The term ‘banana republic’ exists for a reason, and it is not a line of clothing. United Fruit controlled vast swaths of territory in South and Central America and maintained an iron lock on them and the labourers it exploited. Its effective monopoly extended tentacles deep through the halls of power; el pulpo knew no bounds. It controlled the land, the transportation, the government. It needed only lift a finger for troops to arrive to protect its precious resources, of which profit was the most precious of all.