Date: 2012-08-19 07:15 am (UTC)
nogan: (Tim McIlrath)
From: [personal profile] nogan
Still, I think Zuko would keep Azula as far from Ozai as possible. He knows how much of an abusive father Ozai was, after all.

Mai could reasonably be expected to know about Fire Nation politics, though (it's my headcanon that they divided up the duties: Zuko, as a shiny new leader, a reformed exiled prince and so forth, would act as an ambassador and a diplomat, leaning heavily on his reputation as a Gaang-member to get people to trust him, and be the public face of the new Fire Nation, while Mai would handle administrative duties, because that's what she would know about, being the daughter of a governor, and they split up the legislative duties which are also being handled by whatever council thing they had, and they'd probably start a court reform because Zuko would probably want the ruler to be affected by the law to prevent another Hundred Year War, and this reform stuck afterwards) Also, Iroh actually was Azulon's chosen - even after he lost his heir, Azulon still would've kept Iroh's position, and punished Ozai by ordering the death of Zuko, which on the other hand led to Ursa doing her murderin'. I assume they just faked the papers to show Ozai as being the leader, and the grief-stricken Iroh didn't just care enough to contest it.

But I agree, they'd need Ozai, because as shown in the series, there's like a billion secret institutions and locations in the Fire Nation, and only Ozai knows all of them. And only Ozai knows exactly how the Fire Nation is built - after all, it's a totalitarian state, I don't really see Ozai making the government transparent or releasing a state budget for the year (66% War (see: War: What Is It Good For? Absolutely Everything! a motion put forth the Royal Commission to Wage More War), 33% Bribes & Other Corruption (we will pay you not to check the numbers) 1% Ozai's Gold Baths (see: the Fire Lord's magnificent abs. They are honed to perfection by bathing in gold, every day.)

Zuko would probably go well with the average peasant - after all, he wants to reduce military spending (and thus taxes), stop conscription, and end the war. The workers would love him. I think he'd mostly have problems with the nobility, because some part of those taxes was ending up in their pockets, and now it's not. Also, the professional soldiers (but not the conscripts) would probably be dissatisfied with the end of the war - after all, they were respected and well-paid, and now they're facing possible unemployement and the loss of their high status and prestige. (I can see a lot of people from the lowest classes joining up because after all, a sergeant in the Army probably makes more in a year than a farmer in their entire life. And of course, everybody likes a soldier!)

I think the A:TLA comic thing kind of touches on this - it's got tension between the colonies and the mainland Fire Nation, at least, and Zuko does ask Ozai for advice at some point. (though that seemed like a fail!scene to me)

In any case, there's a second comic coming up. and... and... quote from tvtropes: "detailing Aang and Zuko's search for Zuko's Missing Mom while dealing with Azula being discharged from her insane asylum." I am excited. Do not fail me, creative team behind this comic.

Also also, Call Me Maybe should CRASH AND BURN AND DIE A FIREY DEATH. (Haha, fiery, lol.) It's like ... the Twitard song. Idk, her actions just look as stalkerish and little-tween-girly as a Bella/Edward stan's, ykwim?

Oh yeah, the video sucks. And I suppose the song sucks, too. But it's a catchy bubblegum pop song, and... I don't know, the Avatar cast should so dance to it. (or: Zuko likes the song, and listens to it in secret. Mai only listens to grunge and symphonic metal.)
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