“It will take America a long way down the road to banana-republic status,” he writes in The New York Times.
Americans would look askance if Afghans mimicked their own banana-republic justice.
"small Central American state with an economy dependent on banana production," 1901, American English.
A small country, esp Central American, dominated by foreign companies
[1930s+; fr the fact that such places were typically under the control of the United Fruit Company and grew bananas]