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This is a map of the Fire Islands, although many of the archipelago's smaller islands are excluded.

The Fire Islands are an archipelago located in the world's western hemisphere that makes up most of the Fire Nation. Its islands, many of whom possess active volcanoes,[1] have diverse climates, ranging from temperate to subtropical to tropical.[2] Historically home to many different peoples and states, the Fire Islands were unified under the first Fire Lord to become the Fire Nation, although the islands of the Bhanti and Sun Warriors remained de facto independent.

History

After the era of Raava, the Fire Islands became home to many warring peoples, most of whom were led by warlords.[3] While at least one culture, the Sun Warriors,[4][5] flourished during these times, many of the other groups suffered deeply under constant warfare. The unification wars of the Fire Islands resulted in the emergence of the Fire Nation.[3]

Although the unified nation prospered due to the Fire Islands' natural wealth in minerals and fertile volcanic soil,[2][6] the Fire Islands were also prone to crises. The local volcanoes always remained a mortal threat,[1][6] while temporary changes in weather and fish swarm movements could quickly plunge entire islands into poverty and hunger.[7][8] The worst known natural disasters occurred during the rule of Fire Lord Yosor and almost destroyed the Fire Nation.[7] After the country experienced an industrial revolution and expanded its trade network,[6] however, the Fire Nationals were increasingly able to overcome their islands' limitations and instead exploit them to their full potential. By the Hundred Year War, the Fire Islands had a prospering agriculture producing great surpluses as well as a growing industry powered by coal and oil.[2][9] However, this development negatively impacted the Fire Islands' nature and spirits.[9]

Natural resources

The islands' active volcanoes provide the Fire Nationals with an unlimited source of power.[10] In addition, the islands' volcanic soil enabled a flourishing agricultural industry.[2] Rice,[7] ash banana,[11][12] and melonyam are staples grown on the islands.[13] While farmland is often located in lower altitudes, the mountains have traditionally hosted pastures and tea farms.[14]

The Fire Islands are known for their wealth in metals which led the Fire Nationals to become renown for their great skills as metalworkers and blacksmiths. By the Hundred Year War, the Fire Nation used slave labor to extract huge amounts of coal and metal to support an extensive war industry. Despite the Fire Islands' natural wealth, however, they could not support the Fire Nation's rapid industrialization and the growing living standards of its people. The Hundred Year War was consequently partially motivated to bolster the Fire Islands' own resources by conquering and exploiting other regions of the world.[15]

Rich deposits of natural gas are found in areas like Fire Fountain City.[10]

Settlement patterns

By the 3rd century BG, the population of the smaller Fire Islands was usually concentrated at the coast. Only a minority lived on the islands' mountains.[14]

List of the Fire Islands

The Fire Islands archipelago comprises a great numbers of islands, ranging from massive ones like Capital Island to ones that are so small that they are often excluded on maps.[10] Throughout history, some islands have also been largely destroyed by natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions.[16][17]

Islands with known names

Unidentified islands

Trivia

  • Spirits of the Islands are revered throughout the Fire Nation and regularly uttered by Fire Nationals as an expression.[8]
  • Avatar Kyoshi thought that the Fire Islands possessed a "rugged handsomeness".[21]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Two, "The Invitation". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Avatar: The Last Airbender: Legacy, page 39.
  3. 3.0 3.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene Luen (writer), Sasaki of Gurihiru (penciling, inking), Kawano of Gurihiru (colorist), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (letterer). Smoke and Shadow Part Two (December 16, 2015), Dark Horse Comics.
  4. O'Bryan, John (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (July 15, 2008). "The Firebending Masters". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 13. Nickelodeon.
  5. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com. Encyclopedia now broken, archived at The Lost Lore of Avatar Aang - Location: Sun Warriors' Ancient City.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Avatar: The Last Airbender: Legacy of the Fire Nation, page 14.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Five, "Cultural Diplomacy". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Eight, "Ancient History". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (October 5, 2007). "The Painted Lady". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 3. Nickelodeon.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Twelve, "The Fire Sage". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (November 9, 2007). "The Puppetmaster". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 8. Nickelodeon.
  12. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com. Encyclopedia now broken, archived at The Lost Lore of Avatar Aang - Gear: Ash Bananas.
  13. Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Thirteen, "Spiritual Exercises". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Four, "The Reunion". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  15. The Lost Scrolls: Fire, Section "Natural Resources and Food", in The Lost Scrolls Collection.
  16. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com. Encyclopedia now broken, archived at The Lost Lore of Avatar Aang - Location: Crescent Island.
  17. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com. Encyclopedia now broken, archived at The Lost Lore of Avatar Aang - Location: Roku's Island.
  18. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com. Encyclopedia now broken, archived at The Lost Lore of Avatar Aang - Location: Crescent Island.
  19. Avatar Legends: The Roleplaying Game. Quickstart, Version 1.0, 2021, p. 43.
  20. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com. Encyclopedia now broken, archived at The Lost Lore of Avatar Aang - Location: Fire Nation School.
  21. Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Fourteen, "The Message". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
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