count as a downplayed version of this—downplayed in the sense that at least its leaders were mostly [[BlatantLies democratically]] elected, even the dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who was not a military officer but a civilian lawyer and politician. For most of its history, however, the Philippine economy has been tied to the American market, and to this day the US is still one of the country's largest trading partners. Also, the Philippines counts more as a ''Sugar'' Republic—its sugarcane plantations were grown by and large to be sold for export. Nowadays, however, the country's prime export is ''people'' (i.e. labour).
** [[FridgeLogic Which technically makes it a ''People's Republic'']].
** In fact, it was a full-blown PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny during TheSeventies, in the heyday of the less democratic, more openly dictatorial Martial Law era. FridgeLogic ensues even more when you recall that Marcos, in power then, actually encouraged the first Overseas Filipino Workers to go abroad, thus making him the originator of the country's "labour export policy" … so yes, the Philippines in this case counts as a "People's Republic", in both senses of the word!
** One reason for the "Banana Republic" comparison is that most Philippine Presidents and governments have been beholden to American policy since before independence (when the country was in fact a US colony). Even textbook history will tell you that the CIA effected the successful election of Ramon Magsaysay as President, that the country's first "independence-era" president Manuel Roxas Sr. was as much, and as unabashedly, [[TheQuisling an American collaborator]] as a Japanese one (what with his incestuous friendship with "Liberator" Douglas [=MacArthur=]), and the US government in general served as an influential advisor to Marcos during the Martial Law years.
** Plus, having endured 300 years of Spanish colonial rule (and Catholic proselytization) ''before'' the Americans ever showed up, the Philippines also has the dubious distinction of [[LatinLand feeling like a Latin American republic misplaced in Asia]], which inevitably invites comparisons to the actual Latin America.
* The term comes from the American occupations of Nicaragua, Cuba, Panama, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic from the end of the UsefulNotes/SpanishAmericanWar to 1934, referred to collectively as "The Banana Wars".
* The Pacific Islands nation of {{Fiji}}, since the first of several coups d'etat in 1987.
* There is a [[RussianHumor Russian joke]]: What is the difference between a banana republic and a [[UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia Petroleum Superstate]]? The answer: [[spoiler:Bananas are a renewable resource.]]
** Which pretty well describes how Iran prior to the Islamic Revolution was little different from a Banana Republic...or perhaps "Banana Monarchy" in that case. The left-leaning elected leader was overthrown by the CIA and MI-6 out of fears that he would go communist, and because he was nationalizing the Iranian assets of what would later become [[MegaCorp British Petroleum]], and the previous absolute monarchy was restored under the compliantly pro-Western and anti-communist Shah Reza Pahlavi.
* Many princely states of British India had characteristics of banana republics, including being PuppetState of a MegaCorp (British East Indies Company) early on.