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Oh, look - it’s two of my favourite things mixed together in perfect harmony! c:

Thought it would be sweet as to draw the BbS gang from Kingdom Hearts in Republic City gear/respective elemental nation clothing, whilst paying tribute to their original KH designs, so this sort of…happened. >w< Basically, Ven’s best buddies Terra and Aqua are congratulating him for gaining airbending and joining the new Air Nation. 

Bashed the background together in about 40 minutes because I was tired, and wanted this piece done… at least it looks a little less half-done that I feared. |D

also I finally did all three of them together in one Avatar crossover I’m so darn proud ;w;

and look at Ven in that wingsuit he’s so cute I’m gonna die

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I finally figured out how The United Republic of Nations works in the world of Avatar. See, we have Republic as the capital, however, there are other cities that are apart of the Republic. Now, I was under the impression that there were small cities located throughout the earth kingdom. As in, scattered in every which way, like, wherever the Fire Nation colonies had been *see picture two*. But it’s actually more centralized than that. The grayish-purple colored area on picture one is located in the north-western Earth Kingdom and that is actually the full encompassed region of the URN. 

Picture two is from The Promise comic, which is fully canonical to the series, but until now we didn’t have a definite map of the URN borders. I just thought it was cool/interesting! I was confused on how the the United Republic locations worked for a long time. Haha. Now if only they would show us some of the smaller cities from the Republic!

LoK Headcanon

Ok, so the election… the United Republic is now becoming a self governing nation with a government chosen by its citizens, rather than an internationally governed joint territory (I expect over the next several years the United Forces are going to need to be restructured… it exists currently as a joint peacekeeper force, hence a Prince of the Fire Nation at its head.  Before long as the United Republic starts asserting its own interests, there won’t be a position for foreign commanders of its forces - and you see the beginning of that already between him and the President).

I’m glad for the shift representing that there WAS a government not responsive to the majority of the citizens, and instead reflecting a Bending-based cultural paradigm.  Amon’s solution was evil, but as with the Bolsheviks, the Maoists, etc - his uprising was based on actual disenfranchisement and exploitation.

I was thinking about the parties that would be forming, and obviously the writers have said they don’t want to go into to much detail on this stuff, but it’s my forte so here I go!  These are all very young parties, and as such represent coalitions of smaller existent factions, such as all four nationalist cliques (the Water Tribe cliques can work with larger political groups, but the Earth Kingdom and Fire Nation extremist cliques both reject the United Republic’s EXISTENCE historically, so they’re kind of on the outs…)

In descending order of votes garnered in the first election…

Democratic Liberty Party: This is Raiko’s Party.  It is a predominately non-bender led, property rights geared party, largely seen as the party of the non-bender bourgeoisie (commercial class).  Raiko himself was a Property Rights Attorney before the uprising, who became an outspoke anti-Triad activist.  He gained fame through survival of multiple Triad attempts on his life.  When he spoke out against Amon for the same violence and violations of personal rights as the Triads, he gained respect from Benders as well.  He had to spend the uprising in hiding.  His party favors a strong central government as well as active protection of property rights and industrialization.  It has close ties to major companies, including historically Future Industries, but Raiko had to refuse campaign donations from Asami because of what her father did.  The party’s support is largely ethnically diverse, but draws disproportionately from those with Fire Nation ancestry, as they’re the historically economically privileged class in the United Republic.

Harmony and Justice Party: This is the party of the “Other Guy” that Varrik mentioned - the other mainstream party in this first election.  Like Raiko’s party, this group is largely non-bender led, though in this case drawing disproportionately from those of Earth Kingdom and Southern Water Tribe descent (the Souther Water Tribe national clique is part of this party) the historically economically less privileged class in the city.  It is seen largely as the party of the non-bender working class.  It is much more geared to social safety nets and public works than the property rights oriented Democratic Liberty property.  It also wants power more decentralized so local communities can have a stronger say over local police and projects.  For better and worse in the last election it was seen as the party for disillusioned Equalists.

United Republican Party: Not a major player in this last election though with a strong enough financial base and numbers to be a contender going forward.  This party favors stronger cultural representation, rather than numerical rule - basically they implicitly opposed the dissolution of the Council in favor the Presidential system.  They are also the most spiritual of the parties, favoring traditionalist laws, and of the major parties are the most skeptical of industrialization, favoring active conservation as spirit appeasement.  They are seen by many as a “Bender Party” - though they have many non-Bender members, particularly those following Air Acolyte teachings (though Tenzin and the Acolytes do not involve themselves in electoral politics), as well as the Northern Water Tribe nationalist clique.  Their candidate for President was a Northern Water Tribe woman from the same political group as Tarrlok, but who had been seen as Tarrlok’s enemy and rival within said group.

People’s Ascension Party: Thinly veiled Equalists.

