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What banana republic would that be? How's the old dog? Is he still alive and kicking?
He is still alive and kicking, just slower than he used to be and requires rest more often, and Let's just say it's a banana republic that most countries on earth don't consider it as a real country, at least not officially.
Sounds like you're in the ROC
Taiwan? I didn't realize that's a banana republic. I guess the definition must have broadened.
Well, we do export banana and have a research institute for banana, so at least the banana part is right.
Bananas are an important vector for potassium, which aids in balance. It's not a lot, but better than nothing! Taiwan keeps the world upright!