The Fire country, 500 years ago, it was the largest and wealthiest of the five great shinobi nations. Now, it is a more somber desolate place. It has also become the poorest nation among the nations that survived till today. The terrain is mostly desolate plains, with rivers, a couple of mountains and dense forests created to mimic what they used to look like in the past. The country's soft climate may be the reason it can rise again to prosperity, as harvests can be collected twice a year and natural disasters are rare. The borders of the Fire Country are guarded by adept shinobi of Konohagakure no Sato and an army that has grown stronger during the last century; headed by the Shogun. It can not be called the greatest country in the ninja world, however, it is considered the strongest, standing ninja village.
The Wind country is located near directly southwest of the fire country. The Land of Rivers and Rain country that used to exist were decimated and annihilated during the war, leaving the Wind Country to have direct borders around the Fire Country. Due to little rain hitting the country except what once was Rain Country and the Land of rivers, it is mostly a desert. Some have even started calling it a grand desert, and there have been rumors about the people of its land. The people are hardy and known for being capable survivors more so than any other country. It holds the citadel of The Sultanate of the Setting Sun, and they are known to be called the strongest of the known world today. With their tactics, different racial cooperation, and slavery; they are adeptly poised to be considered the best in field operations and surviving anywhere in the known world.
Many years ago, minor countries were all around the ninja world. But with each step towards calamity, they fell into despair. Their countries collapsed and their structure was destroyed. These countries were too small to be considered one of the five great countries in the past. Relying on outsiders for protection, the countries were rampant with poverty, criminals or simply their military might being too low. These days, the Desolate Countries live outside the normal rules, making this a primary hub for missing ninja to convene without being hunted down.