Their flag and coat of arms is a bear splitting the atom.
That is all.
*kicks down door, knocks over end table, vase crashes to the floor*
No that is NOT all, because Zheleznogorsk is really interesting.
It was a secret city, established in 1950 in the middle of Nowhere, Siberia for the purpose of researching nuclear weaponry and producing massive quantities of plutonium, the facilities for which were hidden inside a hollowed-out mountain. It appeared on no maps, and had no census data. Although more than 100,000 people lived there at one point, satellite imagery would have shown only a fairly small mining town. The mountain complex contained 3,500 rooms and three plutonium reactors, which were kept cool by one of the mightiest river in Siberia. The space had been excavated by tens of thousands of gulag slave laborers, who removed more rock from inside the mountain than was used to build the Great Pyramids. Protected under the granite peak of the mountain, these facilities would survive a direct nuclear attack.
No one called it “Zheleznogorsk.” Officially, it was “Krasnoyarsk-26,” which is something like naming a city ‘Arizona-17.’ Residents traveling outside the city called it Iron Town, if they had to refer to it at all. They were under strict instructions never to reveal to anyone the actual business of Krasnoyarsk-26.
And life there was fantastic. People living and working in the secret city received some of the best wages in the Soviet Union. There were sports stadiums, public gardens, a movie theater, and the shortages notorious in the rest of the USSR were unknown. The best nuclear scientists in Russia lived in a sealed-off utopia.
A third of all the nuclear weapons produced in Russia during the Cold War were powered by fuel from Zheleznogorsk. At the time, the image of the great Russian bear ripping an atom apart wouldn’t have seemed very funny at all.
i find it interesting that when it comes to liking girls I’m just like GIRLS ALL GIRLS YES PERFECT GIRLS but with boys i’m like you must fit criteria 1-9 but 9 is optional only if you completely fill criteria 10-13 with a non-optional essay on 21st century sexism due by 5am
The fact that Korra and Asami are best friends is gloriously ironic, and I love it.
You have the non-bending daughter of an Equalist who wanted to eradicate benders completely paired with the Avatar herself, the only person who can not only bend one element, but all four. Asami is Chief Executive Officer of the company that once played a major role in Korra’s near assassination.
Not only that, but since both of them found themselves being pulled into a competitive love triangle situation (the age old “they both dated the same guy basically at the same time” position) they’d naturally be made up as rivals. But instead of fighting over the guy, the two became closer for it and turned that trope on its head.
For both of them, their friendship is their closest non-familial human relationship (and in the current canon, it’s the closest relation we see Asami have with anyone).
Their enemy status seemed almost predetermined, but with maturity, kindness, and a lot of natural compatibility, they pulled off a remarkable and supportive friendship. I think that’s amazing.
I was talking with a friend and we agreed that part of the reason Season 3 of Korra was so amazing was because of the Korra/Asami friendship. More specifically, that most of the season split up ‘team Avatar’ between Mako and Bolin, allowing both those characters (especially Bolin) to grow, and Korra and Asami.
Allowing the show to almost completely forget about its prior trainwreck of romantic relationships and instead focus on friendship and familial relationships, which has always been the series strong points.