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Raiko was elected as the first president of the United Republic of Nations in 171 AG.

The president is the democratically elected leader of the United Republic of Nations. As the nation's head of state, the president exercises control over a large majority of the United Republic's sectors, including law enforcement. He also serves as the commander-in-chief of the United Forces.[1] The president is elected for a four-year term but may run for reelection.[2]


The presidency was founded in 171 AG shortly after the end of the Anti-bending Revolution to replace the United Republic Council, which had been deemed incapable of effectively representing the public's interests.[3] During the first election, Raiko won against a single opponent and became the United Republic's first president.[1]

In 174 AG, another presidential election was organized, and Raiko enlisted Wenyan as his campaign manager in hopes to be reelected for a second term. Despite his unpopularity, he was convinced he would win as he was running unopposed. His growing conflict with Avatar Korra, however, spurred Zhu Li Moon to consider running against him.[4]

Position and powers

The president has a large amount of power over the United Republic, serving as commander-in-chief of the entire military and the overseer of the Republic City Police Department, allowing them to prioritize certain police efforts.[1] They can also grant presidential pardons to individuals accused or convicted of crimes against the state.[5]


The president is voted to office by the people of Republic City during an open election. In the first election of 171 AG, there were two candidates, both of whom rallied financial support from businesses and other benefactors in order to fund their campaign.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (October 4, 2013). "Peacekeepers". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 17. Nickelodeon.
  2. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer), Koh, Irene (artist), Nate Piekos; Blambot (letterer), Heather Campbell, Jane Bak (cover). Turf Wars Part One (July 26, 2016), Dark Horse Comics.
  3. Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (September 13, 2013). "Rebel Spirit". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 13. Nickelodeon.
  4. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer), Koh, Irene (artist), Nate Piekos; Blambot (letterer), Heather Campbell, Vivian Ng (cover). Turf Wars Part Two (January 17, 2018), Dark Horse Comics.
  5. Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Zwyer, Melchior (director). (October 17, 2014). "The Coronation". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 16.