First shown in Fantastic Four #52 (July '66), Wakanda possesses the largest stores of Vibranium on Earth, the result of a massive meteor strike. The radiation emitted by the meteorite caused mutations in small portions of the Wakandan population, turning some into "demons spirits", who attacked their fellow tribe members. The first Black Panther, Bashenga, sealed off the meteorite and formed the nation's religion: the Panther Cult.
Years later, under the ruling of King T'Chaka the Great (father of the modern Black Panther, T'Challa), Wakanda was cut off from the rest of the world. T'Chaka knew that the rare vibranium would bring Wakanda many enemies. Using only small amounts of the nation's mineral wealth, T'Chaka sent Wakanda's most intellectual citizens to the corners of the Earth, to learn everything they could in tandem with their own discoveries. As a result, Wakanda's level of technological and economic achievements exceeded those of the traditional world, making it the most advanced civilizations on Earth. Wakanda has never been conquered in the entire history of it's existence. Although it did suffer great damage during AvsX.
Major languages: Wakandian, Yoruba, Hausa, English; Afroasiatic, Nilo-Saharan, Niger-Congo, Khoe, Austronesian, Indo-European
Currency: Wakandian Dollar
Bashenga (first king of Wakanda)
Azzari the Wise (grandfather of T'Challa & Shuri)
T'Chaka the Great (father of T'Challa & Shuri)
S'yan the Swift (uncle of T'Challa & Shuri)
T'Challa (the most recognized and default Black Panther in Marvel Comics. T'Challa is the titular hero of the Black Panther mythos. All other Panthers were created after him and are supporting characters to him)
Shuri (younger sister of T'Challa, current ruler of Wakanda and Black Panther)