Founding Clans: Akimichi, Kaguya, Uchiha, Yuki Population: 16,000 Economy: Fair Climate: With an elevation of 3,800 feet, Chusekigakure is very cold- the summer temperatures average at 55 degrees Fahrenheit while the winters plummet to 25. On average, this village receives 50 inches of precipitation per year. This village receives approximately 36 inches of snow annually. History: Chusekigakure was founded 43 years ago, four years after the founding of the first ninja village, Sakyugakure. It originally started as an alliance between the Kaguya and Uchiha clans, but the local Yuki and Akimichi proved to be invaluable during a three-year famine that wiped out roughly one in every four clan members. The village was built into the cliffside of a tall mountain after receiving permission from Mountain Country's daimyo, and the first Yamakage, a Kaguya possessing the shikotsumyaku, was elected unanimously for his battle prowess and charisma. Though smaller than the other villages, Chusekigakure has a relatively stable and self sustaining economy- a lot of food is foraged and hunted in the surrounding wilderness, and their pelts sold in local civilian villages. Around five years ago, after the sudden death of the second Yamakage (an Uchiha), a civil war took place. The Uchiha and the Yuki supported a Yuki clan candidate, while the Kaguya and Akimichi supported another Kaguya candidate. Eventually, the Uchiha and Yuki won through a battle of attrition. Tensions are still uneasy between the existing clans today.
Founding Clans: Aburame, Inuzuka, Nara, Senju Population: 79,000 Economy: Deficient Climate: Located in a mangrove swamp, the summer temperatures of Numachigakure average at 86 degrees Fahrenheit. The winters measure in at around 64 degrees. On average, this village receives 60 inches of rain per year, much of it coming from violent thunderstorms. History: The Senju and Aburame clans have always gotten along- so when word traveled of a new ninja village opening up in Sand Country, they were the first to propose the idea to the local clans in the marsh area. The Nara joined the alliance a few months later, leading to the construction of the world's second ninja village 46 years ago. The clans had elected an Aburame woman to be the first Numakage. After being driven out of an island that was annexed by the natives of Sea Country, the Inuzuka ended up joining Numachigakure around 7 years after its founding. In spite of the powerful ninja who reside in the mangrove swamps of Marsh Country, it has a poor economy- Tree Country provided better lumber than their home, and the market in the west was still dominated largely by the rivaling clans of Sea Country. Currently, Numachigakure is recovering from a costly war with Shimagakure that was fought over market resources and jobs eleven years ago.
Founding Clans: Chinoike, Hyuuga, Kurama, Sarutobi Population: 131,000 Economy: Strong Climate: Sakyugakure has an arid, desert climate- mountains to the east block nearly all rainfall. The average yearly temperature is 90 degrees in the daytime and 55 degrees at night, with little variation. Receiving less than an inch of rainfall a year, the villagers use primarily rivers and the oasis to provide water. History: After a brutal war between the rival Chinoike and Kurama clans, the two had come to an uneasy alliance with the threat of a tailed beast running rampant through their desert home. The two had ended up uniting with the Hyuuga and Sarutobi clans, and their combined might was enough to drive it away. Afterwards, in order to better defend themselves against such powerful forces, the clans sent a representative to the Sand Country daimyo to propose a new idea: a ninja village. They got the approval exactly 47 years ago, and construction started immediately. Though initially uneasy, the clans had grown to trust each other more and more over the years. The first kage, a Chinoike, held office for 26 years before retiring. The second Sunakage was clanless, but held a peerless skill in fuuinjutsu that made them a candidate for succession. He was killed in action after holding office for twenty years. They trade primarily gold, spices, and salt with other countries, and their ninja services are an invaluable part of their market. They currently boast the strongest economy out of all four ninja villages.
Founding Clans: Hoshigaki, Hozuki, Uzumaki, Yamanaka Population: 164,000 Economy: Fair Climate: Shimagakure rests on a tropical island- temperatures vary from around 70 degrees a day to 75 degrees a day with little variation- the temperature drops about ten degrees at night. The island as a whole receives around 60 inches of rainfall a year. History: Shimagakure has a long history of violence between its native clans- the Hoshigaki and Hozuki to the south, the Uzumaki to the east, and the Yamanaka to the north. Around 39 years ago, the Hoshigaki clan head led a long and violent campaign to annex all of Sea Country's clans under one banner- it began with the expulsion of the Inuzuka, and two years later the Hozuki and Yamanaka had fallen to them. With all three clans surrounding them, the Uzumaki eventually surrendered, and the Hoshigaki clan head was named the first Umikage of Shimagakure. Though tensions still run high between the clans, there haven't been any violent incidents. Shimagakure is the only hidden village to boast a strong navy. Many of their ninja know how to sail, and they have a specific division dedicated to patrolling the waters to control trade and discourage piracy.