Separate the War Province tokens according to their number: I, II, and III. Shuffle them into 3 facedown piles, each with 8 tokens, placing them next to the board.
Place all the War Number tokens next to the board.
Shuffle the 10 Political Mandate tiles facedown and place them in a pile next to the board.
Place all Monster figures next to the board, within reach of all players.
Place all the Coins and Ronin tokens in common piles next to the board, within reach of all players.
Unlike the other components, Coins and Ronin are considered to be unlimited. In the unlikely event that either of these common piles run out, use substitute components to supply more of them.