|Translation||Village Hidden in the Sand|
|Status||Active - Major Village|
|Military||8750 Trained Shinobi|
The youngest of the Major Shinobi Villages, Sunagakure no Sato is the hidden village of the Land of Wind. Founded by the First Kazekage after uniting the desert dwelling clans under a single banner with the approval of the Wind Daimyo, the village quickly became recognized not only as a military stronghold for the desert country but a trading hub, becoming the country de facto capital. As one of the five shinobi villages, it's leader is allowed to bear the title of Kazekage, elected by the council and reaffirmed the village's Jōnin and the Wind Daimyo.
Located within a vast desert where lack of water and constant sandstorms are quite common, life is hard for the sand shinobi, but nevertheless this has formed them into natural survivalists and ruthless in battle, considering failure not an option. However this has also being turned against them as this same ruthlessness has led them to lose most conflicts they have fought over the years, mainly being led by their past Kazekage's and their ill-suited plans.
Their natural defense of the vast sea of dunes has also become a detriment as their population has diminished due war and famine. Still the hardy inhabitants of the desert are hard to keep down and in the recent years the village has started to slowly flourish and rebuilt under the leadership of the latest Kazekage, who seeks to clean the image of the village on the eyes of the world.
Infamously Sunagakure is known for their warring past. Due their harsh lifestyle and prevalent lack of natural resources Sunagakure was waged war for land, country, resources and freedom. With the latter being a more of a lie told by their more warring Kazekage. Thus many villages have grown to be distrustful of the Sunagakure shinobi, taking them as a band of thieves and cutthroats. While maintaining their ruthless efficiency during mission's sake, in the past years, Sunagakure has managed to restore some of it's image by avoiding conflicts and using diplomacy where might does not work.