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A small state that is politically unstable as a result of the domination of its economy by a single export controlled by foreign capital.
- ‘As a banana republic, and former colony, we can fend for ourselves, or go to the United States if we need to attract the attention of a British ambassador.’
- ‘Then nobody will speak about our country as a banana republic.’
- ‘If you've got prime ministers trading in the appointments of regulatory umpires in return for political favours, then you are in a banana republic.’
- ‘But by then we who no longer produce much of anything valuable will have become a banana republic.’
- ‘They treated us like a tin-pot banana republic instead of a sovereign country.’
- ‘It is to turn this country into a banana republic,’ Saguisag said.’
- ‘Let me also take refuge in it and say that without genuine democracy this nation will always remain a banana republic.’
- ‘For those of you too young to remember that miserable decade, it was a time when serious minded people thought the UK was doomed to become a banana republic - without the bananas.’
- ‘They are making us look like a banana republic, he said.’
- ‘I wonder if it would be possible to synthesise a list of criteria that define a banana republic and test our current status?’
- ‘Set in an unnamed banana republic, it is a political thriller in the finest tradition of Graham Greene - a kidnapped Nobel prize-winning scientist, an assassination, a revolution, murder and an invasion.’
- ‘So, the city has become something of a banana republic, a playground for rich American producers to come and reap the rewards of our cheap-o rates for both locations and crews.’
- ‘The government can borrow to make up the difference as long as investors remain in denial, unable to believe that the world's only superpower is turning into a banana republic.’
- ‘California ‘is degenerating into a banana republic,’ writes former Enron adviser Paul Krugman in his New York Times column.’
- ‘They are willing to ‘dirty their hands’ to preserve the integrity of the process, to keep this country from turning into a banana republic, one voting precinct at a time.’
- ‘And while the upside-down flag is in all likelihood an unfortunate accident, it does make us look a bit like a banana republic, especially in the eyes of those who noticed this.’
- ‘If I'd run up that kind of debt I would have called my father from a banana republic far to the south to say good-bye and hung up before the call could be traced.’
- ‘As far as firework safety is concerned we have the safety status of a banana republic.’
- ‘Tropico (Gathering of Developers), in which the player strives to maintain control over a banana republic, tracks the daily lives and emotions of hundreds of unique citizens.’
- ‘It is intolerable, another example of what one might expect in a banana republic.’
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