[edit: *facepalm* I am one of the uneducated masses, sorry. This is for a not-very-realistic fandom, so I figure I don't have to be too accurate either -- so given minimal brain damage, how might this person function, is a better way to rephrase the question, maybe?]
2.) Unrelated to the above: I've got two countries that have been locked in a land dispute for several generations (country X and country Z are fighting over island Y). I would like to read up on actual historical wars that have lasted for years & years on end, and how it was resolved, et cetera
3.) Totally unrelated to the above: Character B is a man in his mid/late twenties in Japan, and well-off financially (or takes pains to appear so). What brand of cigarettes would he be buying?