The Earth Kingdom is one of the world’s four nations. Spanning an entire continent as well as several subsidiary islands, it is the largest and most populated sovereignty in the world and encompasses much of the eastern hemisphere. The kingdom is ruled by a monarchy which operates under the rule of a king or queen. The last earth monarch was the 54th Earth King, Wu, of the Hou-Ting Dynasty, who desired to abdicate the throne in 174 AG in favor of splitting the nation into independent states with democratically elected leaders, akin to the political system used in the United Republic of Nations.
The people of the Earth Kingdom are proud and strong and adhere to a philosophy of peaceful coexistence and cooperation with the other nations of the world. Earthbenders use their abilities for defense and industry and fiercely defended their cities against Fire Nation attacks during the Hundred Year War. It also has a large economy based on agriculture and limited industry, though it is not as economically powerful as the Fire Nation, which benefits from advanced technology.
The Avatar has returned and hope that balance may be restored has swept through the elemental nations. However, the toll of a hundred years of constant warfare weigh heavily in the minds of the Earth Kingdom. While places such as Omashu and Ba Sing Se are still strongholds, the outlying lands and areas taken over by the Fire Nation call into question the Earth Kingdom s military capacity. The emergency panel of the Earth Kingdom is assembled by the authority of The Council of Five and Long Feng, and includes prominent members from cities and colonies around the kingdom.
As the council meets, there are obvious sides already taking form. The emergency panel of the Earth Kingdom is assembled by the authority of Earth King Kuei and is headed militarily by the Council of Five and civilly by the King s agent Long Feng. The panel is convened with the goal of supporting Avatar Aang’s campaign as well as minimizing the damage that will doubtlessly be incurred. On the panel sits notable military leaders, political leaders, and merchant families united in their goal of preserving the Earth Kingdom.