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The Republic of Tropico is a fictional Caribbean nation, which serves as the main setting of Tropico 5, as well as the rest of the Tropico series.


Ancient ruins give evidence that aboriginal people (possibilities are either the Mayans or the Aztecs) were the first inhabitants of the Tropican islands.

Sometime during the 19th century, a European Power decided to establish a small colony on Tropico, having most likely appointed at least one unknown governor to establish the basic infrastructure, minimal food production and some basic housing buildings before the appointment of their last one. The responsible European monarchy is likely to be Spanish, due to the fact of it being the colony's official language, besides cultural influence like the predominance of Catholicism.

Shortly after the appointment of the new Governor, the settlement experienced a sudden productive, population, infrastructural, cultural and societal boom on the few following years prior to it developing its own national identity and finally proclaiming its independence from the Crown.

The independence of Tropico allows its governor to become their first president, solidifying the establishment of a dynasty that continues to influence the country to this day.

Between its independence and the beginning of the 20th century, not much is known about Tropico's progress. The only known advancements are minor infrastructure modernization through road paving, and the introduction of cars and trucks by private import. In the early 1900s, El Presidente established close ties with the United States by helping the President of the United States, Rudolf Thompson, helps him through the Great War as a part of the Allies (but with some contacts in the Central Powers) and during the Great Depression.

During World War 2, Tropico remained officially neutral, although its government wasn't above selling foodstuffs and war materials to both the Allied and Axis countries, respectively. It is also during this era that the country experienced its second and definitive growth spurt, in the form of more advanced industrialization, the introduction of electricity, advanced public services and massive military advancements.

At the beginning of the Cold War, Tropico became a strategic nation in the Caribbean zone. It successfully juggled foreign policy, and maintained good relationships with both the US and USSR.

Also during this time, Tropico developed its own tourist industry, starting the development of hotels and other tourist amenities, although it was a ploy to cover up a shady murder case of a powerful person. Today, it is one of the more popular "Spring Break" destinations for college tourists, as well as for eco-tourists.

Also during this time the country continues with its growth in the form of advanced public services, military additions (most notably a proper navy), the growth of entertainment services (mostly due to tourism) and modernized expansion of industry.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and subsequent end of the Cold War, Tropico has developed stronger ties with the international community, including parleying it's former standing with the USSR to the new Russian Federation (narrowly surviving an invasion from led by their bare-chested, orca-riding president), establishing ties with the new supranational and highly-bureaucratic European Union, as well as Communist China, and an unknown number and makeup of decadent Islamic-majority Middle Eastern states. These various countries helped to spur even more development in Tropico, due in no small part to their own self interests in the resources of the country. Tropico also supported the War on Terror.


Tropico's government is an illiberal democracy. Although elections take place, citizens are de facto cut off from knowledge about the activities of those who exercise real power because of the lack of civil liberties; thus it is not an open society. Almost since its foundation, the country has been in almost total control of a Ruling Dynasty aristocracy, with its head bearing the title of El Presidente. Depending on certain constitutional principles the Head of the Dynasty can rotate among the different members and assume the country's presidency, or stay in power unopposed permanently.

Since its independence, Tropico has had a written Constitution, which is often liberally amended and altered by the Ruling Dynasty as it sees fit. The Constitution regulates the organization of the State (politics, religion, defence, economy, culture and environment) and some rights (elections, labor, media and private life).

Tropico, being officially a republic, holds elections to elect its head of state de jure. Depending on constitutional principles elections are either held at varying times or held after a set number of years. Sometimes a successful Presidente can have long mandates without its people ever demanding elections, or systematically hold elections every four years, limiting mandates and giving a sense of transparency.

Electoral candidates are always composed by one member of the Ruling Dynasty and a single opposing member of the public. The political system is put in place in such way that if the Dynasty candidate loses the elections the whole family loses power, and is ousted from national politics permanently. There are no term limits set on the Constitution for being Presidente, so a very successful (or corrupt) leader can technically remain in power for life.


Tropico is a non-partisan state, with politics organized into several factions, that operate as a heterogeneous ideological platform. The factions have a leader among the people and a spokesperson which serves as their link to the government. With the passage of time politics and political groups shift and mutate, some groups appear, some others dissolve and others manage to stand the test of time until today.

The earliest known political factions in Tropican history are the Royalists, who's political agenda consisted on remaining part of the Empire, and the Revolutionaries, who sought independence and forging their own national identity. Changing local and international politics shrunk the relevancy of these groups, until they were eventually dissolved. By the beginning of the 20th Century these groups were already extinct.

