The Grand Secretariat is a position held by the leader of the government of Ba Sing Se. Answerable to the Earth King, the only known holder of this title was Long Feng. While little information regarding the extent of the duties held by the Grand Secretariat is known, it would appear that he or she serves as the Earth King's foremost adviser on internal matters within Ba Sing Se, which are their responsibility. It is their job to maintain law and order in the bustling metropolis.
At age four, Kuei assumed his position as the Earth King; however, due to Kuei's young age, he was unfit to rule the Earth Kingdom and Grand Secretariat Long Feng was appointed his regent. Long Feng abused his position and conspired against his ruler secretly, effectively taking control of the Earth Kingdom. In silencing all talk of the Hundred Year War being waged beyond the Outer Wall and controlling the city with an iron fist, he forced the citizens of the capital into fear and submission. He was stripped of his position near the end of the War when Team Avatar exposed his conspiracy to the King; however, he would later attempt to overthrow the Earth King entirely in cooperation with Fire Nation Princess Azula and the Dai Li, both of whom would later turn on him. Long Feng was then imprisoned.
- Much like the Earth King is the Head of State, the Grand Secretariat is the Head of Government, similar to the prime minister or president in some countries.
- In the imperial government of the Ming Dynasty [1368-1644], there was an administrative position known as the Grand Secretariat ( ). Similar to the depiction in Avatar, the Grand Secretariat was intended to be a relatively low post, but in practice had a great deal of control over the emperor because he screened all the documents sent to the emperor from all other governmental agencies. The Grand Secretariat also held power over the court and ministers, making him the de-facto ruler at times.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "City of Walls and Secrets". Tim Hedrick (writer) & Lauren MacMullan (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. September 22, 2006. No. 14, Book Two: Earth
- ↑ "The Earth King". John O'Bryan (writer) & Ethan Spaulding (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. November 17, 2006. No. 18, Book Two: Earth
- ↑ "The Crossroads of Destiny". Aaron Ehasz (writer) & Michael Dante DiMartino (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. December 1, 2006. No. 20, Book Two: Earth