The world of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra is filled with rich history, and the average viewer can tell the four nations draw heavily from our own world. The Earth Kingdom stands out in a lot of ways, the most important being the amount of time spent there between both series.
Whether you're an expert in Earth Kingdom trivia or not, these Avatar facts will deepen your appreciation for the world. Take a look below and vote up the most interesting bits of trivia about the Earth Kingdom!
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Political Instability Left The Nation Defenseless Against SozinPhoto: Avatar: The Last Airbender / Nickelodeon
After Avatar Roku's death, the Earth Kingdom didn't stand a chance against Fire Nation forces. The insistence of a monarchy failed the nation since its start, so when the wall of Ba Sing Se was breached in Avatar: The Last Airbender, it was completely unprecedented. Throughout history, life inside the walls of Ba Sing Se was guaranteed security from serious foreign threats.
The Legend of Omashu and "The Cave of Two Lovers" is proof of this, telling the story of a man and woman from warring Earth Kingdom villages.Cool fact?
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Toph Founded The Beifong Metalbending AcademyPhoto: Dark Horse Books
Toph is the greatest earthbender alive, and that's a fact. She did invent metalbending, and not long after the end of The Hundred Year War she began teaching others the new subset of earthbending. It's pretty incredible to think about the humble beginnings of metalbending when The Metal City Of Zaofu is revealed in The Legend of Korra.Cool fact?
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Kuruk’s Former Earthbending Master Was Regarded As A HeroPhoto: Avatar: The Last Airbender / Nickelodeon
The Kyoshi Novels are worth picking up for obvious reasons, being as they give the reader a plethora of context about Kyoshi's reign and the state of the Earth Kingdom. The name Jianzhu comes up quite a bit. A hero turned villain, he was credited for bringing some stability to the Earth Kingdom after Kuruk's early demise, being his Earthbending master and a sage in his own right.
However, Jianzhu became one of Kyoshi's first real enemies after summoning dark spirits to help him with worldly matters.Cool fact?
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The Earth Kingdom Didn't Recognize The United Republic Of NationsPhoto: The Legend of Korra / Nickelodeon
As seen in The Legend of Korra, dealing with the Earth Kingdom monarchy isn't easy. In fact, even after the Dai Li takedown in Avatar: The Last Airbender, the Earth Kingdom still clung to their political system.
The Earth Kingdom, through its monarchy, refused to recognize the United Republic of Nations created by Avatar Aang to bring the world together. It really wasn't until King Wu's decision to finally change their political system, with the help of Avatar Korra.Cool fact?