The oldest living factions are the Communists, Militarists, Religious and the Capitalists. These groups came to relevancy during the World Wars and remain relevant with adherents and supporters up to this day.

Around the Cold War era, as international tensions started heating up came the Globalists and Nationalists.

The most recent factions are the Industrialists and Environmentalists, which came to prevalence after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Tropico has no regulations about politicians being natural-born Tropican citizens, so even first-generation immigrants and foreign experts can participate in factions, become faction leaders, and even run for the presidency.


Some of the culture of Tropico is imported and appropriated from Latin American, North American and/or European sources, however some purely Tropican cultural artifacts and events do exist.

During Colonial times the prevalence of Catholic Church gives a hint to cultural values of the time, as well as higher-class customs like opera plays. The presence of Libraries from this era confirms the existence of a more intellectual people too.

During the World Wars the prominence of restaurants and taverns (due to their availability to the general populace) shows autochthonous cuisine and beverages as a notable part of tropican culture during this time. Tropico also does have its own local brands of music (like Baja Bachata), mainly transmitted by radio.

While in the Cold War there seems to be paid more attention to local culture (due to attention to archeological sites, national park and museums, especially by the higher classes), a more 'americanized' influence was made apparent by the appearance of things like touristy beach sites, circuses, maritime shows, among other things.

In Modern Times a more consumerist and casual cultural influence can be felt by the presence of newer cinema complexes, fast food franchises, night clubs, and telemarketing channels, as well as music channels.


During colonial times Tropico has a majorly agrarian economy, with varied plantations and ranches forming the bulk of the settlement's employment, though mining and logging operations are also performed. Industry is very basic.

During both World Wars, Tropico began rapid industrialization, allowing the establishment of a more advanced economy, and during the Cold War the Tourist Sector was introduced, along with the modernization of the Entertainment Sector, allowing the country to experience relatively massive income for the first time. The banking, commercial and service sectors all greatly expanded, as well as the development of on and off shore oil drilling. Telecommunications and media also has seen strong development.

In Modern Times the Service Sector is further expanded with the addition of offices.

All institutions, commercial establishments, production buildings, etc. have set budgets that are then spent on worker payments every month. These buildings also often offer manager positions to qualified citizens which affect either the building itself, surrounding buildings, or both.

An internal market can be set up with the correct legislation, most commerce being composed by food trading, either from the sources (farms, ranches, etc.) of from local groceries and supermarkets.

Due to the Tropican economy being completely state-controlled there is no private sector, requiring Tropico to rely heavily on exports, tourism and interest revenues to maintain a positive treasury. Nonetheless, the income of the state can be split into most or all of the following:

  • Housing rent
  • Entertainment profit
  • Trading profit from markets and farms
  • Interest revenue from banks
  • Healthcare revenue
  • Advertisement revenue
  • Indulgencies
  • Tax revenue from legalized substances
  • Service profits
  • Tourism income
  • Export of raw and industrial resources

Nonetheless, the country often receives external aid from the developed world, be it the United States, the Russian Federation, the European Union, the Arab World and the People's Republic of China, among others.

Tropico's exports include the following:

  • Advanced industry goods like attires, automobiles, canned goods, cheese, chemicals, cigars, chocolate, electronics, furniture, jewelry, rum, and pharmaceuticals.
  • Basic industry goods like clothes, planks and steel.
  • Raw resources like bananas, bauxite, coal, cocoa, coffee, corn, cotton, fish, gold, iron, logs, meat, milk, natural gas, oil, pearls, pineapple, sugar, tobacco, uranium, and wool.


Education in Tropico is free, available to the public, and backed by the State, but non-compulsory.

High School education instructs the people with vocational subjects:

  • Basic aestethic design (fashion company)
  • Basic Communication (yellow press)
  • Botany (hydroponic farm)
  • Carpentry (furniture factory)
  • Commerce, Mathematics (grocery, supermarket)
  • Computing (casino, cinema)
  • Military doctrine, Military history (professional army)
  • National history (ruins)
  • Religion (church, mission)
  • Teaching (high school)
  • Technical education (general industries)

University education offers a wide variety of careers:

  • Accounting, Economic sciences (bank)
  • Astronomy (observatory)
  • Audiovisual careers (TV station)
  • Aviation (airport, aerodrome)
  • Bibliography, Literature (library)
  • Biology (dolphinarium)
  • Diplomacy (white flag and table manners technologies)
  • Electronic engineering (electronics factory)
  • Energy engineering (power plants: geothermal, tidal, solar, wind, oil refinery)
  • Fashion design (fashion company)
  • Geology (geothermal PP, tidal PP)
  • Goldsmithing (jewelry workshop)
  • History (museums)
  • Law (legalese technology)
  • Medicine (clinic, hospital)
  • Military engineering (nuclear submarine)
  • Nuclear engineering, Nuclear physics (Nuclear PP, nuclear program)
  • Periodism (newspaper)
  • Pharmacology, Chemistry (pharmaceutical company)
  • Professorship (college)
  • Psychology, Psychiatry (asylum)
  • Applied science careers (science lab)
  • Space engineering (space program)
  • Theater (opera house)
  • Theology (cathedral, inquisition)


Tropico has a long history of providing universal healthcare since the times of the Great War in the form of small Clinics. From the half of the 20th century onward reforms are carried out to establish modern and qualified facilities with capacitated personnel on the cities. Though depending on legislation healthcare may not be free and accessible to the whole general public.


The official language of Tropico is Spanish, which is spoken by most inhabitants of the island. English is a secondary language, with immigrants coming in from the UK and a few English speaking islands in the Caribbean. Many American tourists also visit the country, so English is widely spoken in the island. There are also French, German, Italian and Chinese minority communities. Many immigrants have also come in from Spanish speaking countries in Latin America, keeping the country a predominantly Latin one.


Main article: National Police

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Tropico's judicial system is very streamlined. El Presidente can put arrest warrants out on anyone they wish and the police will capture and detain the person without a trial. Once in prison, El Presidente is unable to pardon or free a prisoner until his sentence is over.

Police don't necessarily need an order to capture anyone they actually see committing a crime, such as known crime lords and resistance leaders. Though Tropico lacks facilities for capital punishment, El Presidente can have anyone they wish executed by the military.

Tropico also has a national Intelligence Service that uses Police Stations as bases, the agency reveals information about rebel activities, active crime lords, political leaders, and who they all are. Their activities can be expanded by establishing a Secret Police and putting hidden cameras.


Tropico's Media is often factional and biased, though there are cases of specific stations being truly unbiased. Access is free and backed by the State.

Since colonial times Tropico has its own Newspaper called "El Correo Tropical" with branches varying in factionalization and education requirements, granting relative freedom of opinion and liberty.

There are also TV Stations with high requirements to work in and are introduced to Tropico through the Cold War. TV signals are not as sensationalized as the other media, instead focusing on telemarketing and entertainment channels.

Notably, every island has a 24-hour radio station run out of a specific tabern called "The Jolly Roger" hosted by Lulu.

On the turn of the 21st Century the Internet is brought to the country, though access is often limited to the urban areas. There is the possibility of a Free Wi-Fi network being in the works.


Main article: Armed Forces of Tropico


Tropico's military is a self-defense force intended to protect the island from the threat of rebels and foreign invasion. The military consists of an army of infantry, tanks, APCs, a nuclear submarine and a small air force stationed on an aircraft carrier. Typically, Tropican soldiers are paid professionals, though the country sometimes conscripts civilians or allows them to organize into reserves of militias.

The structure of the military is rather simple, with military installations managed either by generals or tactitians. It is possible for a member of the Dynasty to have a military background. No other military ranks are known.

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


Trough the ages Tropico's international connections vary greatly, it's first contact being The Crown until gaining independence, then establishing formal diplomatic relations with both the Allies and the Axis. Then most of the Cold War is spent with international connections with the USA and the USSR, both of whom hotly contest the nation for its resources and location. In the turn of the 21th century Tropico maintains formal ties with the United States, along with Russia, with the addition of the European Union, the Middle East and China.


Tropico's society is a rather unique case:

On the one hand the population in general has always followed lazy, non-serious work ethics and is fairly destigmatisized or desentitized on corruption and/or petty crimes (like pickpocketing).

But on the other hand it's been historically recorded that since Colonial Times equal work access to both sexes in all areas of work was and is still second nature to Tropico (something most of the world would not apply until a century later). Also, since early 20th century Tropican society has enjoyed an openness on sexuality and sexual matters that would not come to the Developed World until half a century later.


The Tropican islands enjoy tropical weather, warm temperatures are present all year, but usually not so extreme as to experience scorching hot weather. Precipitations are common enough to ensure good productivity for crops and fertile pastures for livestock.

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

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


Tropico's official religion is Roman Catholic Christianity: catholic missions, churches and cathedrals attest to this.

Whatever socio-political ideologies they may have, all Tropicans are united as a fiercely religious people who demand a place of worship to achieve happiness, even if Tropico is officially defined as an atheist state. Consequently, religious faction leaders who represent them are highly influential. On one occasion when the Pope visited Tropico, he liked it there so much he refused to leave! Tropican Catholicism is unique in that it has a special ruling that allows Tropican clergy to marry.

