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Edited to ad: LBZ is the TTT leader as of episode three.

This post was made before the ep. aired.

Tripple Threat Triads - Lightning Bolt Zolt

Shady Shin seems to be one of the Triad leaders, possibly as high up as Deputy Mountain Master.

The Lightning Bolt Zolt either refers to a specific Triad squad, an event (maybe high risk Pro-Bending), a Triad sponsored Pro-Bending Team, or possibly a triad squad with those zappers.

Image source: One, two

More about the Triads

Anti-Benders, Equalists, another piece in the puzzle

Once more it is strongly implied that the anti-bender/ Equalist movement parallels the communist revolution.

The activist we see is a grad student. Communism, in most countries that it took a hold, started out at the universities.

If we are staying within the sino-centric universe that atla is set in: Mao Zedong himself was a grad student at Beijing University, where was introduced to the teachings of Chen DuXin, co-founder of the Chinese communist party. Mao came from a poor, very traditional family. 

I am not sure if that protester is supposed to parallel Mao Zedong, but the description in the game does fit Mao’s life-story, down to him - presumably- being a student of Amon, the founder of the movement.


1. Republic City, Yu Dao, Imperialism, the Boxer Rebellion and Hong Kong

2. Yu Dao – Republic City – the END and TRANSITIONING of Colonies

3. What time period is ATLA set in

4. Implications of The Founding of Republic City i.e. The Promise Part One

5. Amon Poster - Real World References

6. Amon’s Mask - Analyzed through Beijing Opera Symbolism

Republic City - City Hall

Republic’s City’s City Hall has a very Commonwealth feeling to it.

Compare the interior design to the House of Lords in Britain, or the House of Commons in Canada, or the exterior to the parliament in India. 

If you think about it, using Commonwealth architecture as a reference for a former colony, not really that surprising.

Image source: One, two, three, four,

Hongkong, historic city hall.


1. Republic City, Yu Dao, Imperialism, the Boxer Rebellion and Hong Kong

2. Yu Dao – Republic City – the END and TRANSITIONING of Colonies

… flames up yours, fellow council member!

The Streets of Republic City

The streets being laid out on a grid is not just the animators being lazy, or Republic City being a new and planned city. Chinese cities have been laid out on grids for several thousand years.

Ancient Chinese urban planning is the application of the traditional principles of Chinese architecture to urban design. These traditions can be summarized as: fengshui geomancy and astronomy; the well-field system; gaitian cosmology; qi as a medium of energy connecting man, earth, and heaven; political power shared between a military aristocracy and educated advisers; the holy place bo; a three-tiered economic system under absolute state control; early writing; and the walled yet portable capital city as a diagram of political power.

Air Temple Architecture

Dougong  斗拱 literally “cap [and] block”) is a unique structural element of interlocking wooden brackets, one of the most important elements in traditional Chinese architecture.

Maps from Google Maps.

Image source: One