Ownership of the Fire Country has been swapped multiple times throughout history, one visionary after the next capturing the ideal land plot to start a flourishing village, or perhaps even an empire. Fortunately, the Land of Fire would not be ruled long by any tyrant, but rather a partial democracy. In its early days, Fire Country was filled with farmers, hunters, trappers, etc… The land lived in relative peace. That was changed, however, during the Quelling of the Middlelands, a campaign started by the notorious Sesshimaru Senju. The Senju sought to control the entire middle of the continent, and eventually spread their influence in all directions… They were stopped in their tracks as the ancestors of the founders of Konoha formed a retaliation effort, and successfully beat back the Senju into their ancestral land of Forest Country. The journey was long from over, however, as Fire Country was considered an ideal landmark for many who sought conquest. As a result, the retaliation effort would convene every so often to beat back the invaders. Eventually, many peaceful migrants began showing up in Fire Country, enabling the settlers to build a village. This village would eventually come to be known as Konohagakure. The village relies on trade, innovation, and agriculture to enhance its economy. The system of government can be compared to a republic. Though there is no official religion, the most popular within this country is the worship of Omoikane.
The various tribes of this vast expanse of desert warred constantly for control over the limited resources available to the country, metal in the mountains, but most importantly over the oasis that lies near its centre. For generations they fought, and for generations control of the water source frequently changed hands between the numerous nomadic groups, however this came to an end when a man simply remembered as the First Avatar of Hachiman began his conquest. Hailing from a small tribe to the south east of the Land of Wind, he sought a better life for his people, who had been pushed to the fringes of the sands. He would accomplish this the only way he knew how: through war. He began a ruthless and brutal campaign, felling tribe after tribe in battle and forcing them to cede to his rule. As the desert dwelling people were all believers in the ways of Hachiman, they saw his strength and acknowledged it, causing his name to spread far and wide... yet still the others would resist. The man would continue his ruthless campaign, slaying the leaders of various tribes, and claiming their people as his own. With the collective resources of all the tribes, the construction of a village began, and with it, the arrival of many nomads from prominent clans who had taken an interest in the events occurring within the Wind Country. The First Avatar established a system of government, one that could be defined as tyrannical communism, though in recent years has greatly toned down brutality. This settlement would come to be known as Sunagakure, and would eventually become heavily reliant on imports and spoils of war. The official religion within the Land of Wind is the worship of Hachiman. Sunagakure willingly pays rent to their Feudal Lord.
Lightning Country is a country that has not seen political stability practically its entire existence. For centuries, five tribes have fought for control over the vast lands of the Lightning Country. The tribes (Zen, Zhao, Chang, Tzu, Min), have a history of alliance, and betrayal, forming all the possible combinations of two versus three. When the three wins, one from within that three usually betrays, and spoils their victory. Before this conflict of tribes, there was no animosity between any of the them, they simply sought to control the large landmass that is Lightning Country. This was only after the tribes saw a glimpse of a conqueror in Kong Aburame, who annexed a small portion of Lightning country to Hive during the Conquest of the East, prompting animosity between the tribes of Lightning and Hive Country, as well as fear of a possible tyrant rising within their own country, one that would be inspired by Kongs short lived success. Now, however, due to tall of the betrayals, each clan holds resentment to one another, obviously reluctant to ever ally with each other. Due to the constant conflict, and need of resources, whatever tribe that would be controlling the south at the time usually conducts small raids on Hive and Herb Country, seeking to plunder their worldly renowned crops, and whatever other spoils they may find. The Zen, Chang, and Min are worshipers of Hachiman, while Zhao, and Tzu are followers of Omoikane, though recently it has been shown that their religions play little influence in their alliances. Lightning Country is considered a very dangerous area, as combat could erupt at any moment. The Feudal Lord of lightning only occasionally receives rent, as the country is war torn, however he sees this huge plot of land as too great of an investment to give up, and is seeking options to quell this conflict once and for all.
