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[[File:Clans.PNG|thumb|right|The many mercenary clans active during this era.]]
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Before the village system was established with the founding of [[Konohagakure]] by the [[Senju]] and [[Uchiha]], the {{translation|'''Era of the Warring States'''|戦国時代|Sengoku Jidai}} was an extremely lengthy and bloody period in history where hundreds of individual shinobi clans fought in constant, bitter warfare.
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[[File:Clans.PNG|thumb|The many mercenary clans active during this era.]]
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The {{translation|'''Warring States Period'''|戦国時代|Sengoku Jidai}} was the long, violent era preceding the formation of the [[hidden village]]s.
   
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
During this era, conflicts perpetually arose between the various nations as each crusaded for more rights and land. In order to wage these wars, each individual shinobi clan rented its military might to the highest bidder.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 398, pages 16-17</ref> Due to the unrelenting violence, the average life-span for a shinobi was a mere 30 years, though the single biggest reason for the continuing fall in life expectancy was the slaughter of countless conscripted children.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 622, pages 12-13</ref> With the continued loss of their kin, a never ending cycle of death and revenge was born, which saw shinobi having to even conceal their surnames for fear of retaliation.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 622, pages 4-16</ref>
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[[File:Itama ambushed Uchiha Clan2.png|thumb|left|A child about to die in battle.]]
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During the Warring States Period, the countries of the world were uniformly small, constantly battling each other for land, power, and opportunity. To fight these battles, countries hired one or more [[clan]]s of mercenary [[shinobi]] to represent their interests, the shinobi's loyalties ultimately going to the highest bidder.<ref>Chapter 398, pages 16-17</ref> The constant warfare in turn led to constant death, creating an average lifespan of only thirty years. Children were the greatest victims of the era, forced to fight for their clan no differently than an adult would and, more often than not, being killed by older and more skilled opponents.<ref>Chapter 622, pages 12-13</ref> In an attempt to avoid conflict caused by the ever-changing alliances and resulting vendettas, shinobi were in the habit of never divulging their family names to strangers.<ref>Chapter 622, pages 4-16</ref>
   
[[File:Madara & Izuna.jpeg|thumb|right|Izuna and Madara awaken their Mangekyō Sharingan.]]
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[[File:Hashirama VS Madara.png|thumb|The Uchiha vs. the Senju.]]
Amongst the warring clans, only two came to be feared as the strongest: the [[Senju clan]] and the [[Uchiha clan]], who developed a deep enmity as they were often hired to oppose one another due to their rivaling strength. Eventually, both [[Hashirama Senju]] and [[Madara Uchiha]] grew to become the respective leaders of these rival clans, but despite their childhood friendship, the two were inevitably pitted against one another. During this time, Madara and his [[Izuna Uchiha|brother]] discovered the secret of the [[Sharingan]]; becoming the first to awaken the [[Mangekyō Sharingan]]. Though with the constant battles, Madara's vision degraded further and further until he decided to take his brother's eyes, gaining an "Eternal" Mangekyō Sharingan with which to keep fighting.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, pages 1-4</ref>
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Amidst all the vying for supremacy, two clans emerged as the strongest: the [[Senju clan]], famed for their balanced skill in all the shinobi arts, and the [[Uchiha clan]], famed for their [[Sharingan]]. Whenever one side in a conflict hired one of the clans, the opposing side would hire the other clan. This constant competition created a deep-seated animosity between its members, with all Senju having lost a loved one to an Uchiha and vice versa. Despite the clans' enmity, it would be the Senju and Uchiha that brought an end to the Warring States Period. [[Hashirama Senju]] and [[Madara Uchiha]] met as children, unaware of each other's identity. They quickly became friends, bonding over the deaths of their brothers, their desire to protect their remaining siblings, and their dreams of a peaceful world where children wouldn't need to fight.
   
[[File:UchihaSenjuTruce.png|thumb|left|The Senju and Uchiha form an alliance.]]
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Hashirama and Madara eventually learned who the other was, preventing them from continuing to meet under friendly circumstances. Over the following years, the two regularly met and fought on the battlefield, with each in time becoming the leader of his respective clan. Hashirama attempted to use their new positions to broker peace between their clans at long last, finally achieving the dreams they'd had as children. Although Madara was tempted, the death of his last remaining brother, [[Izuna]], committed him to continuing the fight. Other Uchiha, however, found the prospect of peace tempting and started surrendering to the Senju in growing numbers. With his support running out, Madara made a last stand against Hashirama and the Senju and was summarily defeated.<ref>Chapter 624</ref> From his defeat and Hashirama's willingness to give his own life to stop the bloodshed, Madara was convinced to accept the peace proposal.
However, after decades of conflict, most of the clans under the Uchiha and Senju banners formed the first lasting truce after growing weary of the continued bloodshed. The only person who opposed this peace was Madara, who argued for the Uchiha clan to continue the fighting, but was ultimately persuaded to join in a permanent alliance with the Senju clan. Soon after, a pact was formed with the [[Land of Fire]] and thus, [[Konohagakure]] was formed. This set a precedence which others soon followed, creating the [[Five Great Shinobi Countries]], as well as some smaller, outlying villages and settlements.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, pages 4-7</ref>
 
