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A possible Coat of Arms, seen in Tropico 3

The Republic of Tropico is a fictional Caribbean nation that serves as the setting of Tropico 3 and 4.


There is evidence of an older civilization existing before Tropico, in the form of Ancient Ruins(3 or 4), their architecture suggests the island might have been inhabited by the Mayans.

Tropico might have been founded during the height of the Spanish Empire, due to the presence of old ruins of Colonial Forts, its architecture suggesting a Spanish origin.

Not much is known about the time between colonial times and the year of 1950, the country was ruled at least by one other president before the rise to power of the current Presidente, apparent by the fact that basic infrastructure (construction office, teamster office, sometimes even a garage), main dock, some initial housing buildings (ranging from tenement to houses, country houses and shanties), some farming communities and even some decorations are already present by the time El presidente assumes power.

From here on El Presidente might have had different backgrounds, like educations, prior jobs, or prior positions of power before taking over Tropico by one of several ways, including elections, coup, revolution, puppeting, among others.

Relevant article: Tropico 4 Plot


Tropico's government is largely autocratic, with all power held by El Presidente, going as far as establishing a cult of personality over the island's population. Recently, the country has developed a parliament of five ministers that the presidente appoints, and also a Foreign Office to assist the Minister of Foreign Affairs, that the Presidente appoints.. However, these positions don't debate over, choose, or pass laws themselves so much as they assist the Presidente in passing laws they want enacted.

Tropico is officially classified as a democracy, but elections - when allowed - are held at varying times and only take place between the current presidente and a single opposing member of the public.

In tropican society there exist political factions that all have different political demands, which sometimes come into direct conflict with rival factions, like the Communists and Capitalists, or the Intellectuals and Religious. Other groups include the Militarists which promote the importance of the military above the rest of the society, the Environmentalists who seek to preserve the natural beauty of Tropico, and the Nationalists who promote pride on national identity and are against the country falling into the line of any international policies and falling behind the rest of the caribbean.

Even El Presidente established his own faction: the Loyalists, who feed into the cult of personality El Presidente establishes.

Every faction has their own spokesperson to serve as the link between their party and the government.

There's no term limits on being presidente, allowing a very successful (or corrupt) leader to remain in power for life.

Tropico has no laws about politicians being natural-born Tropican citizens; even first-generation immigrants and foreign experts can become ministers or run for the presidency.


Most culture in Tropico is imported and appropriated from Latin American, North American and/or European sources. It's hard to tell whether the island's "natives" are actually representing indigenous Tropican culture, or merely putting on a show for tourists. However, some purely Tropican cultural artifacts and events do exist. Tropican-made art is sometimes displayed in museums and the island has been known to celebrate a national day, and it's not unusual for fireworks to be set off by patriotic Tropicans weeks before or after the actual day of celebration. Tropico does have its own local brands of music (like Baja Bachata) and cuisine, however.


Most islands of Tropico are highly agrarian and rely either on the sale of cash crops, mined resources, or tourism to earn money. Barring that, Tropico receives several thousands of dollars every year in foreign aid money. Some islands are able to develop their economy into manufacturing or even information technology and high finance.

While most of the Tropican economy is controlled by the State, there exists a smaller private sector, made possible by the establishment of a Stock Exchange, where foreign powers invest money into an enterprise/business (be it production, industry or housing) and pay taxes to the government. In certain islands there is the possibility of privatizing all state-owned industries, mines and logging operations, leaving the burden of salaries and maintenance to private enterprises, and receiving annual taxes in return.

All buildings spend a fixed amount of money for building maintenance, and salaries of the employees are set by El Presidente in fixed pays. All buildings that offer a service have service fees, which may not be affordable to all tropicans. All residential buildings theoretically offset their maintenance costs by charging a rent.

The State gets funding by most, if not all of the following ways:

  • Export of goods
  • Housing rent
  • Tourist fees
  • Service entry fees
  • Taxes from private sector
  • Tertiary sector profits
  • Money printing (risk high inflation)

The national currency of Tropico differs; most islands use the Tropican Dollar and some use the Tropican Peso.

Tropican exports include the following:

  • Raw resources: banana, bauxite, cattle beef, cheese, coffee, corn, crude oil, cattle smoked beef, fish, goat cheese, gold, iron, logs, llama wool, papaya, pineapple, salt, sugar and tobacco.
  • Industrial Goods: canned goods, cement, chemical products, cigars, furniture, jewelry, lumber, oil products, rum and weapons.


Education in Tropico is free and non-compulsory. Public education covers all levels of formation from Grade Education, to High School education and College education.

