Is Florida a "two bit banana republic dictatorship"? I was under the impression that it's pretty well-off.
It was indeed well off, but that was spoilt by years of mismanagement and corruption the effects of which are still felt to the present day.
Even now, no one takes Florida seriously. I know the world (and the SR in particular) have no great love or respect for Bush, though he is vèry much the reformer. [The Bush character *there* would have made a good 19th century US president *here*.] He is hampered by a terribly complex and byzantine burocracy and a sort of monied aristocracy that make up the Cortes and of course a terribly corrupt Justice System.