Banana Republic - What It Is.
"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."
Fielding Mellish, Bananas (the movie)

Any backwards tropical country (almost always fictitious, more often than not Latin American), that is ruled by a small corrupt clique (often but not always presided over by a man with a chest full of medals and epic facial hair). Also known in Spanish as "República Bananera" or "República del Plátano". Usually a People's Republic of Tyranny or a Puppet State [of the Colossus of The North]. Will probably contain Jailbirds of Panama.

The terms has its origins in the United Fruit Company, an honest-to-god Mega Corporation with a Corrupt Corporate Executive approach. With the help of their buddies in the CIA, and some "well-intentioned" and actually 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 (even though they didn't necessarily establish democratic/egalitarian societies once they got to power), 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, they can still be found in Africa and Southeast Asia.

May be called "Val Verde". However, there is a whole catalogue of fictional names for these countries.

Similar to Ruritania, Qurac, and Bulungi, but easier to fake on a budget.

No relation to the clothing brand.

People's Republic of Tyranny

Sir Humphrey: East Yemen, isn't that a democracy?
Foreign Office Official: Its full name is the Peoples' Democratic Republic of East Yemen.
Sir Humphrey: Ah I see, so it's a communist dictatorship.
Yes Minister

When The Empire tries to masquerade as The Federation, it will often adopt a progressive-sounding name in the process. But often it will go overboard, unable to restrain its own sense of self-importance.

While the true federations around it will usually possess simple, unassuming names — The Federation, The Republic, etc. — the People's Republic Of Tyranny will call itself the People's Republic. If they are really evil and oppressive, they'll call themselves the Democratic People's Republic. Indeed, the more words implying freedom the name of this "republic" sports, the more oppressive and generally un-free it is likely to be.

Some regimes will continue this Theme Naming to important buildings and organizations. As a corollary, be wary of any movement, government, or country that is casually referred to by its leaders as "Glorious."

A leader might be cultivating themselves as a Villain with Good Publicity. Or they may believe that their society is genuinely democratic, even more so than (so called) real democracies. Who knows; if they give everyone Bread and Circuses and the Trains Run On Time, people might not even care.

In Real Life, it's odd that westerners associate the word "republic" with democracy. It didn't have that meaning originally, and now we've got these guys using the name! It may be because it is a relatively recent, but increasingly popular, invention in Real Life. A government that claims to be democratic, even when it's not, is implicitly agreeing that democracy is a good thing... or maybe just recognizes that others think that democracy is a good thing and is blending in for political camouflage.

Note that "socialist republic" and "people's republic" are terms that communist countries use to describe themselves and communism. The ruling parties of those states claim(ed) their country was not truly communist, but in transition to the communism envisioned by Marx and Engels. Because of this, the term "People's Republic" is often applied jokingly to any locale that's seen as being politically to the left of its neighbors; in this case, it usually doesn't connote tyranny (and may connote the opposite, a head-in-the-clouds idealism). Indeed, there are many left-wingers who are perfectly fine with small government; they just want that small government to be completely devoted to social reform of its respective community.

A form of Newspeak. A subtrope of Super Happy Fun Trope of Doom. Definitely Names to Run Away From Really Fast if you can. Given what these governments tend to have at their disposal, that's a big "if." It is often headed by The Generalissimo, or/and Just the First Citizen. If they go so far as to have "elections", see Corrupt Politician.

This is the design expectation if the player decides to rule Tropico as a communist.
Cool, very interesting stuff you have.
in regards to Tropico, and soon Tropico 5, it would be very interesting to have to option to name your country once you free yourself from colonial rule had have naming guides based on how you threw off the colonial yoke
(27-02-2014, 11:26 PM)iki.balam Wrote: in regards to Tropico, and soon Tropico 5, it would be very interesting to have to option to name your country once you free yourself from colonial rule had have naming guides based on how you threw off the colonial yoke

Agree with this. Would be a cool feature even if it was just a text thing. Little stuff like that always adds even more replayability (for me, anyway).
It would be interesting to have different forms of government in tropico, especially if they were properly balanced to make it interesting to replay the game under different systems. So much potential for flavor events...
T5 has a variety of constitutional provisions. What about that?

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