The gods only laugh when people ask them for wealth.
Power corrupts – it's a human phenomenon that isn't politically tied. A government of any type or color that has had the power for too long should, for its own hygiene's sake, step back for a time and think things through.
There is very little you can beat into a child but no limit to what you can hug out of it.
Guardian spirits, deities, demons, dragons and stolen magic...
Ikigai is inspired by a simple magic system that I came up with when I was researching for one of my other worlds as well as a book that I was reading at the time.