I like the 'idea' of Wakanda, but there are too many contradictions in what is claimed about Wakanda and what the reality (comic book reality) is.
Wakanda is supposed to be a small African nation that is more advanced than the rest of the world. It's supposed to be more civilized. It is supposed to be more technologically and SPIRITUALLY advanced than the rest of the world.
Consider this interesting dialogue from Black Panther Volume 4 issue 3
Here, King T'Chaka, Black Panther and ruler of Wakanda at the time, tells the members of the United Nations that it would irresponsible for Wakanda to share its scientific discoveries with the rest of the world until they are more "spiritually mature."
Hmmm... Let's take a look at these "spiritually mature' people.
First, their more civilized way of choosing a king. Notice, I didn't say leader or president or prime minister.
Obviously democracy is an ass-backward concept used by spiritually immature countries where the ignorant masses believe power should come from the governed... We waste our time with petty processes like VOTING.
When the people of the free world are more enlightened, they will finally see that the best way to 'choose a ruler' is to simply.... Let the potential rulers KICK THE CRAP OUT OF EACH OTHER until only one remains standing. Kind of like HIGHLANDER. and who didn't like THAT movie?!
God bless Wakanda for showing us how uncivilized the democratic process is. To think we could have had Mike Tyson ruling the U.S. instead of Bill Clinton... if only we were as spiritually mature as Wakanda.
What else can we learn from these more civilized people. Oh, how about compassion?
' IF ' the uncivilized people will give us espionage secrets 'MAYBE' we could give them the CURE FOR CANCER...
'WHAT? Give these uncivilized, spiritually immature people the cure for cancer?! Are you insane? They don't even choose their leaders by combat!?!?!
Separation of Church and State is obviously wrong
Many of us ass-backward citizens of the United States believe that people should be free to choose for themselves whether or not they believe in God. We believe they should have the right to worship, or not, as they see fit as long as their religious freedom does not impinge on the rights of others. But all these years we've had it wrong. Thank God (or the Wakandan panther deity) for showing us a better way.
In Wakanda, the King (the guy who can beat the crap out of everyone else... Oh, he has to be able to read and write as well.) IS ALSO THE SPIRITUAL LEADER. The King and Pope in one so to speak. I guess it saves time...
The Black Black Jaguar (yes I typed 'black' twice on purpose because I'm more advanced) The WHITE POLAR BEAR...
The BLACK AND WHITE ZEBRA...
The WHITE CAUCASIAN...
Do either of those three terms strike you as odd? I hope so. I hope that you realize calling a polar bear white is redundant because polar bears ARE white. ALL POLAR BEARS ARE WHITE. It's sort of a defining feature of being a polar bear. Also, ALL ZEBRAS are black and white! You wouldn't call a Zebra a "black and white" zebra...would you? And would you bother describing a Caucasian man as being a WHITE CAUCASIAN man? No... Why not? Well, because Caucasians are white people. That's sort of the definition of being Caucasian.
So, what does this have to do with Wakanda? Well, their RULER and SPIRITUAL leader is The BLACK PANTHER. Calling a panther black is like calling a polar bear white. All polar bears ARE white.... All panthers ARE black...
A PANTHER (the species), BY DEFINITION, ARE JAGUARS WITH BLACK HAIR. PANTHERS ARE BLACK JAGUARS.
Panther = Black Jaguar.
So, if Wakanda called it's ruler the BLACK JAGUAR... Well, THAT would make sense... but BLACK panther? Seriously? That's like saying the Black Black Jaguar.
So...Wakanda, a more advanced, civilized, and spiritually mature nation, chooses it's king through personal combat, gives them the title of Black Black Jaguar, and hoards the cure for cancer because the rest of the world aren't ready for it... Something about that isn't quite right...