So, The Us department of Agriculture mad a whoopsie in listing Wakanda, The fictional Marvel country as a trade partner to the United States. This is a comedic turn of events in lue of all the impeachment hearings coming from the Trump administration. The Us government lists Wakanda as a trade partner on accident.
Wakanda is known to be the fictional East African country, home to T’chala, The Black Panther and king of Wakanda. It is said to be a country full of uncounted wealth and riches, as well as wielding an abundant source of the fictional metal vibranium.
according to BBC.com, a USDA spokesperson reported that the nation was added to the list during a staff test. However, it wasn’t taken off when the official report was released. What a comedic turn of events for this situation to occur. Even if Wakanda was a trade partner, imagine the resources both the US and the marvel country would trade between them?
Would our country be able to possess some of the valuable and rare vibranium that Wakanda has hoarded over the years? Would that even be on the market? Marvel released The critically acclaimed movie, Black Panther, in February 2018. The movie destroyed expectations and ran the box office for weeks.
Spoiler for those that did not see the movie, The King does initiate trade negotiation in the movie at some point in time.
In the US report, The USDA tariff tracker reported goods such as donkeys, cows, and ducks were traded in detailed list sources say. Unfortunately, when the hiccup was noticed the USDA took the fictional country off the list. This spurred a myriad of jokes suggesting the two countries were deep in a trade war.
Francis Tseng, a New York software engineer looking for seeking agricultural tariffs discovered the mishap.
“[I] thought I misremembered the country from the movie and got it confused with something else.”
The details surround the trade seemed to be fairly meticulous according to a source from slate.com
“There were hundreds of data inputs for Wakanda… Different commodity groups offered on drop-down menus range from fresh vegetables and unroasted coffee beans to essential oils and livestock,” NBC News reported before the Wakanda data was scrubbed from the site Wednesday. “Yellow potatoes had to maintain a ‘0.5 cent/kg’ base rate when shipped in from the fictional East African nation, while frozen Chinese water chestnuts were tariff free if the U.S. decided to import them from Wakanda. Cows were also tariff free.”
Even though the potential trade was fake the details in the report seemed very real as if the trade between the two nations was frequent.
Even though the trade was fake the details surround the trade could open up the imagination for the possibilities if the nation were real. Black Panther and Wakanda were first introduced into the Marvel Universe in 1966 in a Fantastic Four comic book.
Since this merger, Black Panther has been a mainstay Character revered in the Marvel Universe for his powerful presence, a strong stance on the protection of his country, as well as his unmatchable intelligence and his sleek black suit.
After the listing was public it was taken down immediately. a USDA spokesperson made a statement in regards to the issue
“The Wakanda information should have been removed after testing and has now been taken down,”