Lt. Surge is American. Ayers Rock is mentioned in Ponyta's FireRed Pokedex entry. In the American games, Fantina is from some other country and she speaks French. C'est bizarre, n'est-ce pas?
Anyone found any other references to the real world in the games?
Where do you think the world of Pokemon is? My theory would be Japan, on Earth, in a parallel universe. Yeah, it's a dumb theory, but Pokemon is fictional.