Not to forget that most -if not all- other technological advancements come from the United Republic, which is seen as stolen Earth Kingdom territory. So a boycot, either official or unofficial as in by social pressure on the elite, wouldn’t be so surprising at all.
Something interesting I noticed:
Ok so a big theme of the Earth Kingdom arc in the Last Airbender was the rampant social inequality and the oppressive tactics the regime used to enforce it
When Team Avatar went to Ba Sing Se, aside from the obvious disparity between the Upper, Middle, and Lower…
How the hell did Zaheer learn all of those Airbending moves?
He’s like a master class Airbender now
Oh and I’m pretty sure Ghazan/Gazhan and Ming Hua totally just killed a bunch of people when they were escaping there. I mean, Ming Hua tossed a guy into a pit of lava and Ghazan threw a ninja-star made of lava at a guard.
My thoughts exactly. I get that’s he’s very educated on air nomad philosophy and probably also bending forms.. but there is still a big difference between theory and practice. It’s been only two weeks since he has airbending and who says he knew right away he had it when he got it? Bumi and Daw only found out about two weeks later…
Can we take the time to acknowledge that Zaheer can airbend?
Look at the other characters who gained airbending abilities after Harmonic Convergence. They are all shit at airbending, constantly flying out of their jackets and whatnot.
But then we have Zaheer. He is just…
Hey look! Real blue fire! This is so cool. Maybe Azula and old man Zuko are real after all! Woohoo.
Blue Fire Crater - Kwah Ijen Volcano, East Java / Indonesia
At Kawah Ijen, extremely high quantities of sulfuric gases emerge at high pressures and temperatures [sometimes in excess of 600°C] along with the lava. Exposed to the oxygen present in air and sparked by lava, the sulfur burns readily, and its flames are bright blue.