A Latin American nation that's essentially ruled by a US corporation, often assisted by Uncle Sam. "Banana" came from United Brands (of Chiquita Banana fame), UB called the shots in matters pertaining to their business interests, and some lucre would trickle down into the pockets of the nominal political leadership of the land (often a dictator-puppet and his family). Nowadays, these nations are democracies (on paper, anyway), and corporations must share power. With other corporations.