same deal tho
i actually do have a lot of ~thoughts~ wrt the northern water tribe. in my shameful avatar RP days myself and a bunch of other people thought that the NWT would be the next ~villainy capital of the world~, considering the NWT’s cultural isolation and the implicated political dynamics it has with the rest of the world. they’re a loner country whose social practices and national identity developed without much foreign influence, unlike the EK whose cultural practices and national identity most definitely featured their relationship with the fire nation (especially in recent history). the NWT’s return to international politics occurs only because of a violent attack/attempted invasion that threatened the destruction of their entire belief system. if we imagine the spiritual desolation korra felt when she had her bending removed from her, imagine the terror shared by an entire nation when zhao killed the moon spirit. this of course would heavily influence national identity for years to come.
i do see the problematic “racial” dynamics (if we can call it that, since i’m not sure how race is conceived in the avatarverse), or i guess more accurately we would call it color dynamics. at the same time i think bryke have thought about what they’re doing. its unfortunate that the NWT is a nation of brown people, and unfortunate that all the recent villains in LoK have been brown men. but bryke has yet to play into the savage brown man stereotype—all the NWT male villains have been pretty intelligent, and largely fleshed out. their villainy has little to do with their browness (if we compare to scarjo’s Lucy), but rather has much to do with the socio-political history of where they come from.
and also important is that we have a brown woman defeating these brown men—it’s not really a case of whiteness squashing brownness, or anything like that
Sam’s excellent, excellent return commentary on my comments about lok-era NWT men being Bad News