I want to talk about the whole Earth King not knowing about the War. How realistic do you think this is? Aside from Long Fend and the Dai Li, The King must have had some guards of his own, along with servants. It's possible that they were bribed by Long Fend, or brain washed, but wouldn't the information somehow leak to him? After Long Fend is outed by Aang and the King doesn't want to believe them. A loyal guard would have told him that the Avatar was telling the truth, right?
It seemed believable enough given the structure of the city. I kind of get the feeling that Kuei’s guards and servants wouldn’t have known any more than he did, since they’d have spent all of their time in the Upper Ring and the Dai Li would closely monitor what they knew. The soldiers on the outer wall knew about the war, of course, but I don’t think very many people in the Upper Ring knew.
I always wondered why Kuei was so tolerant with the Gaang. For a puppet king, he gave a lot of credit to the Avatar. The thing is, Long Feng pretty much raised him, which means Long Feng had the advantage over the Gaang. It seems to me that Kuei, despite his childlike behaviour, is much smarter than he looks. Perhaps he already had his suspicions on Long Feng. The fact that he was willing to arrest Long Feng in the way he did, demonstrates that he is naive, but not stupid.
Fire Lord Zuko:
Well...the Fire Nation is a wonderful place and I love it, but they hate me and they're trying to kick me out of office. One time, they made a pinata of my face and then everybody in the city came and took turns hitting it with a stick. And they filled it with broccoli, just to add insult to injury. But, politics! You know what I mean, right?