High school education gives citizens the abilities to do the following trades:

  • Administration (bureaucrats)
  • Business management (pit bosses)
  • Civil law (policemen, firemen)
  • Commerce, Mathematics (shopkeepers)
  • Trade law (customs officers)
  • Military doctrine, Military history (soldiers)
  • Religion (priests)
  • Special Operations (SWAT members)
  • Sports (pro athletes)
  • Teaching (teachers)
  • Technical education (factory workers)

College education offers citizens the following careers:

  • Accounting (bankers)
  • Economic Sciences (stock brokers)
  • Engineering careers (engineers)
  • Intelligence, covert operations (secret agents)
  • Journalism (journalists)
  • Medicine (doctors)
  • Military strategy, tactics (generals)
  • Professorships, doctorates (professors)
  • Theology (bishops)

Despite the complete coverage of education, Tropican standards often lag behind those of developed nations; there exists some evidence of academic dishonesty, nepotism and politicization of education where some schools offer parochial or military education (resulting in less effective when it comes to educating), some grade schools are either youth organizations in disguise or training grounds for obedience, some colleges are political education grounds, and even in some instances ideology books are distributed for political indoctrination.


While Tropicans used to use traditional folk methods of curing illness, Tropico has a long history of providing universal healthcare at modern, conventional facilities at least since 1950. Health coverage comes in the form of small Clinics and Hospitals from preventive medicine to obstetrics and gerontology. Tropico has recently been experimenting with for-profit healthcare and reforms.


The official language of Tropico is Spanish, which is automatically spoken by all immigrants to the island. Tourists speak in their native language.



Tropico's judicial system is very streamlined; the presidente simply puts arrest warrants out on anyone they wish and the police will capture and detain the person without a trial, sometimes in old forts repurposed as labor camps or in newer camps purposely built for labor. Police don't need an order to capture anyone they actually see committing a crime though, such as known criminals. Once in prison, El Presidente is unable to pardon or free a person until their sentence is over. Though Tropico lacks facilities for capital punishment, El Presidente can also have anyone they wish executed by the military.

Tropican police officers are armed and will handle violent situations such as uprisings with Tropico's SWAT teams.

There are persistent rumors that the government runs a "secret" police force and may even monitor all phone calls made on the island.


Tropico's Newspapers(Tropico 3 or 4) are often heavily factional and biased. Radio Station(Tropico 3 or 4) and TV Station(Tropico 3 or 4) programming is typically either commercial or run by the state, but free public access channels are usually available as well. Notably, every island has a 24-hour radio station run out of the palace called Tropico News Today or TNT. Recently, infrastructure to bring the internet to Tropico has been laid out, but access is often limited to the island's urban centers. There's talk of monitoring web traffic or banning social media outright.

Different media outlets include:

1.Newspaper enterprises:

  • Voice of the Worker
  • Financial Times
  • Soldado de Fortuna
  • The Word of God
  • National Pride
  • Coupons N'More

2.Radio stations:

  • Presidente, All Day
  • Radio Free Tropico
  • Bubblegum Pop
  • Baja Bachata
  • Opera

3.Television channels:

  • Propaganda TV
  • BBC
  • Learning with Larry
  • Yanqui Sitcoms
  • Lucha Libre
  • Russian Soap Operas


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Tropico's military is a self-defense force intended to protect the island from the threat of rebels and civil war. The military consists of infantry forces supported by army trucks for soldiers, army jeeps for officers and APCs. Typically, Tropican soldiers are paid professionals, though the country sometimes conscripts civilians when the situation calls for it. Sometimes El Presidente may partake in combat if necessary.

The structure of the military is very simple, with soldiers being lead by generals (or SWAT members, who are given the same power) who take orders from the presidente. No other military ranks are known, though the presidente occasionally awards military officers with medals. These medals are largely meaningless and meant just to boost military morale.

There are rumors that Tropico has or is developing nuclear weapons as a deterrent against foreign invasion.


Tropico's biggest international connections are with the US and USSR, both of whom Tropico juggles international politics to prevent any rash response from any of them. Tropico also has formal ties with the EU, the Middle East, and China.

Tropico may do different tasks for the different powers and allow foreign investment from them for relations and additional foreign aid.


The Tropican islands enjoy tropical weather, warm temperatures are present all year. Precipitations are common enough to ensure good productivity for crops and fertile pastures for livestock.

Still, there are times where precipitations slow down enough to permit very hot temperatures, leading to droughts.

The territory is also located in a zone where tornadoes and tectonic activity are likely to occur.


Tropican citizens are assumed to be Catholics who need to go to a Church(Tropico 3 and 4) or Cathedral(Tropico 3 and 4) in order to satisfy their need for faith. Tropican Catholicism is unique in that the Catholic church has a special ruling that allows Tropican clergy to marry.

According to references to local shamans and buildings, Voodoo is a minor faith in Tropico.