The Water Country, as per the treaty following the Conquest of the East, is where the Yuki Clan is confined to. Early in the countries history, it was mostly comprised of fishermen, and sailors, causing the country to live in relative poverty. After the rise of Yuzu, and the Yuki Clan, the country slowly started to somewhat industrialize, as they began crafting weapons of war, and fleets among other things. Shortly after their defeat, however, the Yuki clan was required to pay reparations for the damages caused during their attempted conquest. As a result, the Clan depleted a majority of its resources in an attempt to meet the other clans demand. This caused the Yuki Clan to form a more communist type of government/economic system, as all of them had to cooperate to survive on an island with little resources, under their new leader. In recent years, and with the majority of resources even further depleted, The Yuki Clan, and the Water Countries inhabitants have began attempting to monopolize the fish market. Seeing it as their only renewable resource, they have been rather successful, as a large chunk of fisherman not of the Water Country have reportedly been disappearing at sea. Their only rivals in the market would be the inhabitants of the Whirlpool Country, who are also heavily reliant on industry relating to the sea, and capable of deep sea travel. Though being a country of the East, the inhabitants of the Water Country mostly worship Hachiman, as they see themselves as a warrior race. Only recently, in light of their successes on the Sea have the Yuki been free of the stress of paying their Daiymo, capable of coming up with the money with minimal hardships.
The Earth Country is home to three factions, but most historically of those three, the Kaguya Clan. The Kaguya clan became the most prominent faction within Earth Country during the early years of history. The Clans leader, Iesu Kaguya, made the clan a fortune by selling weapons, armor, and other tools of war to all factions that participated in the Conquest of the East. Because of this, the Clan was enabled to further invest the money earned into other projects, enabling them to develop a solid infrastructure within the country. Inspired by this, the Kaguya’s began practicing a form of capitalism shortly after the death of the witty Iesu. Within the Kaguya’s territory, the most popular form of religion is the worship of Hachiman. Currently isolated from the affairs of the Kaguya’s, two warring factions skirmish each other on what would seem to be a weekly basis. Shortly after the formation of Konoha, and Suna, the two most prominent tribes, consisting of multiple clans, opted to follow suite, and form a village within the borders of the Earth country… However, during one of the ceremonies honoring the founding of the Village, and the union of the two tribes (Sho tribe, and Gen Tribe), an attack was orchestrated by what would seem to be the Sho’s. As a result, a civil war has recently erupted within the country, members of each tribe sympathizing with the opposite, causing many to swap sides, and causing even greater hatred in the process. Ironically enough, the Kaguya’s have taken advantage of this situation, and have once more began producing weapons and armor for each side of the conflict. Earth Country is considered a very dangerous area, as battle could erupt anywhere, at any moment. Being of the West, the two conflicting tribes both worship their god, Hachiman.
Rain Village Country
In the early days of history, the Rain village was nothing more than a small settlement, though it was filled with merchants who sought to fill their pockets. This mentality stuck with the citizens of the Rain, causing it to become the most industrious village in the world, as a large chunk of worldly innovation has derived from there. Due to their capitalist society, the Rain village enacts an open border policy, as to reach its full economic potential. Many other countries rely on the technological advancements of The Rain Country to remain stable.Though in the past the village has relied heavily on mercenaries, it has recently acquired its own private military. Though they war as a profitable business, the leaders of the country have refused to revolt against their Daiymo, stating that the potential damage to their homeland is too great of a risk simply to avoid paying rent to their Feudal lord. Their system of government can be defined as a republic. There is practically no religious influence within the Rain country, though they would happily host members of any faith, so long as their pockets are thick.