Burning Voice Party: Fire Nationalist clique, barely bothering to hide its ties to the Agni Kai Triad.  While they no longer openly call for the return of URN territories to Fire Nation rule and praise Sozin, Azulon, and Ozai - that is the historic legacy they are drawing on.  (Fun fact: the real world Triads were founded as rebel groups against Manchurian rule of China; I figure the first Triads in the world of Avatar started similarly, with the Agni Kais being Fire Nation rebels against the United Republic)

Emerald Palm Party: Earth Kingdom nationalist clique, barely bothering to hide its ties to the Jade Fist Triad.  They DO still openly call for the return of URN territories to the Earth Kingdom and the exile of all non-Earth Kingdom peoples.  (The Jade Fist in this headcanon are the other “first triad”, in their case rebels against the United Republic from the Earth Kingdom side.  If anyone’s curious, the Red Monsoons were born as a group protecting the Water Tribe minority in the United Republic, but under Yakone went full organized crime syndicate; the Triple Threats are unique that they were born purely via three benders getting together and saying “who cares about this nationalist bullshit, lets just combine are skills and make a lot more money and take a lot more power that way!”)


So there’s your 6 parties in the United Republic.  Only the first 3 are contenders for the Presidency (and the third not quite yet), and Lin is investigating the latter three as criminal fronts.

Also slipped some Triad history headcanon in there with the last two.


*giant nerd!* 

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I wonder if Bolin will get a chance to get to master his earthbending.  Because after watching him bend outside of the Pro-Bending arena, his style doesn’t change from Pro-bending to street fight earthbending style.

I wonder if his style will change as the series goes. Same goes to Mako because there’s a high chance he too didn’t master his firebending.

With that said, I wonder if the average benders in the city only knows the basics of bending. I wonder how the city folks can master their elements? Is there a special school for it? Do they have to pay to get a master in the city?  Is there even a legit bending master in the city?! 

Republic City from Avatar: Legend of Korra

Republic City Skyline 01

Republic City Skyline 02

Republic City Park/Avatar Korra Park

City Hall

Kwong’s Cuisine

Police Headquarters

Republic City Port

Industrial Area

Republic City Power Plant

Central City Station

Harmony Tower

Little Ba Sing Se Fashion Mall

Silk Road Bridge

Cabbage Corp Headquarters

Cable Car Station

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And screw it, I know we’ve all seen this already but I’m excited and I’m posting it again.

Legend of Korra preview.

Korra Speculation

So, according to KorraSpirit (the one who streams all the LOK episodes for those who are unfortunate enough to not be able to watch on Nick) the last four episodes finally got a synopsis: 

Episode 10 (Airs December 5th) ‘Operation: Beifong’: “Bolin helps Opal and Lin save the Beifongs from Kuvira; Korra visits the spirit world.”

Episode 11 (Airs December 12th) 'Kuvira’s Gambit’: “Korra and Team Avatar try to stop Kuvira from moving against Republic City.”

Episode 12 (Airs December 19th) 'Day of the Colossus’: “Team Avatar clashes with Kuvira on the streets of Republic City.”

Episode 13 (Airs December 19th) 'The Last Stand’: “When Korra comes face to face with Kuvira, the fate of the Earth Kingdom is at stake.”

Episode 10 is going to air this friday so we’re gonna find out pretty son what’s going to happen. Now it’s when the speculation and guessing comes into play. I believe that Lin, Opal, Toph and Bolin will manage to save Suyin and the rest of the family and after that they’ll probably go to Republic City - though that’s going to happen in episode 11 for sure. I am wiling to bet that one half of the episode will be dedicated to Varrick and Asami trying to build something to counter Kuvira and since it’s been forever since we’ve seen Kuvira herself we will most likely get a few scenes with her as well. She will either a) talk with Bataar Jr about the vines and how she’s going to use'em or b) after she gets a significant amount of vines she will deliver them to Zhu li and Bataar while at the same time checking up with them on the super weapon. 

It’s already established that Bataar is in no way capable of building such a weapon himself so Zhu Li is a key chracter here. I figure that her character arc will take a turn in Friday’s episode or at least the episode right after that. She will be basically the one to make said weapon. Here’s where it gets tricky. If she is still on Varrick’s side then she would do anything to sabotage the weapon but not in a way that it will be noticeable that it is her doing it. She will either a) act like she has no idea how to make it work or b) blame it all on Bataar - but again in a way that it’s really Bataar blaming himself that it doesn’t work. It’s pretty confusing. If Zhu Li really is on Kuvira’s side then she’ll make the weapon no questions asked. 

But. If she really is with Varrick why would she agree to do it? Why would she just want to make a deadly weapon just so she can gain Kuvira’s trust and then betray her? Something doesn’t add up really. I’m sure we’ll get a resolution for her as well. 

Episode 11 sounds interesting enough and really really predictable. Really, the whole fandom practically saw this coming. Kuvira has the whole EK but not Republic City and she wants it to complete the puzzle and our heroes have to stop here from reaching the city. I think Kuvira will try to threaten RC once she has her weapon complete. But of course the RC will not bow down to her and when the world leaders will see that she managed to put together the super weapon Bolin and Varrick told them about they will likely do something about it. 

I mean, heck, I love Fire Lord Izumi but, as much as she is right about pointless wars the FN has had, she should have offered her help because she knew what an opressive ruler can do, she knew the consequences of not doing anything. Her GRANDFATHER was that kind of leader and yet she sits this one out.  I am sure, however, that this decision will come into play in episode 11, when she and the other leaders will see that Kuvira means business. 

