The Legend of Korra - Book One: Air
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March 25 2012, 06:37 PM
Re: The Legend of Korra - Book One: Air
It's not really that surprising when one considers all of the changes from the 1850s to the 1920s. Considering that they already had tanks and battleships, at least the Fire Nation was already well in the throes of the Industrial Revolution. And the Republic is made up of former Fire Nation colonies, so they'd presumably be about as advanced as well.
Yeah, but the Fire Nation's tanks and battleships were powered by firebending. The culture was based on generating power for machinery through human effort, not on using machinery as a source of power. Ultimately everything was driven by
. So it's not analogous to our Industrial Era except on a superficial level. And it would be a major leap to get from that kind of system to the innovation of electric generators, batteries, and the like. The culture would need to undergo a fundamental change in its way of thinking about what technology is.
Although it would help if it were to be revealed that the city's source of electrical power is a legion of lightning-benders.
Fire nation machinery was powered by coal furnaces and steam engines. Remember that earthbender prison that was a storage, processing, and transfer station for coal? Firebending was mostly used for weapons. The Airships, battleships, factories, tanks, and war balloons were powered by coal and steam (though I assume that in an emergency they could be powered by firebending like the War Balloon).
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