Unfortunately for Wakandians, the U.S. government will no longer partner with the fictional kingdom.
Until yesterday, Wakanda, the main setting of Marvel’s “Black Panther
,” was listed as a free trade agreement partner of the U.S. on the agricultural tariff tracker maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service.
Francis Tseng, a research fellow at the Jain Family Institute, discovered the odd listing and tweeted about his confusion on Wednesday.
Wakanda is listed as a Us free trade partner on the Usda website?? pic.twitter.com/xcq1OFTIPh
— Francis Tseng (@frnsys) December 18, 2019
“The Us would no doubt try to liberalize Wakanda’s markets and flood it with cheap subsidized corn,” Tseng said in a follow-up tweet.
The screenshots Tseng shared revealed the alleged agricultural products the U.S. traded with Wakanda: fresh vegetables, unroasted coffee beans, essential oils and livestock.
Wakanda was added to the