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6th Sep '17 3:30:05 PM RaustBD
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** 1: They might have been intending to break the reincarnation cycle for good in the long term and keep the Avatar from being of a competent age for a few decades in the short term. 2: They're still suspecting it's an airbender because there hadn't been so much as a single substantiated sighting of the avatar in over 100 years, even during the years when the "new avatar" would've been a child, meaning that the only explanation is that the avatar escaped and has lived to a ripe old age.
6th Sep '17 12:23:39 PM sugaricequeen
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* Is it explained how the Fire Nation made it to the Southern Air Temple in the first place? Aang says when they get there that the only way to reach it is on a flying bison.
5th Sep '17 8:36:04 AM sugaricequeen
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* If the Fire Nation knows that the Avatar, once killed, is always reborn into the next nation in the cycle, then why did they kill all the Air nomads in the first place? And why are they still expecting the Avatar to be a 100-year-old airbender? Shouldn't there have come a point where they started looking for an earthbender instead?
27th Jul '17 7:35:51 PM Coldfire82
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** Interestingly enough the official policy of the Northern Water Tribe at the time echoes the noticeable absence of named women benders (or at least those trained in combat) in the series. Aside from Avatars Yangchen and Kyoshi, there is only one female airbender shown and named (Sister Liu from Appa's flashback), two female earth benders (Toph and Oma), and Azula was noticeably the first and (up until the middle of the third season) only female firebender. There were no female Earthbenders shown either the Earth Kingdom armies or the Dai Li, and the Fire Nation's only confirmed female soldiers served either in prisons or in law enforcement, as opposed to taking part in any major foreign campaigns or occupations (however, since many soldiers wore masks as a part of their uniform, it would be difficult to ascertain their gender from a glance). The Foggy Swamp Tribe seemed to be the only tribe that had women benders fight alongside male benders. While Katara was right to point out that she should be able to learn how to fight with Waterbending if she wanted to, the baffling expectation throughout much of the world at that time seemed to be that women were expected not to fight, even if they were benders in a time of war. The fact that almost all of the aforementioned female benders were easily equaled or surpassed their male peers are a strong indication that this exception is not grounded in any concrete fact.
15th May '16 7:50:46 AM H2SO4
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* Doesn't the Fire Nation have a KGB-like organization whose job is to ensure the loyalty of citizens (in this matter, rebel hunting), much like how Star Wars had COMPNOR or the Imperial Security Beureau? If they did, shouldn't they be the ones Team Avatar has to contend with?
28th Dec '15 1:49:12 AM Dgon
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\n**The problem is to think: Nation equals State (as in country) when is more like Nation equals People. Thatís why in real life some people refer to Native Americans as First Nations (especially in Canada) or use terms like Apache nation and Navajo nation. The UK has one single government but encompass four nations; England, Scotland, Wales and (well part of the nation of Ireland) Northern Ireland. The USA have sovereign Indian tribes that are define as nations inside its territory, China officially recognizes 18 different nationalities. So you get my idea. \\\
Also the opposite may apply, Pan-Arabism for example consider all Arabs members of one single nation, yet divided among like 12 independent states. The Umma is sometimes call the Muslim nation and is a similar case as the aforementioned. Jews consider themselves one single people, yet they only have one independent State, but very numerous communities around the world. In A:TLAís world there are only four nations (or races or peoples, as you wish) define by their element, yet nation and government are rarely the same, as in our world.

26th Dec '15 2:21:53 AM Luppercus
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**To be honest, is harder to explain why Katara and Soka's skin color is never notice.
26th Dec '15 2:17:58 AM Luppercus
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****How was that suggested and by whom?
26th Dec '15 2:10:11 AM Luppercus
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**Is China and Taiwan one nation or two? And is Tibet part of the nation known as China or is a different nation? The problem is that we in the West tend to think in nations as synonymous of state (government) or country, but in the East (and the show is strongly Influenced by Eastern culture) nation is more an ethnic term, as for example a Tamil in India may feel that he is part of the Tamil Nation, thus feeling closer to the Tamils in Sri Lanka than to non-Tamil Indians, a Tibetan in Northern India probably feel closer to a Tibetan in Tibet and part of the same nation even when they live in different countries/states and are citizens of different governments. Just make the same analogy to ATLA's world.

14th Nov '15 11:22:44 AM nombretomado
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*** This is a world where some people are able to interact with their environment in ways that are absolutely impossible in RealLife and even Aang isn't [[WebVideo/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice the motherfucking Emperor]]. Could be that the Water Tribe blue eyes are not like ''RealLife'' blue eyes at all and offer (near-)complete protection from snow glare. Not only don't we see any of them blinded by it, there is never any complaint made against it and no attempt to avoid it ''at all''.

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*** This is a world where some people are able to interact with their environment in ways that are absolutely impossible in RealLife and even Aang isn't [[WebVideo/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice [[WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice the motherfucking Emperor]]. Could be that the Water Tribe blue eyes are not like ''RealLife'' blue eyes at all and offer (near-)complete protection from snow glare. Not only don't we see any of them blinded by it, there is never any complaint made against it and no attempt to avoid it ''at all''.
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