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Outside of a small village in central Honshu, not terribly far from either Nagoya or Osaka (and in fact rather closer to Kyoto), Japan, on a wet, foggy morning in 1600 C.E., a very large group of people got together for a spirited discussion about which direction their country would take in the future. The outcome of the Battle of Sekigahara tilted subsequent events and power structures in the favour of Tokugawa Ieyasu, who later became the first of the Tokugawa Shoguns, and the start of the Tokugawa Shogunate which brought nearly 300 years of peace and prosperity (or at least relative peace) to Japan.

A couple hundred years later, in another part of the world, some other people got together in a couple different places for similar, spirited discussions. In 1861 there occured the Battle of Ball's Bluff, in Virginia, and the Battle of Camp Wildcat, in Kentucky, both in a discussion about subsequent events and power structures in the United States of America.

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