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Kireina Overview

Etymology
Kireina means "clean" in Japanese, however, Kireina is only used when followed by an object and not used alone, but Kireinans did not know that (neither did I at first), and either way, they liked the word Kireina. It is what the first word that the Japanese said when they landed on it in 823 B.C. It was named that as the island was beautiful and clean. The people of Kireina called their island that as they didn't have a name for it nor a name for themselves. Kireinans are known to not really care about naming land, beliefs/ideologies, identities, nor gods or their religion as it is not important in their culture.
Kireinans now have names for their island, gods, and more, but outsiders still refer to them as Kireinans but they don't mind. They named their island and other important things in their native language around 1505 (I don't what their native name in their native language would be yet). People did that as they started to view naming important things as, well, important.

History and Religion
The Kireinans arrived in 2100 BC. They aren't a nation but they are a community of people, and that's how it has always been. The people of Kireina believe in a moon goddess and she gave birth to the Gods of the four elements, the Gods of Fire and Water and Goddesses of Earth and Air. Fire is the sun that gives them light and fire, water is water around them, air is the air around them, and Earth is the island of Kireina and all-natural things on it, basically just the Earth around them. The goddess of Earth is the moon goddess's favorite child, the noblest and strongest of the gods. The Earth goddess is the one who made the island of Kireina and gave birth to the Kireinans and all life on the island.
The four gods are four idols that are located on the biggest mountain on the island. The idols are T-shaped pillars painted in black. The mountain is called Kamigami no Yama (Mountian of Gods). They also have a long staircase built on it. Kireinans believe the moon goddess and the gods of the four elements protect them and that staying close to nature makes their connection with the gods strong. They believe that nature is the gods.
Kireina is close to the island Honshu.

Flags

The old flag of Kireina was its flag since 875 B.C., however, it didn't age well, as it looks similar to Nazi Germany's flag. In 2020, August 9th, it was changed. It wasn't changed in the past as it was very important to Kireinans and they couldn't agree on a new flag.
The gold represents prosperity, the white circle represents their moon goddess, and the Black T shapes represent the moon goddesses children, the gods of the four elements, the black pillar idols.
This flag was chosen as even the die hard nationalists loved it. The gold represents prosperity, the green represents nature and the gods, the shield symbol in the middle represents the emblem of the goddess of Earth and the Kireinans.
The brown represents the goddess of Earth and the Kireinan people, the flower represents the Earth goddesses and Kireinas beauty, the yellow represents yet again prosperity.

Culture
The culture has become more similar to Japan over time but still remains different. Kireinans use straw, wood, and stone to make houses and other structures. They do not use electricity and believe it is important to stay connected with nature as that is staying connected with the Gods. They have some Japanese looking buildings and temples.
Traditional clothes are green that have the yellow follower of the national emblem on them. Kireinans love sports, their favorite being football/soccer, which is their oldest sport. Their second most popular sport is volleyball. Sports are a lot more important in Kireina than most places, as they don't have a lot of entertainment that others have, like video games.

Society
In Kireina there are different roles (they are not forced into these roles). These include hunting/fishing, farming, and making goods. They aren't always working of course, when they are done for the day Kireinans do what normal people do, have fun and relax. Kireina never had gender roles, unlike other societies. People do whatever they want in their free time. People are treated equally and like family.

Kireinas language
In Kireina they speak Japanese and Kireinan. Japanese was introduced to them by the Japanese in 823 B.C. Kireinans usually have Kireinan or Japanese names.

Technology
Kireina is not primitive, they know how to make fire and grow crops. They mainly just lack technology that was introduced in the industrial revolution and electricity. They do have gun powder but most people don't use them for guns. Guns are being used more and more for hunting but most people prefer using the bow and arrow. The bow and arrow is an important weapon in Kireina.

Economic System
The Economic system doesn't have a name and it is very ancient. As I mentioned earlier people have different roles. Kireina did have a very short live currency called the Kei but they got rid of it in a week.
People do make goods like in a normal economy but you don't buy them. People who make them give them out for free, as that is their role in society. If someone makes something you like but they aren't giving it away, you can offer to do them a favor for them and they might accept it. Services, for the most part, are also done for free. For example, peoples whose job is to entertain people do it for free. Most things in Kireina are free and done for free as everyone works together. It is somewhat like the Inca Empire's economic system as they both don't use a currency and they can't be classified as any of the modern-day economic systems or political ideologies.

Goverment
Kireina doesn't really have a government. They take care of each other and people have different roles in order to make sure the society can survive, but they have no governing body. There are things that are not considered ok like stealing and murder but Kireina doesn't deal with that often as they happen very rarely.

Island area and population
The area of the island is about 25 miles² and the population is 1,532 people. As I mentioned earlier it is close to the island of Honshu.

WWII
Kireina didn't take sides in WW2 but they disliked the Axis. They condemned Nazi Germany's flag and wanted them to change it as it gave Kireinas original flag a bad look, but Germany refused. Japanese forces invaded Kireina on July 6th, 1942. Kireinans knew about Japanese folklore and religion, so they used it against them. They dressed up as ghosts and evil spirits, scaring Japanese soldiers. The thing that scared them all away was when they went into a temple. This temple had skeletons that were controlled by strings with Kireinans controlling them, up high hiding on a platform. The Japanese saw these skeletons and one of the people controlling them said in the most haunting voice, "Yomi is full, the dead declare this island as their new home." This scared the living daylight out of them and they ran to their boats and left.

When they told General Hideki Tojo about what happened, he didn't buy and believed the Kireinans were hiding up on Kamigami no Yama, and sent more soldiers. The majority of Kireinans were indeed hiding there. When the soldiers arrived and when they were halfway up the mountain, they saw the shadow coming from a corner, of what looked like a huge Oni beheading a man and blood splattering out onto the ground. The Oni let out a roar and before the victim was beheaded, they let out a blood-curdling scream. The Japanese soldier got the hell out of there. The Island was considered haunted and inhabited by Oni in the mountains, by the Japanese government. No one was allowed to go there. What actually happened on the mountain was a Kireinan made a shadow in the shape of a huge Oni and they beheaded a dummy with a watermelon as the head, making what look liked blood splattering onto the ground.

There were no casualties during this conflict.
The Island was still thought to be haunted until someone re-visited it in 1974.

The story of Kireina being haunted and having Onis living in the mountains became a Japanese urban legend, with the stories of the Oni beheading someone and the skeletons in the temple being told over and over again in Japan. It is still being told to this day, with some people still believing the island is haunted, even after someone re-visited it in1974 concluding that it was not.

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