Current Hokage: Ryuu Kajiwara
Tax rate: 20%
Season: Summer (Particularly hot with morning showers)
Alliance and war status: Not public information
Security level: 3/5 (Reduced from 4 after Resuno's deminse. Itami threat remains..)
A much more modern culture compared to its counterparts, Konoha is much more prone to progression and change within their society. Always looking for ways to improve their way of life, the shinobi of Konoha have an unspoken camaraderie, often placing their comrades lives as priority over a mission. The government of Konoha is quite similar to the other villages with only a few minor changes. Firstly, the Kage is selected through a council that consists of high ranking jounin and the village elders. Konoha chose to take a more democratic approach after being used as a pawn by the Fire Nation's Daimyo. Once a Kage is elected, he is given the most pressing issues to deal with whilst his council focuses on more tedious tasks, such as rank promotions, sanitation, and so on. The Hokage reserves the right to demote those beneath him if he deems them incompetent for the job. More so than anything, the Hokage serves as a symbol, one that unifies the village under a single goal: Konoha’s prevalence.
Temple of Omoikane - Each village has their own interpretation of past events. Konoha, in particular, believed Omoikane was a deity who represented wisdom and unification. It is believed that originally, a very long time ago, a pantheon of deities arrived on the planet, with the intention of enslaving humanity, using them to farm resources. Omoikane unified all of the morally just deities in a revolt against the head of the pantheon, Amatsu (Though the name of this particular deity varies from culture to culture.). From there, it is believed Omoikane gifted humanity chakra, allowing them to defend themselves, and to contribute to the revolution against the tyrannical pantheon of deities. Common rituals practiced in Konoha in tribute to Omoikane and his newly formed, morally just pantheon include the burning of incense and meditation, in an attempt to induce a trance that will cause ones spirit to leave their body, entering the spirit world, making one more prone to enlightenment, and contact with the pantheon, the recurring visitation of temples that serve as a place of worship, offering of fruits and herbs, and through artwork, music, and literature. Though religion is not enforced, it is encouraged.
Most folklore relates back to the story of Omoikane, telling the stories of the different champions within the pantheon. One of the most prevalent stories details the tale of a man named Shin who dies and travels to the spirit realm to communicate with Omoikane’s pantheon. Upon arrival, the man is confused and inquires about his situation. The pantheon tells that he will be sent back to the material world to be reincarnated around the year 100, during the time ninjutsu first became prevalent. He was to be a female born to a poor farming family. When questioned about going back in time, the pantheon retorted that time didn’t exist, and was only as unit of measurement made by man. They went on to explain that this man's human form is equivalent to an egg being primed to hatch. He is to experience the lives of everyone, death only sending him back to experience another life until he has reached enlightenment and understands the plight of his fellow humans. The moral of this story is to treat others the way you wish to be treated, because you may find yourself in their position sometime in life. This story, “The Faceless Being” is preached to the younger generation of Konoha in an attempt to instill morals into their youth.
Technology and Economy
Konoha is relatively advanced in terms of technology, resulting in their economy mainly being fueled by new ideas and inventions. Konoha’s education system is relatively standard compared to the other villages, though they do not include a history bias like some may. Their buildings are constructed from wood, and suggest a high level of architectural skill. Many engineers within Konoha have recently begun cracking groundbreaking advancements in technology, and are beginning to experiment with electricity. Konohas location also allows for easier trade, contributing to their exceptional economy.
Gender Roles and Marriage
In terms of gender roles, both male and female are seen as equals, and are expected to pull their weight regardless of sex. The typical custom of marriage ties into the most popular religion of Konoha, the worship of Omoikane. It is typical for both man and woman to take their vows and to be unified under a tree that has been blessed by a priest of the Temple of Omoikane, symbolizing that they had been unified with Omoikane as a witness.
Current Kazekage: Fukumoto Takamori
Tax rate: 5%
Season: Does it really matter? It's hot.. always..
Alliance and war status: Not public information
Security level: 2/5
A people hardened by the harsh climate they inhabit. They have the utmost respect for the village hegemony, believing each of their appointed Kazekage to be an avatar of Hachiman; thus the ranks appointed by them (Chuunin, Tokubetsu Jounin, Jounin, misc) are also held in high regard. Due to the sheer number of imports required to sustain a desert nation, the shinobi of this village prioritise completion of a mission over their own lives and that of their comrades, so that those back home may continue to survive. Since its conception, the village has taken an authoritarian approach to ruling. Generally speaking, the word of the Kage is law. The village council and elders have the option to veto any decision made by the Kage, however due to years of tradition and indoctrination of this totalitarian government, this veto has yet to be used a single time in history, and is saved only for the most dire of circumstances. This unspoken rule is born almost entirely out of fear of angering the ‘Avatar’ of Hachiman. Should the village, for whatever reason, be without a Kage, the council are to rule in the meantime as the search for a new Kage is conducted by them in conjunction with an oracle of Hachiman.
Suna’s religion, like many of the other villages, has taken a different interpretation of times past. The majority of the villages people follow the Order of Hachiman. Hachiman, the Warrior God, and a small handful of his followers, was said to have defeated the entire pantheon of old gods who sought only to exploit humanity in their need for the earth's resources. He is seen as a great unifier and the original provider of chakra. Furthermore, it is widely believed that he imbued the first Kazekage with power great enough to conquer the sands and unite its nomadic people under one banner, thus forming Sunagakure. It is heavily frowned upon to not follow the Order. While not prosecutable, those who do not abide by its teachings are cast to the fringes of society, becoming outcasts.
Suna’s very foundation is based on Hachiman’s ideology. Before the formation of the villages, an heir of the Aburame clan was in search of a wife to ensure the continuation of his lineage. Eventually he found a maiden of the Nara clan, and the two quickly became attached to one another. The girl's father, seeing his daughter as a means to further his own goals, had other plans. He engaged her to the son of one of the world's wealthiest men who was known especially for his cruelty, and forbade his daughter from ever seeing her beloved Aburame. Tried as he might have, the young heir could not convince the girl's father to give him her hand in marriage instead. Rumours of vicious beatings and humiliation that surrounded the merchant and his depraved son spurred the Aburame into taking matters into his own hands. Taking with him naught but 4 of his kin, he marched on the home of the merchant and completely destroyed their guardsmen, before killing the merchant and his son. This story is passed from generation to generation amongst the followers of Hachiman, teaching them that diplomacy is not always the best policy; it is the men of action that see things done. A second moral of the story, though no less important than the first, is that you must take what is rightfully yours, sometimes regardless of the consequences.
Technology and Economy
In terms of agriculture, the denizens of the land of wind have developed the most advanced technologies in the world, essential to their survival in the arid region. In other aspects, the village appears to lag behind, deeming anything unrelated to their military as non essential. Their buildings have externally been constructed from clay and stucco to keep them cool during the day, however the insides appear relatively modernised. Suna’s economy is highly dependant on providing services and trading what natural resources it has, as growing anything to export is rather difficult given the terrain.
Gender Roles and Marriage
Suna’s society is patriarchal. Men are seen as the breadwinners, and are often the main source of income to their families, which are normally nuclear. The top brass of the village is dominated by the male gender, with few women rising above the rank of chunin. Their marriage rituals follow the code of the Order of Hachiman, requiring the sacrifice of a living creature at one of few sacred altars scattered throughout the Land of Wind. Humans were used in the past, but as times progressed, the use of an animal was deemed sufficient.