|Economy in the World of Avatar|
Most nations also developed basic currency based on precious metals. The currency of most nations can be used in others, though there are many areas that do not observe this.
Air Nomads Edit
The Air Nomads were never known to have established any full-fledged economic system. They practiced subsistence agriculture, the practice of growing enough food and crafting enough of the necessary implements to sustain their own survival without the need to trade with others.
Water Tribe Edit
The Water Tribe economy is small, and primarily focused on sustaining the survival of the tribe. Trade with the other nations is rare, as the Water Tribe does not have many items available for the purpose nor many opportunities for trade.
The Water Tribes inherently are dependent on the oceans for a majority of their natural resources and well as the bounty of the frozen tundra. Sea prunes are a favorite, while giant sea crabs are considered a delicious delicacy to those in the Northern Sea. Squid and seaweed can be used to make a wide variety of dishes, including soup, seasoning, and even bread and cookies. Skins from seals are used to create tents, while pelts from furry animals are used as clothing and to cover barren surfaces. Naturally, hunters and fishermen of the Water Tribes are some of the best in the world in their field.
One of the most prevalent natural resources of the Northern Water Tribe is ice. Ice is used as the main building material of buildings, walls, dikes, locks, and other structures, as it is a medium of their bending. Icebending is their primary form of construction.
The Water Tribe does have a form of currency, commonly referred to as Water Tribe money by other nations.
Earth Kingdom Edit
The Earth Kingdom has a vast economy primarily based on agriculture, but incorporating significant industrial elements as well. Fishing and mining are important activities for the economy of the kingdom. Its size and population possibly made it the strongest economy in the world before the Hundred Year War; however, because of the War, poverty is rife in the Earth Kingdom. The Fire Nation charged a tax on occupied parts of the kingdom, causing its wealth to evaporate.
Architecture, farming, carpentry, hunting, and mining are among many significant Earth Kingdom industries. Its citizens have managed to develop an advanced trade and commerce system so that almost all may benefit. From the complex sewage and postal system of Omashu, to the Ba Sing Se monorail stations, and various inventions and their inventors, such as the mechanist, all serve as demonstration of the Earth Kingdom's sophisticated society.
Tourism as well, is an important economic venue. It is relevant because of the level of business it represents. In Ba Sing Se, there are guides and various tours that use the public transport system, the monorail, as a mode to travel the capital.
Just as the Water Tribe's primary building material is ice, the Earth Kingdom's primary building material is rock. All infrastructure including buildings, sewers, and even trains, are made of stone, all constructed by earthbending.
Earth Kingdom coins are mostly round, and all have a square hole in their center which allows them to be strung together, representing the national emblem. There is no significant difference between copper and silver pieces; gold pieces, however, have four notches on their edge, giving them a flower-like shape.
Fire Nation Edit
The Fire Nation is one of the strongest economies in the world, mostly through gains in the War. However, some areas were adversely affected by their country's decision-making: Jang Hui, for example, fell into poverty when the Fire Nation built a smelting factory on the town's river; almost no nourishment was available for the village's residents, and many people may have starved. The economy is based on agriculture, fishing, industry, and technology.
The Fire Nation employs skilled metalworkers and blacksmiths who make use of iron and other metals to engender their fortresses and warships. Utilizing coal dug out by prisoners slaving in mines, they are able to power massive furnaces. During the Hundred Year War, the initial drive for their attempts for expansion was industrializing and having a greater need for resources, in itself a staple of imperialism.
Fire Nation coins are much more angular than their Earth Kingdom counterparts. They vary according to weight, size, and shape, though all have a nationalistic image on the reverse side, and writing on the obverse. The copper piece is the least valuable, and is a square with two concave sides - in its center is an image of a small flame. The gold piece is the longest, and is mostly rectangular in shape with a long slit running from its base to a little below the top. The silver piece is the smallest, and pentagonal in shape with the national emblem on one of its faces.
United Republic of Nations Edit
Although the Fire Nation previously had the strongest economy in the world, Fire Lord Zuko and Avatar Aang created this nation after the Hundred Year War as a place where benders and non-benders would live in peace. Eventually, its capital, Republic City, boomed and the economy began to strengthen significantly.
The economy of the United Republic's capital, Republic City, is primarily based upon industry. In the city, rather than the traditional currency used in the other four nations, the yuan is the used currency.