Village Hidden in the Leaves
Konohagakure (木ノ葉隠れの里, Konohagakure no Sato; Literally meaning "Village Hidden Among Tree Leaves"; also known as "Village Hidden in the Leaves" or "Hidden Leaf Village"), is located in the Land of Fire. As one of the Five Great Ninja Villages, Konohagakure has a Kage as a leader, the Hokage. The village is quite new, only three years since its founding, a creation brought about by a treaty between the Senju and Uchiha clans and the Daimyo of the Land of Fire.
Senju Hashiramako is the First Hokage, and was a driving force for peace at the end of the Ninja Clan Wars, as well as instrumental in the formation of Konohagakure. She is a calm and collected person, as well as kind and caring, with a deep sense of loyalty. She sees the people of Konoha as a part of her own family, she believes that all Leaf ninja should show a true loyalty to each other regardless of their clans, and that a Kage must be willing to put their life on the line for their village to set an example for all others.
She is known to be a master of ninjutsu, taijutsu, and genjutsu, though she is most famous for her Wood Release jutsu, a combination technique that allows her to mix earth- and water-natured chakra to create this new element. By converting chakra into the source of life, he was able to create trees, cause them to grow to great sizes, and manipulate them to diverse shapes and battle uses at will. It was said this ability was used to create the very landscape and foundation that Konoha is built on.
As the village is new, most of the inhabitants of the village hidden in the leaves are either ninja, or the family of the ninja. Recently, skilled workers and merchants have started to move into the village, but as the village is still very new, most of these are just settling in. There are still open questions about things such as how the laws will be enforced, with the police force not yet being a primarily Uchiha-clan thing yet.
At the moment the village is ruled by the Hokage, adviced by a counsel of clan heads of the various ninja clans who have agreed to settle here. The Anbu have yet to have the fearful presence they will have later, as the black ops of the village controlled directly by the Hokage, only a ‘proto’ version of the Anbu exists as of yet.
Crimes committed within the ‘area’ of a clan are still often punished and dealt with by the clan itself rather than brought to any central authority. This can lead to some questions about the nature of the punishments and crimes. This will be part of what drives the desire to create a uniform police agency who will create uniformity behind the laws and punishments. For now it is iffy as to which will occur, if the police will be called or if the clan will take care of it themselves. Depending on the clan that catches the criminal, one might seriously hope that the police ‘save’ the criminal.
Currently the Senju and Uchiha clans are in dominance in Konohagakure, a shift from the traditional roles of the native land of fire clans, such as the Hyuga and Nara, due to the treaty worked out by the first Hokage with the Daimyo of the land of fire. This has upset the existing power structure and created a backlash of political intrigue that will play out over the next 60+ years, with clans struggling to regain dominance or retain power within the new structure.
The ninja academy has been opened by the first Hokage and the first graduates are now emerging. The idea behind the academy is three fold, first is to make the ninja arts open to those who have the skill and abilities but lack the support of a clan to train them. Second is to create a unifying background for the village ninja, so that they will start to think of themselves as citizens of the village and not just members of individual clans. Third is to have a better idea of the abilities of all the ninja as it trains them, so that the village will know what each new genin’s strengths and weaknesses are, vital information in the coming years as the village becomes more established.
Note that while there is a ninja academy, historically it only becomes called such formally under the third Hokage, right now it is simply ‘the school’ but is often called ninja academy informally.
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