Banana republic

The phrase banana republic was coined (ca. 1904) by the American writer O. Henry (William Sydney Porter, 1862–1910).

A banana republic is a politically unstable country whose economy depends on the export of one product in limited supply, such as bananas or minerals. A banana republic has social classes that are divided by wealth. These include a large, poor working class and a small ruling class made up of the businessmen, politicians, and the military. [1] The ruling class controls and exploits the country's economy. [2]


  1. Richard Alan White (1984). The Morass. United States Intervention in Central America. New York: Harper & Row. p. 319.  P. 95. ISBN 0-060-91145-X; ISBN 978-0-06091-145-4.
  2. "Big-business Greed Killing the Banana (p. A19)". The Independent, via Retrieved Sunday 24 June 2012.
Other Languages
azərbaycanca: Banan respublikası
Ελληνικά: Μπανανία
Esperanto: Bananrespubliko
hrvatski: Banana-država
Bahasa Indonesia: Republik pisang
íslenska: Bananalýðveldi
македонски: Банана-држава
Nederlands: Bananenrepubliek
norsk nynorsk: Bananrepublikk
slovenščina: Bananska republika
српски / srpski: Банана држава
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Banana republika
svenska: Bananrepublik
татарча/tatarça: Банан республикасы
Türkçe: Muz cumhuriyeti
Tiếng Việt: Cộng hòa chuối