The question about daimyo was bugging me for a while as well. Thank you for clarifying this (I have my own theory about it, but that's not important right now). Since Kishimoto's explanation on this matter is practically non existent, what do you think is the exact relationship between daimyo, hidden village, and the country itself? Is he just a treasurer? Are Shinobi his subjects? Whose side he's representing?
This is one of those things where it would have honestly have been better if Kishimoto had just pretended the daimyo didn’t exist, because God, when you draw attention to it like this it’s just appalling. Even twelve-year-olds should grasp that this “hierarchy of respect”, in light of the appalling way that daimyo underfund shinobi and how justice is only available for hire by the rich, is a crock of bullshit.
But as of Boruto, the daimyo are still ludicrously wealthy and shinobi, even those who could destroy an entire city in a blink, are still expected to not only risk their lives for them but kiss their asses as well.
I am, in real life, actually a pacifist, but Boruto makes me understand the appeal of Madame Guillotine.