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Bangalla, also known as Bengali or Bangolia or Bengalla (in the 1996 movie adaptation), is a fictional African country that features in the Lee Falk created comic strip The Phantom. Bangalla is the home of the Phantom, who resides in the Deep Woods of the jungle in the fabled Skull Cave. In the 1996 film, Bengalla is located in Asia instead of Africa. In the 2009 The Phantom (miniseries) Bangalla is a fictional small island nation located in the Malay Archipelago.
Bangalla is located in East Africa, around the approximate region of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia. The capital of Bangalla is Mawitaan (formerly Morristown); other cities include Bengalitown, Sanloi, Spyglass and Mucar. Until the 1960s, the country was portrayed as being in Asia, near India.
The Bangallan flag is blue with a yellow crescent to the left, and a star and a circle to the right.
Bangalla is a former British colony that since became a democracy. The country's first president was Lamanda Luaga, a doctor elected to office after having fought an epidemic in the jungle. However, General Bababu seized control of the country and, after announcing that Luaga was dead, searched for Luaga to kill him and exhibit his head as proof. The Phantom, however, abducted Bababu and brought him to the Deep Woods where Luaga defeated him in a fair one-on-one fight. The Council of Chiefs sentenced Bababu to two years' hard labor at each tribal nation. (There were 12 chiefs present at the time, and hard labor meant exactly that.) General Bababu has, however, never given up the hopes of becoming dictator of Bangalla and has been a recurring villain in Phantom lore, usually in cooperation with other dictators who seek a marionette-president.
According to Team Fantomen
After the above events, Team Fantomen added its own twists to the politics of Bangalla. Luaga lost a re-election bid to the pathologically evil Kigali Lubanga, who ruled the country as a dictator during the non-comics-world years of 1994–1996, before he was apparently killed and Luaga came back to take control of a country that was in uproar.
Lubanga has since shown up on several occasions to haunt the Phantom and try to take power. Although Luaga was able to imprison him, Lubanga had destroyed all evidence against him so he could never be convicted in a fair trial. After Lubanga escaped, it became known that Luaga had kept him imprisoned for years, which came across as a greedy political decision to get rid of a rival. Luaga then resigned, after which Lubanga tried to take power but was hindered by the Phantom, and disappeared.
Sandal Singh, leader of the Singh Brotherhood, was subsequently elected president, an office she held in stories produced until 2015.
Bangala is also near Ivory Lana (also called Fari Lana), whose president Goranda is a friend of Luaga and Rodia (also written Rhodia).
Laws and Constitution
The Constitution of Bangalla is much like the United States Constitution
- The Executive Branch
- The executive branch of the constitution mandates a president of the Republic of Bangalla, a vice president and a cabinet of ministers. The president and vice president are elected for a five-year term. The next presidential election will be held in 2015.
- The Legislative Branch
- The legislative branch is made up of a senate and a house of representatives. The members of the senate are elected for six-year terms and are chosen from each of Bangalla's 33 provinces, three from each province. The members of the house of representatives, of which there are 400, are elected for two-year terms.
- The Judiciary Branch
- The judiciary branch is made up of a supreme court and lesser courts. The supreme court consists of nine justices. Recent events have established that the president, should he or she deem it necessary, has the power to suspend the laws. President Luaga, for instance, suspended the rules against striking or assaulting the president, in an effort to have a fair fistfight with a citizen. Such an exhibition of power suggests that the legislature of Bangalla is weaker than those in many commonwealth countries.
Bangalla is unique in that one of its citizens is a mountain wolf named Mr. Devil, a faithful companion to the Phantom.
Presidents of Bangalla
According to the newspaper strip
- Lamanda Luaga, Independence declaration-still holding office
According to Team Fantomen
- Lamanda Luaga, Independence declaration-1994
- Kigali Lubanga, 1994-1996
- Lamanda Luaga, 1996-2005, resigned after a scandal involving holding opponent Lubanga, who was imprisoned without trial
- Sandal Singh, 2007-2015, leader of the Singh Brotherhood
- Mandell, Jonathan (1996-06-10). "The Phantom's' Father Is a Pretty Legendary Figure Too". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-13.