Episode 11 or even episode 12 would be a great opportunity to see the United Republic of Nations Navy/Army again it would make perfect sense. They are the equivalent of the real United Nations. Kuvira is a theat not only to the EK but to the whole world because she takes non-EK citizens and throws them in her reeducation camps. 

P.S : it bothers me a lot that Bolin and Varrick completely forgot to mention that. Yeah, it wasn’t THAT important or anything. The Fire Lord would probably be ok with her people being taken away by Kuvira because they are not EK citiziens. It was an important thing to say and the writers just toss it away like it’s nothing. 

Another thing that pisses me off is that neither of the water tribes’ chiefs were invited to that meeting. They are world leaders they represent a nation. 

Anyway, let’s move on. 

Episodes 12 and 13. 

Episode 12 will most probably have Kuvira marching in on RC after they refuse to surrender to her. By this point the counter-thingy that Asami and Varrick started to work on a couple of episodes ago will be finished. The next logical thing would be to defend Republic City by having Korra and her friends there, the airbenders, probably the FN army if Izumi manages to see that Kuvira is the FN’s business as well. Again, I’ll be disappointed if the United Republic of Nations will not make an appearance. Why mention them in the show at all if were going to use them just twice? 

I know what? Screw that! They’ve used the URN once. The second time ( in book 2) Iroh II said he couldn’t help behind Raiko’s back. 

The URN is awesome ,it has potential, and most of all it just makes sense to have them there in the last two or three episodes of Korra. Why? Because Kuvira is a world problem, because they should represent peace and order. I would have loved to somehow see the URN trying to sanction Kuvira for her actions and her mocking them and so forth. What are they doing this whole time? Drinking tea?

OK, by this point I’ve gained a lot of haters but hate away. 

So, by the second half of episode 12 we’ll dive into the big climax , the battle between Kuvira and Korra. I reckon it won’t be a battle like Aang/Ozai or Korra/Zaheer but that it would be more Korra trying to reason with her then trying to fight her then finding another way to solve the conflict. 

Of course it would be a cliffhanger for episode 13. 

In episode 13 I imagine Kuvira will try to use the weapon and she will be countered by Varrick and Asami’s invention - probably the same thing Varrick did when Bolin was fighting the mecha bots or whatever they are called. It would be a thing that basically neutralizes any weapon Kuvira has.

I feel like someone will die by the end of Korra. I don’t know who but someone will someone important. Not Bolin or Mako or anyone just like a second important character. The idea is that LOK never had a death of a character that was close to the Gaang/Krew like ATLA did. ATLA had Monk Gyatso  ( who died offscren) and Jet. Even Aang sorta died at the end of Book 2 but Katara brought him back. What I mean is we need a moment when Korra realises what it means to be the Avatar that it has both good and bad things and that sometimes the Avatar loses just like Aang lost Gyatso and his whole nation. Being the Avatar comes with sacrifices and she has to learn this. 

Of course Book 4 Korra is much more likeable than annoying Book 2 Korra but I still think she hasn’t learned THAT much. Yes she had that spiritual and mental blockage and yes she learnt to not rely so much on her strenght but , to me, I feel she still holds her strenght and ability to fight at the top of the list. She still has that bit of her personality where winning is everything and being able to beat the bad guy is just a must. Sure, Aang had that too because he thought the world needed to know he was still alive that he could still protect everyone. 

Korra will learn at the end to balance herself and she will most probably regain her connection to her past lives. I feel like that’s going to be the big reward at the end after having spend 2 Books without them she will finally get her past lives back. 

But maybe I’m wrong. Who knows? We’ll watch and see what happens.

United Republic of Nations. (Open Positions)
  1. Secretary of War- They handle military matters, and help oversee the United Forces. 
  2. Secretary of State- They are in charge of overseeing the handling of foreign citizens in the URN. They also oversee how URN citizens are in other nations. 
  3. Secretary of Treasury- They oversee all the money in the URN, how it is minted, or printed, and where/how it is distributed.
  4. Secretary of Labor- They make sure working conditions are fair, and safe. They also make sure that people’s pay is fair. 
  5. Secretary of Transportation- They oversee all the trains in the city, as well as the roads, and bridges. 
  6. Secretary of Energy- They see to it that the URN is powered, and that black outs do not occur. 
  7. Secretary of Spiritual Affairs- They handle the new Spirits in the city, and the Spirit Vines. (Newest Position) 
  8. Secretary of Environmental Affairs- They handle anything that deals with the World’s Natural Flora, and Fauna.
Minor headcanon.

Earth King Kuei married a Fire Nation noblewoman as a political move around the time the United Republic of Nations was being formed. The bride was a relative of Zuko’s, and he played a huge role in arranging the marriage. He even provided an enormous dowry for her. The marriage itself was initially a symbolic gesture of uniting the Earth Kingdom and the Fire Nation, but Kuei fell in love with his betrothed at first sight. The woman, who was given very little say in the marriage, grew to love him in return over time. The royal marriage was happy and successful overall, and their eldest grandson is currently ruling the Earth Kingdom.