The Village Hidden in the Clouds, little is known about this village so far other then the fact that it's Nidaime Raikage propelled the village into the Third Great Ninja War and held the village in a state of terror. By the end of the war, he had been defeated and replaced by the current Sandaime Raikage.
The leader is known as the Sandaime Raikage, or Third Lightning Shadow, who holds the final choice over all matters political and militaristic within the village.
It is well known that even after its defeat in the Third Great Ninja War, it still has a considerable force which it can call upon, especially as it has had time to recover from its loss of men and morale. In both cases, this can be partially attributed to the wise decisions of its current leader, the Sandaime Raikage.
Several notable families have been noted among its ninja, especially the Kurosawa family, which is well known for combining ninjutsu and taijutsu in absolutely devastating attacks, and several other families. It is also known to have multiple shinobi who are skilled at kenjutsu, with the katana often being used as the weapon of choice instead of the kunai.
Not much is known about Kumogakure's internal divisions due to a number of factors, most notably the fact that they simply don't display them to the outside world. The main division among the older ninja of Kumogakure is the group who are loyal to the Sandaime, and the small number of family elders and older ninja who believe that the war against Konohagakure should never have been abandoned. This group is very much in the minority, but they still wield a worrying amount of influence, mainly over some of the impressionable young of the villiage. A number of them have become Missing-Nin, particularly the ones who were discovered in attempts to provoke Konoha or to destabilize the Sandaime.
Kumogakure has mixed relationships with the other villages. They have an alliance with Iwagakure, and are currently seeking alliance with Konohagakure, and have secured a treaty allowing them to participate in the Konoha Chuunin Exams. On the other hand, they have a decidedly cool relationship with Kirigakure. Their relationship with Sunagakure is cautiously friendly.
The Hidden Village
The actual village is high up in the mountain ranges of the Land of Lightning, with bridges and boardwalks a primary feature of the village. In a large number of cases, the builders have decided to carve buildings out of the very rock itself as well as building on the mountains. Its position makes it very hard to attack, with few enemies actually reaching the village proper.
People of the Hidden Cloud
The people of Kumogakure are people who often seem proud to others, but have a deep code of honor, although this is often not figured out by others. They also often differ physically from people of other Hidden Villages, with much darker skin.
Recent History of the Hidden Cloud
little is known about the history of this village so far other then the fact that it's Nidaime Raikage propelled the village into the Third Great Ninja War and held the village in a state of terror. By the end of the war, he had been defeated and replaced by the current Sandaime Raikage.
The Sandaime is now about 80, and he has designated his successor, Kurosawa Haruka, although it is rumored that he intends to keep going until he drops dead in the office or on the battlefield.