Without getting into a political debate, I just have to say that the pageantry is gorgeous. But, a thousands-of-years-old society has had lots of time to practice.
ETA: About one of the pictures above. I don't even watch Avatar, though being in fandom, it's hard to avoid it. So why, oh why, do I look at these guys and see only...uh...(quick google search) Aang? I mean...what the heck, brain?