Amon - Equalists vs. the Anti-Equalist Task Force
Real Life parallels: Kuomintang vs. Communists
The Equalists, their rhetoric, outfits and posters are strongly influenced by Communist rethoric and themes. Compare the propaganda posters, that Amon promises ‘Equality for the oppressed non-benders’, their goal of overthrowing the existing power/government structure and last, but not least him claiming to come from humble farmer origins, like Mao Zedong.
Now, let’s talk about this new task force.
Who are they, what do they want?
- Protect the existing order
- Protect the Republic i.e. the existing political system
- Led by the rich and privileged
This parallels pretty much with the Kuomintang, especially once under Chiang Kai-shek’s control.
Historically, in the 1920, two main forces tried to get political control of China:
The Communist Party and the Kuomintang (Nationalists) and the show seems to strongly parallel those two groups, their symbolism and ideals, in the two factions that we see: Equalists and Task Force.
Now the question is: Will there be a civil war, as there was in history?
Added creator hint: Wondered why two Water Tribe characters are in charge of the task force and not, say, Lin: Compare the Kuomintang flag with the Water Tribe colors and style… yeaaaah.
More about the Kuomintang:
After the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty in the 1911 Xinhai Revolution and the founding of the Republic of China, the Kuomintang was formally established on August 25, 1912 at the Huguang Guild Hall in Beijing where the Revolutionary Alliance and several smaller revolutionary groups joined together to contest the first National Assembly elections.
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