|English||Dead Spirit World|
|Head of State||Soul King|
|Legislative Branch||Kidō Corps|
|Judicial Branch||Central 46|
|Military Branch||Gotei 13|
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Reverse London (West)
Soul Society (尸魂界 (ソウル・ソサエティ), Souru Sosaeti; Japanese for "Dead Spirit World") is the afterlife. Souls that die in the Material World are sent to Soul Society and live there until their reincarnation. The Soul Society is protected by Shinigami and ruled by the Soul King.
Soul Society is known to be divided into two branches. They are known as the "East Branch" (東梢局, Tōshōkyoku; Literally meaning "Eastern Office"), which oversees Japan, and Soul Society West Branch (尸魂界・西梢局 (ソウル・ソサエティ ウエスト・ブランチ), Souru Sosaeti Uesuto Buranchi; Japanese for "Dead Spirit World Western Office"), which oversees London.
Access to Soul Society
Soul Society and the Material World are on opposite sides of one another, with the Dangai and Hueco Mundo existing in the space between them. To access Soul Society, one uses a Senkaimon (穿界門; Literally meaning "World Penetration Gate") and a Hell Butterfly to guide them. Hollows and Arrancar can access Soul Society with a Garganta (黒腔 (ガルガンタ), Garuganta; Spanish for "Throat", Japanese for "Black Cavity").
Soul Society functions similarly to feudal Japan. The Shinigami live within the Seireitei, while the average Soul lives in the Rukongai. The districts closer to the Seireitei are generally more prosperous and the people there live in relative comfort. However, the outer districts are poverty and violence stricken. Despite this, souls (without spiritual power) will never go hungry. Families separated by death are rarely reunited in Soul Society and, therefore, souls cluster together and live in makeshift families of complete strangers.
Soul Society also has an aristocracy. The Four Great Noble Families occupy the Seireitei along with the Shinigami, as well as many minor noble families, and have considerable political clout within Soul Society's government.
Women are generally looked down upon in Soul Society and are not seen as typically being capable of climbing the ranks of the Gotei 13. It was said that Miyako Shiba, wife of well-respected Shinigami Kaien Shiba, struggled a great deal to climb the ranks because of her gender.
- Main article: Law in the Soul Society
Though the Soul King is the official monarch of Soul Society, the Central 46 governs all of Soul Society. They adjudicate the law and pass sentences on criminals. It consists of forty elders and six judges whose orders and commands are absolute and are to be taken without question.
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