Tropico 5
Core content MainMissionsBuildingsEdictsFactionsCharacters
DLC content GeneralissimoGone GreenInquisitionJoint VentureMad WorldSupercomputerSupervillainSurf's UpT-DayThe Big Cheese
DLC packs Epic MeltdownEspionageHostile TakeoverParadise LostWaterborne
Lore Republic of TropicoArmed Forces of TropicoNational PoliceTropicansPowersResearchSwiss Bank AccountEl PresidenteTouristsDynastyEraEconomyBudget
Tropico 5 Buildings
Infrastructure Construction OfficeDockElectric SubstationGeothermal PlantMetro StationNuclear Power PlantRPalaceUParking LotPower PlantSmuggler's DockW Teamster's OfficeTidal Power PlantWWind FarmD/P
Raw Resources Automated MineFactory FarmFishing TrawlerWHydroponic FarmRLogging CampMineROil RefineryROil WellROyster FarmWPlantationRanchWharf
Industry (Goods) CanneryCreameryDFashion CompanyRFurniture FactoryLumber MillRPharmaceutical CompanySteel MillRTextile Mill
Industry (Luxury Goods) Chocolate FactoryCigar FactoryElectronics FactoryJewelry WorkshopRRum DistilleryVehicle FactoryR
Residential ApartmentCountry HouseFloating ApartmentWHouseMansionModern ApartmentRShackTenement
Entertainment & Environment Beach SiteCineplexCircusFast Food JointD/TGardenNational ParkRestaurantTavernWaste Treatment Plant
Luxury Entertainment Ancient RuinsBathysphereWCabaretCasinoDolphinariumD/PGlass Bottom RestaurantWHang Gliding ClubMuseumNight ClubOpera HouseStadium
Tourism AerodromeRAirportRBeach VillaRCabana VillageCabinCountry HotelCruise ShipEconomy HotelFamily ResortHaciendaHistoric InnSpa HotelR
Welfare & Media AsylumDUCathedralCatholic MissionChurchClinicGroceryHospitalInquisition BuildingD/M UMinistry of InformationEUNewspaperRPolice BlimpEPolice StationSecurity CheckpointESupermarketRTV Station
Research & Education CollegeHigh SchoolLibraryObservatoryRadarEScience LabSupercomputer BuildingD/M
Economy & Foreign Relations BankCustoms OfficeUDrydockR UEmbassyRLighthouseUOfficeOffshore OfficeWSmuggler's DockWSpy AcademyEU
Military Aircraft CarrierArmy BaseRBarracksDefense HQD/TUDrone CommandEUDungeonEFortressD/MGiant LaserD/PGuard TowerMechanized GarrisonEMilitary FortRMinistry of InformationENuclear ProgramRNuclear SubmarineWUPolice BlimpERadarERanger CorpsESpace ProgramRSecurity CheckpointSupermax PrisonSpy AcademyE
W: Requires WaterborneE: Requires EspionageP: Requires Paradise LostM: Requires Epic MeltdownT: Requires Hostile TakeoverD: Requires DLCU: Unique Building • R: Requires Research
Tropico 5 Characters
Abraham ZweisteinAdriana DiazEvita VasquezLeon KaneLord OaksworthLuluPenultimoEl PresidenteRudolf ThompsonVeronica Veneno
W: Waterborne • D: Downloadable Content
Tropico 5 Factions
Tropico 5 Foreign Powers
Foreign Powers The AlliesThe AxisChinaThe CrownEUMiddle EastRussiaUSAUSSR
Minor Traders CubaDominican RepublicMexicoPiratesSmugglersVenezuelaWest India Company
Tropico 5 Foreign Traders
Major Traders The AlliesThe AxisChinaThe CrownEUThe Middle EastRussiaUSAUSSR
Minor Traders CubaDominican RepublicMexicoPiratesSmugglersVenezuelaWest India Company
Tropico 5 Military Squads
Tropican Colonial InfantryCommandosElite InfantryInfantryMilitia SquadModern InfantrySpecial ForcesTank SquadRangersElite RangersAPC Squad
Enemy Angry MobEnemy CommandosEnemy Elite InfantryEnemy InfantryEnemy Modern InfantryEnemy TanksPiratesRebelsRoyal Colonial Infantry
Drought4,5Earthquake3,4,5Fire4,5HurricaneP,3,4,5Oil Spill4,5Tornado4,5Tsunami4,5Volcano4,5
P: Paradise Island • 3: Tropico 3 • 4: Tropico 4 • 5: Tropico 5