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[[File:Senju & Uchiha truce.png|thumb|left|The Senju and Uchiha form an alliance.]]
The {{translation|'''[[Wikipedia:Sengoku period|Sengoku Period]]'''|戦国時代|Sengoku Jidai}} or Warring States Period, was a time when Japan was in civil war and the demand for ninja was high. This moment in history was the time of many of famous ninja, including [[Wikipedia:Hattori Hanzō|Hattori Hanzō]]. But after the war resolved, their services were cut in a united Japan and, ninja began to fade into history.
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The allied Senju and Uchiha formed a pact with the [[Land of Fire]] to allow them to establish a shinobi village within its borders, what would be called [[Konohagakure]]. Other clans wishing to share in the new peace settled in Konoha as well, the [[Shimura]] and [[Sarutobi clan]]s being amongst the first. Other clans in other countries, fearful of the combined might of the Senju and Uchiha, created their own villages. Thus was the Warring States Period brought to an end, replaced by the [[Shinobi Organisational System]] of the [[Five Great Shinobi Countries]].<ref>Chapter 399, pages 4-7</ref>
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The {{translation|[[Wikipedia:Sengoku period|Warring States Period]]|戦国時代|Sengoku Jidai}} was a timespan of two centuries where the Ashikaga Shogunate collapsed and Japan was torn into various factions in the midst of a bloody civil war. This moment in history was the time of many famous ninja such as [[Wikipedia:Hattori Hanzō|Hattori Hanzō]]. It was also an era where shinobi were in high demand for unconventional tactics such as infiltration, espionage, assassination, and sabotage. But after the war resolved in 1615 with the establishment of the Tokugawa Shogunate, their services were cut in a united Japan and ninja began to fade into history.
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The [[Wikipedia:Warring States Period|Warring States Period]] (simplified Chinese: 战国时代; traditional Chinese: 戰國時代; pinyin: Zhànguó Shídài) was also timespan of three centuries in Chinese History where the Zhou Dynasty was extinguished and the Chinese Empire split in to various warring city-states. It followed the Spring and Autumn period and concluded with the victory of the state of Qin in 221 BC; creating a unified China under the Qin Dynasty.
   
 
== References ==
 
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Latest revision as of 17:51, December 27, 2015

This is the article on the time period. If you are looking for the article on the episode, head to Warring States Period.
Clans

The many mercenary clans active during this era.

The Warring States Period (戦国時代, Sengoku Jidai) was the long, violent era preceding the formation of the hidden villages.

History Edit

Itama ambushed Uchiha Clan2

A child about to die in battle.

During the Warring States Period, the countries of the world were uniformly small, constantly battling each other for land, power, and opportunity. To fight these battles, countries hired one or more clans of mercenary shinobi to represent their interests, the shinobi's loyalties ultimately going to the highest bidder.[1] The constant warfare in turn led to constant death, creating an average lifespan of only thirty years. Children were the greatest victims of the era, forced to fight for their clan no differently than an adult would and, more often than not, being killed by older and more skilled opponents.[2] In an attempt to avoid conflict caused by the ever-changing alliances and resulting vendettas, shinobi were in the habit of never divulging their family names to strangers.[3]

Hashirama VS Madara

The Uchiha vs. the Senju.

Amidst all the vying for supremacy, two clans emerged as the strongest: the Senju clan, famed for their balanced skill in all the shinobi arts, and the Uchiha clan, famed for their Sharingan. Whenever one side in a conflict hired one of the clans, the opposing side would hire the other clan. This constant competition created a deep-seated animosity between its members, with all Senju having lost a loved one to an Uchiha and vice versa. Despite the clans' enmity, it would be the Senju and Uchiha that brought an end to the Warring States Period. Hashirama Senju and Madara Uchiha met as children, unaware of each other's identity. They quickly became friends, bonding over the deaths of their brothers, their desire to protect their remaining siblings, and their dreams of a peaceful world where children wouldn't need to fight.

Hashirama and Madara eventually learned who the other was, preventing them from continuing to meet under friendly circumstances. Over the following years, the two regularly met and fought on the battlefield, with each in time becoming the leader of his respective clan. Hashirama attempted to use their new positions to broker peace between their clans at long last, finally achieving the dreams they'd had as children. Although Madara was tempted, the death of his last remaining brother, Izuna, committed him to continuing the fight. Other Uchiha, however, found the prospect of peace tempting and started surrendering to the Senju in growing numbers. With his support running out, Madara made a last stand against Hashirama and the Senju and was summarily defeated.[4] From his defeat and Hashirama's willingness to give his own life to stop the bloodshed, Madara was convinced to accept the peace proposal.

Senju &amp; Uchiha truce

The Senju and Uchiha form an alliance.

The allied Senju and Uchiha formed a pact with the Land of Fire to allow them to establish a shinobi village within its borders, what would be called Konohagakure. Other clans wishing to share in the new peace settled in Konoha as well, the Shimura and Sarutobi clans being amongst the first. Other clans in other countries, fearful of the combined might of the Senju and Uchiha, created their own villages. Thus was the Warring States Period brought to an end, replaced by the Shinobi Organisational System of the Five Great Shinobi Countries.[5]

Influence Edit

The Warring States Period (戦国時代, Sengoku Jidai) was a timespan of two centuries where the Ashikaga Shogunate collapsed and Japan was torn into various factions in the midst of a bloody civil war. This moment in history was the time of many famous ninja such as Hattori Hanzō. It was also an era where shinobi were in high demand for unconventional tactics such as infiltration, espionage, assassination, and sabotage. But after the war resolved in 1615 with the establishment of the Tokugawa Shogunate, their services were cut in a united Japan and ninja began to fade into history.

The Warring States Period (simplified Chinese: 战国时代; traditional Chinese: 戰國時代; pinyin: Zhànguó Shídài) was also timespan of three centuries in Chinese History where the Zhou Dynasty was extinguished and the Chinese Empire split in to various warring city-states. It followed the Spring and Autumn period and concluded with the victory of the state of Qin in 221 BC; creating a unified China under the Qin Dynasty.

References Edit

  1. Chapter 398, pages 16-17
  2. Chapter 622, pages 12-13
  3. Chapter 622, pages 4-16
  4. Chapter 624
  5. Chapter 399, pages 4-7

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