"A banana republic is a country that is politically unstable, dependent on limited agriculture (like bananas) and ruled by a small, self-elected, wealthy and corrupt clique. And I always thought it was a term used for Sharks Rugby. The fictional island of Panau is a banana republic though: it is politically unstable; it has loads of banana plantations; and it is ruled by a self-elected president who murdered his father to get the post. However, since it is politically unstable, there are others who want in on the action too. Time to call in the cleaners - Rico Rodriguez will answer the call!"