Kanan

KANAN

Kanan's culture is very peaceful and modest. The people are calm, and enjoy the simple things in life. Animals are very close to the citizen's hearts, so vegetarianism and veganism are very common. There are a lot of animal-like people here, and it is common to know multiple animal's languages and it is taught in school. The people are very hard-working, and education is important to them. There are many festivals, one for each season, and a big one during the spring to thank the nature spirits for all they have done. It is a common practice, and considered rude not to, to attend to shrines and temples dedicated to some of the most important and influential of spirits. The spirits of the forest are very close to the villagers, but everyone does live in fear of them and doing something wrong.

History
-Before the spirits became distrusting of others, Kanan was a small kingdom that directed its attention towards farming and gardening. Then there was one person - the "Great Traitor" - who came into Kanan and started to use the spirits to his advantage, manipulating them and bribing/controlling them. He created a following, and finally there was a huge battle between the "traitors" and the spirits. The spirits proved to be much more powerful, they had been holding back because they were kindly spirits. But now, because of those "traitors", most spirits of the forests don't trust outsiders and make sure no one gets too powerful. In fact, the word "traitor" or "Uragi" is very offensive and derogatory.

 
- Travelers and outsiders are shunned and usually not welcome -- the spirits are strict and only allow specific actions and pretty much rule over the land. Many people worship the spirits as much as they can in fear that they will be punished.
-There are also the Numachi tribes, tribes of wild people living in the Moera swampland in the middle of the Shinrin forest. There live more carnivorous and even some possibly cannibalistic (?) spirits, so the people there eat a lot of meat and wear animal skins and teeth. They speak in more grunts than words, and are very aggressive. They often get into fights with the other Kananians, even call themselves the "Natives" and the villagers "Uragi". They make sacrifices to their spirits. The leader of the largest and most violent tribe, Hanta, is Kari
-Buildings and culture is very Japanese-themed, with festivals and other activities to worship spirits. Common clothing is kimonos and Yukatas, 
-Buildings are largely made out of wood, and in villages all wood harvested must be a gift directly from the spirits. Also lots of elves and elven styles of hair and clothing. Shoes are commonly not worn, especially if the person has animalistic feet. Shoes worn are commonly jikatabi/sandals.

Government
Oolah is the "king", and has a very strict ruling over the people. He employs a lot of police force and keeps the general public in check, and creates propaganda against "traitors" who leave to other kingdoms as well as travelers and outsiders. He is usually very manipulated by the spirits of the area, and is basically a puppet.
-Police HQ: Large, tall wooden tunnels with large doors into rooms. Very secretive. The police are all Ninja Warriors, and Kanan's forces are very well organized by type of fighting. Each Ninja wears a long grey-blue cloak and wooden mask, with different color-shape-number combinations to tell them apart. 
-Lots of gardens, many of which are tied to villages, which means they need to be protected at all costs. 

Religion
- they are mainly "atheist", as in they only worship spirits on Yume, they do not worship any spirits/gods up in the clouds for which they don't have any proof.
-Springtime: A common belief and rumor around the villages is that by coming to the shrine and praying to the spirit of love, Omoiyari, you can find out who your significant other is in your dreams or that you will get married faster. There is always a large crowd in front of the temple, and people young and old come to celebrate, even if they are already married or taken as it has become tradition. People can possibly get a Shinzo plant seed from the spirit, as that is the plant the spirit created as a plant of healing and love.