"A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards."
There was a time before the construction of Villages, before the election of Lords and Village Leaders. A time when ninja roamed free. However free was a loose term. As what dictated the lives of these ninja was a brutal pattern. A system of dog eat dog. Ninja would fight as clans, and the weak would die while the strong would live to give birth to a legacy. This all changed when the Sage of Six Paths came. You see, after the time of the Sage of Six paths and after the numerous villages that came along with the Sage, a system was adopted, and the land was divided. Each clan would split into their own land, and form their own Country establishing their residency and name. Soon, it came to be that the five major powers were Iwagakure, who was heavily reliant on it's strong, rock-hard, and natural stronghold. Kumogakure, for it's Lightning affinity which allowed them powerful technology. Kirigakure, a land flowing with cultural and renaissance, where their fertile lands boasted them numerous resources. Sunagakure, where only the strongest, most intelligent, survivors of the harsh desert would live, to only become stronger. Konohagakure, the largest village in numbers, giving it power in most aspects with it's various tools.
But when civilization and peace were consigned to oblivion, the first war broke out.
During a public acquisition, the First Raikage was assassinated by a group of highly trained criminal ninja. The assassination sprung lie into a massive, wildfire known as War. Following the assassination, Kumogakure took its elite troops and declared war on neighboring countries around Iwagakure. A few months later Kumogakure had declared war with Iwagakure, and the Tsuhcikage would not be pleased. Thus Iwagakure banded together with Kirigakure, Amegakure, and Konohagakure as her allies and created an alliance to sever the head of this snake. Each country joined the fight for separate reasons. One of the most remarkable was Konoha's, which happened after intercepting a telegram towards the Land of Whirlpools that persuaded them to attack Konoha. However, Kumogakure had formed a Triple Alliance of it's own, from its neighboring villages, and took to battle against the Alliance. The first ever Shinobi World War would be known as the “War to End all Wars”. A war of this size would not go without bloodshed.
The war would leave it's bloody sword on the land for a long time.
After a few bloodied, explosive, and arduous battles the Iwa-Kiri-Ame-Konoha Alliance pulled through and won victory over the Central Powers. During their victory, the Alliance agreed to limit the power of Kumogakure to prevent future wars, through the use of a treaty known as “The Treaty of Hephaestus”, which severely limited Kumogakure’s military and forced heavy reparations.
Little did they know history has a sense of repeating itself and instead of preventing another war they would begin ever growing tensions for a new war.
"As long as there are sovereign nations possessing great power, war is inevitable."
War was no longer a threat years after the first Shinobi war as tension blew over and it seemed as though the world wars were in a time of peace. However this wasn’t the case as Kumogakure was still suffering from the Treaty of Versailles which led them into a steep depression that seemed to have no end. Poverty washed across the streets like a plague, starvation was at an all-time high as civilians struggled to provide for their families as they slowly perished and died. Jobs along with money seemed to fade into nonexistence. However there was one man stood above the rest and took action right to the heart to his people. Hope and anguish is what fed this brave, powerful, luring man’s dreams to rebuild his country. Not with weapons or ninja, but with word this man fought, his speeches and presentations of the injustice directed toward them from actions of a previous war drove them.
Words seemed to be the key to his rise, Kumogakure had a voice know and that voice would soon spark a rebellion. Building up their army and slowly beginning to dominate neighboring villages within Kumogakure, their city raised increasing profit and reviving their will to fight. Kumogakure secretly began to build an army and to test the composure and quality of his increasing army their new Raikage took it into his own hands to host the Chunin exams in his country inviting each nation to visit his broken down country beginning to stand on their own two feet. In other parts of the world countries faced instability as well, most popularly Konoha. Konoha had slouched into a depression of their own no food, no jobs, and the economy slowly decreasing. Their own silver lining arrived as the face of Hokage who announced several deals to treat the crisis at hand such as the “New Deal” and other policies to combat their depression. War was on the rise and another trouble was on the rise one that would seek to destroy the Shinobi world and lit the flame that would spark the next Shinobi war.
You are one of many people -- One of a million others -- and you share something in common with many others. You are a shinobi. On the day where many gained a new rank as chunnin, men in cloaks made a threat against your world. You have been cast, unprepared, into a war between Gods. Will you rise up and become greater than these monsters? Or will you become a monster yourself, and join them in forging a world of greed? Whatever choice you make, remember, these are your choices, your resolve, and your ninja way.