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Twitter erupts at comic book country Wakanda’s exclusion from free trade list

PortandTerminal.com, December 19, 2019

Wakanda, fictional nation and home to Black Panther, the Marvel superhero, removed from an online list of nations that have free trade agreements with the United States.

KINGDOM OF WAKANDA – Wakanda as many of us know isn’t a real place. The Kingdom of Wakanda is the home of Black Panther, the Marvel superhero, and is portrayed in comic books and the 2018 blockbuster as an isolated African nation with the most powerful technology on the planet.

Until Wednesday, the made-up east African country somehow was listed on the drop-down menu for the agriculture department’s foreign agricultural service’s tariff tracker along with Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru. Oops.

Francis Tseng, a New York-based software engineer who was looking for data on U.S. agricultural tariffs for a fellowship he is pursuing, first noticed the listing for Wakanda on the U.S. tariff list and called it out on Twitter.

The US Agriculture department says that the fictional country of Wakanda from Marvel movies was used to test systems and was not meant to remain visible.

The fictional country was removed though soon from the list after US media first queried it, prompting jokes that the countries had started a trade war.

What’s at stake? Amongst the commodities listed under Wakanda were “live asses”, “mules and hinnies” and several other farm animals. Potatoes and chestnuts were also reportedly listed.

Image from the movie Wakanda of three people harvesting a fictitious herb with glowing purple flowers
Wakanda’s most famous agricultural commodity, those heart-shaped purple flowers that appear to give Black Panther his god-like powers, do not appear to have been listed.

The removal of Wakanda from the list prompted a fury of tongue-in-cheek Tweets from internet jokesters suggesting that the United States is entering into a trade war with the fictitious country of Wakanda.

So disgusted about the removal of Wakanda from the US trade list, and how these people are going to be economically crippled by this drastic, unnecessary change.

@FergusValentin2

Great. Now I’ve gotta pay extra duties on my vibranium imports from #Wakanda. As if that stuff wasn’t expensive enough already. Geez!

@JohnAdamsGA

Following successful trade talks with Wakanda, negotiations between the US and Middle-earth are still in deadlock!

@bernieblac

#Wakanda probably didn’t have dirt on Joe Biden

@iaminevitable

Now if only all of the other trade wars were just as fictitious and funny.

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