Around the time of the conception of ninjutsu, Desert Country was the site of many great battles and skirmishes. Participants would usually consist of two of the various tribes that had been settled in the desert as far as history can remember, as the majority of the tribes who called this country home often fought for control of it, attempting to claim what little resources the country has as their own. After the formation of Sunagakure, many of these tribes refused to cooperate and join up with those who they still deemed their enemies. Not long after, the tribes began to work in cooperation in an attempt to orchestrate attacks on the newly formed village. Though some have been successful, many of them have been a complete failure, resulting in the public executions of the attackers. It is rumored that the various tribes have recently begun working under a new leader, one that has unified them thanks to their animosity for those they feel have betrayed the Desert way of life. There is no law nor government within Desert Country, and the current Daiymo seeks a way to rid the Desert of these savage clans, so that he may bring wealth from use of his land. Those of the desert worship Hachiman
The Forest Country had historically always belonged to the peaceful Senju Clan, who lived alongside the Nara Clan. It’s inhabitants found peace and tranquility living among the creatures of the forest, and it would remain this way until the notorious Sesshimaru Senju overthrow his master, and began what would be known as “The Quelling of the Middlelands”. The Senju Clan began collecting as much lumber as they could to support the war effort, with little concern of repopulating the tree’s, leaving the land unrecognizable by the midpoint of Sesshimaru’s campaign, though the Senju did leave the Nara’s territory unscathed. It was around this time that scoundrels, deserters, thieves, and all sorts of undesirables began forming small organizations, claiming small plots of what was previously Senju land whilst their focus was in the center of the continent. The Nara maintained its oath of neutrality, and did nothing to combat the gangs of criminals. Upon their defeat at the hands of settlers within the middlelands, The Senju returned to their ancestral home, only to find it partially ravaged by criminals, and partially ravaged by themselves, as a large portion of the forest had been uprooted. In light of this, the Senju began a restoration of their ancestral home, using their renowned Wood Style jutsu in an attempt to restore their forests to its former glory. The small bands of criminals would use this time to convene, and organize, forming the most feared and respected crime organizations in modern history. Skirmishes ensued between the two groups, with the Senju reclaiming a majority of their land, however not fully being able to push the organization completely out, due to the organizations leader wittily using the Rain village to his advantage. Because of this, Forest Country is considered dangerous, as none of the factions take too kindly to outsiders, besides the Rain village. Though the organizations territories relies heavily on capitalism to fund their efforts, the Senju enact a more socialist way of life, the clan working in unison to survive. The most popular religion within the country would be the worship of Omoikane, though some Senju’s and other settlers practice a more shamanistic way of worship. Both the Senju and the organization willingly pay rent to their Feudal Lord.
Baron is not home to a clan, but rather an established village, ruled by a tyrant. Originally, the land was fought over by two factions that consisted of various clans. The leader of the victorious faction, Qi Bo Shin, cemented his rule during the final operation of the warring clans battles. On this operation, Qi Bo Shin, as well as the other clan leaders of the tribe agreed to face the other factions leaders in simultaneous combat. Qi Bo’s team emerged victorious by the end, with only three of the other clan leaders of his tribe surviving. The greedy Qi Bo saw an opportunity, and took advantage of it, killing his allies in cold blood, the first step of a plan that would see the entirety of both factions loyal to him, and his bloodline. Upon returning from the battle, Qi Bo was revered by both factions, as he was the sole survivor of the epic battle. Because of their interpretations of events, the population of the country swore allegiance to Qi Bo, who ruled over his people with an iron first. After his death, Qi Bo’s first son, who unironically had the same name, took his place as ruler. Qi Bo the second laid the foundations of the current regime within the country, enacting a Communist type of government/economic system, however in reality, income was not equal, but rather, was sitting at the top, in the pockets of high ranking government officials. During the formation of the villages, Qi Bo sought peace with his neighbors, allowing them to use his roads for travel in fear that he might one day be stuck in between a rock and a hard place. The tradition of Qi Bo’s first son leading the nation continues to this day, however, a civil war has recently broke out in light of Qi Bo Shin The Current’s recent ban on practicing religion. Several devout worshippers of Hachiman have formed resistance groups that orchestrate acts of terror upon the country and its loyal citizens. Without surprise, the Kaguya’s of the Earth country have been rumored to be supplying the resistance with weapons and armor.
