14th April 2013, 09:00 PM #481
Re: Pokémon World Government
Hello everybody. First off, I'd like to say I'm new to the forum, and while I was a fan of the anime when I was a kid, rather lost track of the series around Hoenn, and I've just started getting back into Pokemon. I rather enjoy world-building, I saw this thread and it was just so interesting. I hope this isn't too late a reply.
I always presumed there was some sort of larger government in the Pokemon world, if only going by the show. There's definitely law, since there's a police force, and a large group of people living in the same area with the kinds of advancements of a modern city would definitely have a legal structure in place. As for government, I'd say there's a local government. There was that mayor on the Orange Islands that was trying to get reelected. And since there is a government system in place, there would also be a tax system, since those things go hand in hand. The fact that there is an elected mayor also suggests something other than a dictatorship type system.
I don't know if the "city-states" structure works so well, at least I don't know if it would work so well in what is, again, a rather modernized society. And, from watching old episodes of the show, I remember that when Team Rocket got to Hoenn, they called Giovanni. I don't know about the Japanese, but in the English version he said "even though Team Rocket operates internationally, we haven't really established a branch in the Hoenn region. In order for them to operate internationally, there has to be more than one nation.
So offhand, I'd say that each region may be a separate country, with the Pokemon League acting as an international organization. That could work out. On the other hand, another possibility is that Kanto and Johto could be one single nation, while the other nations are separate nations. I could easily see that with Hoenn and Unova, since they are not physically attached to the others, so it would be easier for them to be separate nations.
Of course, we could also be looking at a situation like the EU, where all the regions are their own countries, but they are all part of a union, with a unified currency.
The idea that the Pokemon League is the government, and that gym leaders are political figures just doesn't make sense to me. The League always seems like more of an athletic organization, though government probably has a great involvement with it, given how important creatures as powerful as Pokemon would be in their world (Electric Pokemon helping with power supply, at least providing starting power). And while people may turn to Gym Leaders in crisis situations (makes sense, since they are meant to be experienced trainers who may be able to help), I don't see them holding an office. Too much work. Managing a Gym would be hard enough without the actual job of running a city or larger.
Economy wise, I would say Gyms would provide quite a bit of activity. Think about what it takes to run a gym. Battles damage the building and the field, so repairs are a frequent expenditure. Then there is food stocks, medical and hygiene supplies for Pokemon, what it takes to teach students, so on and so forth. There is money flowing there. It also makes sense when gyms combine businesses, like how the Sensational Sisters put on a water ballet.
As for police, there are police officers besides Jenny, at least anime wise. They just don't get showcased because Jenny is the game representative of law enforcement. I direct your attention to the "K9 Caper" episode in the original series. There were other guys in uniform at the police academy. Also, there were other officers behind Jenny when she held a memorial for Ash and the others after the St. Anne sunk.
Military: They exist. Case in point, Lieutenant Surge! He's a Lieutenant, so that means military. I remember that he was even wearing dog tags. As for why they don't show up, it might be the same reason that you never see the military doing anything about the giant monster attacks in Power Rangers (except for that episode of Turbo where a soldier was helping with evacuation, and cases like Lightspeed where the rangers WERE military). They aren't the heroes, so they are deliberately out of focus. Most likely the military, if they respond, are simply offscreen, dealing with something else. But they do exist. Or perhaps there was a military, and it has just recently been disbanded, such as in Costa Rica.
10th May 2013, 02:56 PM #482
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Re: Pokémon World Government
I always thought the Pokemon World was a non-corrupt communist state consisting of a sole major government and small governments (states) or they could be in a union like the EU. There would be laws that criminal organizations won't follow and the primary agenda is focused around taking care of Pokemon.
Each region probably are either:
a) Part of the same international country or
b) Part of a union
The Gym leaders, Elite Four, and the Champion aren't of any government title, unless they wanted to, and are there probably like a class of people, who gains respect due to their outstanding work of training their Pokemon to full capacity.
With economy, it's a non-corrupt communist state, but unlike communism, they have some form of currency. It's like a mix between democratic and communist ideals. Although it could just be like the government of Japan... and there's probably bound to be some homeless around, with the only help they get are from Pokemon (what a nice world to be in...).
And there's also micronations inside the regions, like the Lucario Kingdom, the Togepi Palance thing, etc... And I'm also assuming the Ranger Regions are different.