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Any are welcome to start as a ninja from this country.
For the most part, Sound ninja are trained in orphanages and hired out to local leaders with no official genin exam, and children are sent out when their trainers/caretakers deem they are ready.
Following the fall of Hoshi Suuhai, the country is under control of Kumo.
HistoryFounded by Orochimaru, Otogakure was created to gather and experiment on skilled shinobi without outside interferance. The Otogakure of old was more of an underground lab with multiple hideouts all over the land of Sound and a few outside it.
After the 4th Ninja war, Orochimaru dissappeared and the village fell apart quickly. The more skilled shinobi created their own clans and started to carve out land for themselves with lesser shinobi working under them. This inevitably led to a massive civil war within the Sound, which claimed many lives. Many of Orochimaru's research facilities were raided and his experiments and research were used by one shinobi clan or another during this time. After about 50 years the battles grew less intense and the borders for the various clans were drawn, though there are still skirmishes here and there.
GeographyThe northern most province is a commercial state that relies almost solely on sea trade to sustain it. Ninjas in this area are well trained and provsioned, allowing them to protect and maintain their land.
To the east are two small provinces rulled by rival clans, the Hon in the north and the Liqu in the south. They were once of the same clan but a successor dispute tore the original province in half. Now they are after each other's land and care little about the politics and troubles in other parts of the Sound.
In the southeast, the large piece of land is a giant trading post between the Land of Fire and the Land of Hot Springs. They don't have a large military force to draw on, but their trading partners protect their investments.
The three counties bordering the left country compete with each other for the trade with that country through underground deals and mercenary bands, nothing tracable of course.
In the south there is a thin no-man's land established between the Land of Fire and the Land of Sound.
20 years after the unoffical end to the Sound Civil War, the old leaders were replaced with young, new, ambitious leaders. Among them was a young man who rose to power named Azaku, who began to rally supporters behind his ideology. Unified with the promise of defeating the Sound's most bitter enemy and meddler, Konoha, while building a strong Otogakure, a New Otogakure was constructed in the center of the Land of Sound. Azaku's words found a large following, enabling him to raise a large army that participated in a coordinated an attack on Konoha with the Crimson Lotus, ultimately leading to the fall of Konoha.
Concurrent to this, another village named Hoshi Suuhai was founded by Levi Yuki. In an attempt to compete with New Otogakure for standing in the Land of Sound, he unleashed an early and brutal winter over the Sound and neighboring areas. This unnatural winter woke many things which should not have been roused, including the anger of a Kitsune spirit, who rallied many beasts to her side. The result was swift and brutal retaliation against travelers and solitary dwellers in the Land of Sound, which also resulted in the complete annihilation of New Otogakure.
The leader of Hoshi Suuhai sacrificed himself to the Kitsune, and as the unnatural winter faded into a natural one, the beast attacks became infrequent and diminished. What followed was a power vacuum within Hoshi Suuhai, leading to chaos that threatened to disturb the unity that Levi established.
Most recently, the village was conquered by a Coalition of ninja forces formed from the Five Great Shinobi nations. It is currently under stewardship of Kumo.