Balance Country has historically been occupied by the Hyuuga clan. In its early days, Balance country was seen as one of the most harmonious places on earth, as its grassy green hills were complimented by pristine rivers and waterfalls, optimal places for meditation. It would come to no surprise that eventually monks began to settle there, practicing their peaceful way of life. Eventually, the monks who ended their nomadic lifestyle within this countries borders would come to form a clan, known as the Hyuuga’s. Fortunately for the Clan, the lands would know peace, and any upstarts of any conflict would quickly be quelled by the skilled monks of the Hyuuga clan. When the world began to become enveloped with war, the Hyuuga’s slightly altered their peaceful way of life, and began to construct a strong hold around their monastery. As times continued to change, so did the Hyuuga’s, a strong portion completely ignoring their roots as monks, adapting to the shinobi way. Recently, however, the Hyuuga’s have been attempting to return to their roots, opting for more diplomatic, and peaceful resolutions, attempting to switch their way of life from a violent one, to a peaceful one. In light of this, their society is run rather democratically, and their economic system is comparable to socialism. The monks and Hyuuga of Balance worship the god Omoikane. As a result of their unwillingness to fight, a considerable amount of undesirables have been flooding Balance Country, sleeping close to the walls of the stronghold, polluting the waters, and destroying many natural resources. The Hyuuga’s currently are seeking a peaceful solution to resolve these issues.
Though Herb Country is known for being the home of the Inuzuka Clan, it is also renowned for being the world's biggest exporter of plants, herbs, and other products made through agricultural means, similar to Hive country. Initially, the country was occupied mostly by farmers and merchants, until the Inuzuka clan decided to settle there permanently. For a time, the citizens of Herb as well as the Inuzuka clan lived in peace, the only sign of violence being rumors to the north of raiders in Hive Country, though these rumors were dismissed. It was only after the Conquest of the East, when the Aburames had lost their land in Lightning Country, as well as a significant amount of their troops in their war effort,that allowed raiders from Lightning Country to freely walk through Hive, into Herb, and back through Hive. The raiders took this opportunity to form secret passageways that would lead from Hive to Herb, passageways that still have not been found. As a result, the farmers and merchants were in need of security, and sought out the Inuzuka Clan. This sparked a relationship that would endure to this day, as the Inuzuka began watching over the farmers and merchants, ensuring their safety for monterey compensation. Every so often, skirmishes will occur but not nearly as many as in Hive. Though a large portion of Inuzuka work as security, some choose to lead other lives whether it be starting their own business, or working solely for the benefit of the clan. The citizens of Herb and the Inuzuka’s work in a capitalist society, though the clan as an independent organization does practice socialism to an extent. The majority of the population worships Omoikane.
Moon Country is the current and ancestral home to the Uchiha Clan. Not much information is known about Moon Country, as the Uchihas prefer to keep themselves excluded from the affairs of the other countries, aside from trade with bordering countries. From what has been gathered, citizens rely on agricultural farming, animal farming, and will export items produced from this to countries who they have had a historical relationship with, such as Whirlpool. Their infrastructure was built using the wood and materials from their land, as they deem the resources of other countries to not be as adequate as theirs. In light of their rivalry with their neighbors to the East, the Uchihas of the Moon Country have heavily fortified that end of their country, as to prevent an upstart like the one that is still spoken about today. The Uchiha’s work as a socialist country, sharing and providing each other with everything needed…. Though if one of their own is deemed unlazy, or unfit to work, they are exiled. Though it has been their home for quite some time, the Uchiha’s still pay rent to the Feudal lord, as to avoid any unnecessary conflict. Those of Moon Country worship Omoikane.
