The people of the Water Tribe are generally peaceful, and strive to live in harmony with nature and the other nations of the world. There are two primary divisions of the Water Tribe, the Northern Tribe and the Southern Tribe, though both were at least de jure governed by the Northern chief.
When the Avatar was rediscovered, it awakened a new era in the time of the Water Tribes. The South Pole had been left alone for many years, especially after the men of the Tribe went to war. When the Avatar was discovered, the isolation ended with the Fire Nation s Prince attacking the village. Now that the Avatar is back, people are starting to believe that the rest of the South Pole can no longer remain as neutral as it has been.
The Water Tribe is less powerful than both the Earth Kingdom and the Fire Nation, due to its geographical location and the small size of its population and economy. The economy is dependent on the ocean, given the country’s location and lack of arable land, apparent manufacturing capacity or minable resources.
The Water Tribe joined a global conflict known as the Hundred Year War against the Fire Nation during the life of Avatar Aang. The Southern Tribe was driven to the brink of extinction through a series of devastating raids,and the Northern Tribe proved unable to provide any resources for the War beyond its borders. With the War’s conclusion, a reconstruction effort began for the Southern Tribe, consequently restoring contact between the two tribes.
|“The people of the Water Tribe are capable of adapting to many things. They have a deep sense of community and love that holds them together through anything.” – Uncle Iroh to Prince Zuko|