I suspect that you are all horribly deviating from the little that indisputably constitutes the Pokémon world.Originally Posted by MattW
It almost seems as though you are oblivious to the fact that Pokémon is first and foremost the creation of the Game Freak staff; it is by all means a full-fledged world, but the designers deliberately focused on certain aspects more than others. The gap between our world and that which is depicted in the Pokémon games is not easily bridged, and perhaps it is for this reason that many liberties have been taken by other parties in translating the games to other media. Some have felt the need to reduce the Pokémon world to such a form that bears more resemblance to our world, whereas others have turned to make it solely geared at entertainment. Regrettably, very little has been done to expand on the games, rather than dismissing and inverting the world they reflect.
Needless to say, I object to the notion that the Pokémon world is meant to be discussed in relation to our world, whereby the same principles must hold true. I find this is the wrong way to approach the topic; we are first to discuss the world as it is, and only when sufficient conclusions have been drawn can similarities to the real world be concluded. Otherwise, the discussion could never go beyond the random theorization level--fanfiction already serves that purpose quite well. My original impression was that this forum was intended to be something more.
If to stay on the topic of the presence of a governing body, there is an interesting reference in Gold/Silver/Crystal that succinctly describes what needs to be said on the matter. A person at the Goldenrod City Station says the following:
This alone proves that there is one governing body in power of both Kanto and Johto, if not the other regions. Moreover, the Magnet Train is an example of a project orchestrated by the government that concerns all citizens, as opposed to Pokémon trainers alone. This project is only mentioned in the games for its relevance to the storyline, being used to explain why the Magnet Train only operates at a later stage in the game. In general, the storyline revolves around the quest of a young trainer, and so the government's duties are largely irrelevant.I'm the PRESIDENT. My dream was to build a train that is faster than any POKéMON. It really brings JOHTO much closer to KANTO.
It is evident that the fairly organized system in the Pokémon world is not arbitrary, but the product of law and order. We witness this practically anywhere in the games, even in the many desolate locations--there is at least a sign indicating the name of the location. However, the games focus on the trainer's quest, and any references not directly falling under this category at least add some flavor to the storyline. It remains unknown whether a proper taxation system is intact, for the simple reason that it cannot possibly be meaningful.