The Hive Country, like Herb Country, is known for its success in the agricultural industry, but it is also home to the Aburame Clan. Initially, the country was heavily populated by farmers and merchants, as well as the Aburame Clan. During the Conquest of the East, Kong Aburame claimed himself ruler of all citizens of Hive Country, prompting a communist dictatorship for a time. All production was to be used for the Aburame Clan and their war effort, any defiance was met with violence. During this time, a small portion of the Lightning Country was annexed to the Hive under Kongs orders. After his defeat, and the end of the Conquest of the East, Kong relinquished control of the country and its people, returning it to a more capitalist economy. Unfortunately during this time of weakness and instability, the tribes of the Lightning Country began to orchestrate raids on their neighbors to the south, both Hive, and Herb. Many of the Aburame clan members saw this as an opportunity to redeem themselves and their clan for their harsh actions not so long ago, and pledged themselves as indentured servants to the citizens of Hive, guarding their crop and goods from the raiders to the north. Due to the frequent raiding, the citizens considered the Aburame redeemed in a short amount of time, allowing the Aburame to consolidate funds. Currently, many of the Aburame still work as security for the farmers and merchants, though the clan itself operates separately as an independent organization. The citizens of Hive primarily worship Omoikane.
In the early days, Stone Country was inhabited by savage, uncivilized tribes who fought for control over various resources. Once acquired by the man who would become the Stone Daiymo, several mercenary groups were hired to slaughter the tribes who according to the Daiymo, could not be reasoned with. Without surprise, the mercenaries were successful, removing what the Daiymo deemed as filth from the Stone Country. For the years to follow, laborers were hired to excavate and acquire various materials such as rare metals and stone. The abundance of resources left the Stone Daiymo with stuffed pockets, however, recent rumors suggest that the Stone Countries resources may finally be depleting, prompting the Stone Daiymo to look for other options to make wealth off of his land.
Whirlpool Country has always been inhabited by the Uzumaki Clan, who even before the conception of ninjutsu had established a presence within the land that would continuously expand and completely consume it in its entirety. Before that, however, Whirlpool Country was filled with citizens whose lives revolved around the sea. Eventually however, the countries citizens either opted to join the clan, or leave the country, leaving only the Uzumaki’s. Under the leadership of Kazel, the clan was flourishing, and even developed a sense of invincibility, however, this quickly faded away as they were taken off guard by Yuzu’s conquest, one that would leave them ravaged, and leaderless. After the end of the war, the Uzumaki’s were given funds by the other noble clans to re-obtain their lost strength,, and that is exactly what they did. Ships were built, and strongholds were repaired, enabling a flourishing economy for the Uzumaki clan. As of late, the Whirlpool countries economy has been dependent on trade, and fishing, the only competition of the latter being the Yuki’s of the Water. In light of their old rivals attempting to steal their business, the Uzumaki are considering possible courses of action to take against the Yuki’s of the Water. The large majority of the citizens of Whirlpool are followers of Omoikane.
Restaurant Country earned its name for obvious reasons, as it is the known to have not only the most variety of Restaurants of types of food, but also the highest quality food possibly in the world. Not only known for its food Restaurant Country is also home to the Akimichi Clan, who have historically been known to be in great favor with the citizens of their country. During the Quelling of the Middlelands, this peaceful country was taken by surprise, and more or less destroyed by the Senju, under the leadership of Sesshimaru. For several years, the citizens of Restaurant would be under the rule of the tyrannical Senju Clan. Fortunately, the Senju eventually gave up occupation of Restaurant Country, resulting in a restoration of the once glorious food hub. Currently, the country has been fully restored, in fact, exceeding its previous status. Naturally, the country is run on capitalist ideals, as it is heavily populated with restaurants. The Akimichi Clan on its own operates as its own entity, but many from the Clan have been seen working within many of the restaurants. The majority of this country's citizens are followers of Omoikane
Iron Country is exclusively inhabited by the Jetsuki Clan, as well as the Samurai. After the assassination of their first shinobi leader, Ookami Jetsuki, the citizens of the country have enacted a policy of isolationism, refusing to take part in outside affairs apart from trade and contracts from Feudal lords, as well as refusing to allow outsiders in their lands, the only other inhabitants being the samurai, who occupy the southernmost part. Because of their policy, very little information has been gathered about the happenings within the country, prompting curiosity among their neighbors, and the villages. Recently, rumors have surfaced that they are gathering a massive amount of building materials, but no light has been shed as to to the reason why.