"I know some history going back - two, three hundred years? But that was hard to find. There's a lot of information suppression." History, fortunately, is like swords and is one of the things he can actually talk about.
"We used to have a feudal empire covering the continent, that was more stable. There was a war, and the last emperor died without heirs, and then the feudal lords started fighting. Two hundred years later, we were still in the Warring States period. Shinobi were in small mercenary clans."
"Sixty three ago, the two most powerful shinobi clans in the Land of Fire decided to band together. They formed the Hidden Leaf, which I think was initially kind of like the old artisan's guilds or worker unions? They convinced other clans to join, and other clans in other nations copied them. That and a wider trend towards consolidation of smaller nations forced the constant small wars to stop, though the wars that did happen later were bigger. The Hidden Leaf - under I think the third leader - started to become less a guild and more its own state within a state. They're on the fifth leader now."
"And I think the computers are foreign, yes. I've been oversees once to somewhere with better technology. The Land of Snow. They have a thing that gives them temperate pocket climates, but I don't know how it works. They stay out of everyone else's politics, mostly. The leader might remember me, since I helped install her on her throne when I was still a Leaf shinobi."