banana republicbanana republic
any small, typically Latin American, country characterized by political instability and a one-crop economy controlled by foreign capital
Origin of banana republiccoined by O. Henry in his short-story collection Cabbages and Kings (1904)
A small country that is economically dependent on a single export commodity, such as bananas, and is typically governed by a dictator or the armed forces.
(plural banana republics)
Coined by American author O. Henry in his 1904 book of short stories, "Cabbages and Kings", set in the fictional "Anchuria", which was based on his 1896-97 stay in Honduras.