Bangalla is the country where the Phantom lives, formerly known as Bengali.
According to the Newspaper strip
Government and politics
Bangalla is a former British Commonwealth country that became independent in the 1960s.
After the independence, general elections were held and dr. Lamanda Luaga was elected the first president of Bangalla. His opponent, General Bababu, opposed the election results and a civil war broke out. Bababu seized power briefly until the civil war was over and president Luaga was reinstated.
The judicial system is based on the British, with judges wearing wigs and hanging is used as a capital punishment.
Death penalty has been put on crimes, such as taking drugs into the countryand may also be imposed on possesion of drugs. Attempt to kill the president is also a crime that may result in death penalty.
The president is the supreme commander of all the army forcesand has the power to momentarily suspend at least some laws.
Map of Bangalla's border to the dictatorship Ughland.
Behind the scenes
The Phantom's home country was originally the island of Luntok in Asia. Later on, Lee Falk introduced the name Bengali, and inserted more and more African influences. In the 1960s, the location of Bengali was established to be in Africa, but the exact location is uncertain. Even though several neighbor countries are known by name, it is not entirely clearly where they are located in relation to each other. Maps appearing in the strip has shown the country to be near Zanzibar, Ethiopia, Kenya and Cameroon. In the 1970s, Lee Falk changed the name of the country to Bangalla.
According to Team Fantomen
Government and politics
Bengali is a former British Commonwealth country that became independent in the 1960s.
After the independence, general elections were held and dr. Lamanda Luaga was elected the first president of Bengali. His opponent, General Bababu, opposed the election results and a civil war broke out. Bababu seized power briefly until the civil war was over and president Luaga was reinstated.
The president can sentence at least some criminals to capital punishment by firing squad.
In the 17th century, most of current Bengali was part of Emperor Joonkar's empire Nyahpura, and some cities like Spyglass were ruled by a sultan, others were independent or belonged to European nations. At the beginning of the 18th century, even Spyglass belonged to Nyahpura. After the assasination of emperor Joonkar and the defeat of the Singh pirate Abba Singh, Nyahpura had a few years of democracy before a famine ruined the country.
In 1717, Sanloi was an independent city.
In 1735, the rich Bengalitown was sacked by pirates and never recovered. The treasure reemerged first in modern times, giving back some of the former glory to the town.
Around the 1780s, there was a British governor in Bengali by the name of Percy. The 12th Phantom payed him a visit.
After the turn to the 19th century, Moribar was a fast growing city within the British Empire.
During the time of the 14th Phantom (1811-1831), the British governor Sir William G. Loder turned worked with pirates, using the alias "the Scarecrow".
By 1826, the British governor sir Cedric had made all of Bengali a British colony, but he was involved in the opium trade and was arrested and sent back to England for trial.
In 1827, the British governor, Lord Flimsey, cooperated with a slave catcher, realizing too late that slave trade was illegal and punishable with death. The 14th Phantom informed him about this and he repented, and also grew a beard to cover a skull mark.This possibly took place before the time of William G. Loder.
In 1831, the Jungle Patrol was reformed with an unknown commander after some tragic events.
Sometime after 1826 was Moribar renamed Morristown.
In 1868, the British governor sir Stamford Bridges had a railroad built with slave labor. When this was revealed, he accidentally killed his own son, Lieutenant Nicholas Bridges.
Towards the end of the 1880s, the British governor, Lord Hawkwood, cooperated with pirates for a couple of years until he was finally exposed by the 17th Phantom and Richard Fernwhistle, the son of former governor sir Lionel Fernwhistle who had been murdered by Hawkwood's associates.
By the end of the 1920s the British governor repeatedly tried to merge the Jungle Patrol with the regular British forces, without success.
The struggle for independence from the British was very violent and the colonial forces used excess violence against civilians, including executions, burning down villages and stealing cattle. The rebels used bombs to blow up public buildings, bridges and railroad track.
Map of Bengali and Haman West of The Indian Ocean
Bengali is an East African country, and some of its neighbors are Ivory-Lana, Tarashima, Rhodia, Barderan, Sotuland and the countries of the Misty Mountains. The Capital is Morristown. Other cities include Bengalitown, Sanloi, and Spyglass.
Behind the scenes
The names of Bengali and Morristown have not been changed to Bangalla and Mawitaan in the Team Fantomen stories.
According to Moonstone
Bangalla is located on the west coast of Africa, roughly where the Democratic Republic of the Congo is located in reality. Bangalla borders among others Angola, Zambia, Uganda, Ivory-Lana and Tarakimo.