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What are your game headcanons?

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I saw a creepypasta on this and thought it worked well.
Before the events of R/B/Y and the remakes, it was decided by Mr. Fuji that Lavender Town desperatly needed a source of income, and was offered by the Johto Radio company to build a radio tower in place of the pokemon tower. Mr. Fuji first wanted to move the bodies of pokemon to a new place, a tower that would be built in Vermilion City, thats what is seen being built in Gen. 1. The construction was taking a long time due to both the workers (Machop) and the overseer (The old man on the plot) dying. It was decided to move the bodies to Mr. Fujis house and tear down the tower, building the radio tower. Oh, and the old man and machop in G/S/C and remakes? Spirits.
Ok, maybe not the best hedcannon/theory ever, but I really like it.
Other headcannons of mine: Red is a ghost on Mt. Silver and in the PWT, appearing only to those he belives strong enough. Gengar is Clefables shadow/ doppleganger. (sp?)
 
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*Red and Leaf were twins, brother and sister, and they left on their journey's at the same time. But Leaf decided to work with Mr. Fuji in Lavender Town halfway through her journey, which is why Red has all the fame.

*Red was at Mt. Silver hunting for the last Pokemon in the Kanto Pokedex, Mew (As seen at the end of Pokemon Origins). He never found Mew, and after being defeated by Gold, he finally realized that this wasn't the way to go about it, isolating himself from the world, so he returned, which is why he was in Black and White 2, he'd moved on with his life and continued to catch Pokemon and meet trainers in different regions. Mew still eludes him.

*Mew is the direct creation of Arceus after the Lake Trio and the Creation Trio, and all other non-Legendary Pokemon evolved from Mew (Other then Genesect, as it used to be a normal Pokemon, and Mewtwo, although I suppose Mewtwo is the child of Mew).

*The reason another Mewtwo appears in X and Y is because Team Flare was experimenting in creating new and powerful Pokemon, and scavenged data from Pokemon Mansion. Learning from Team Rocket's failures, they also created the two Mewtonite Mega Stones. However, this new Mewtwo also escaped, and lived peacefully in Pokemon Village until Calem/Serena captured it.
 
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Another couple headcanons I have is that real places and animals from our world do no actually exist in the Pokemon universe (anime, game, and manga). The other one I have is the location of the regions. Since the games take place in a different universe from the anime, the locations of the regions are actually very different. Hoenn is definitely south west of Johto and west of the Sevii Islands. Sinnoh is clearly stated to be north of Johto and Mt. Coronet is actually part of the mountain chain as Mt. Silver. Unova is on the Western side of the planet and Kalos is equally far away on the Eastern side of the planet.

Something else I had thought of is that several Pokemon debuted in regions that they are not actually native to. The first two are Rilou and Lucario which debuted in Sinnoh yet are native to Kalos. While Riolu is found in Unova currently, the species is definitely not native to Unova or else it would have appeared in B/W. Another is the Beldum line which debuted in Hoenn yet is actually native to Unova. It's the only place in the world so far where Metang and Metagross can be found in the wild. Eevee is also native to Kalos though strangely is more commonly seen in Kanto/Johto.

One last theory I have is that Golett was created as a guardian of the Dragonspiral tower. After Team Plasma break into it, the species spreads to other parts of Unova. It looks be that it was designed as almost a robot but the clay it was constructed from had specific properties that made it a living being. The reason why they are classified as Pokemon is because maybe once the robots gained sentience it took on characteristics of Pokemon. It saw how Pokemon can become more powerful through the process of evolution and it adapted the chemical/biological properties needed for such a process. Upon that day a new life was born from the shell of Golett, Golurk.
 
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Mo' headcanons

*Red and Leaf are twin siblings, and both set out on their journey on their birthday's when they turned 11. However, by the time of the events at Mt. Silver, Red is 15
*Leaf reached the Pokemon League before Red, however battled Giovanni after Red. Leaf lost to Blue, but Red won. The events of Origins play out (Red completes the Pokedex, Blue is severely injured, Red catches Mewtwo), and Red gives the title of Kanto Champion to Leaf, as he leaves on his journey to catch Mew.
*Red's Blastoise and Venusaur don't belong to him, they were lent to him by Blue and Leaf respectively, to assist him in his journey.
*Despite popular belief, Charizard is his most prized Pokemon, instead of Pikachu, although Pikachu is still one of his most treasured Pokemon and greatest friends.
*After 4 long years of searching, Red gave up, and went into exile on the peak of Mt. Silver. Loosing to the player in Gold/Silver rekindled the flame in his heart that allowed him to defeat Blue and capture Mewtwo, and he rode off on his Charizard (He simply vanished in the game due to graphical limitations)
*Red didn't talk in Gold/Silver because he was still bitter about being unable to track down Mew, even more so after he learned that the player character in Emerald caught a Mew. He also has a telepathic bond with his Pokemon, similar to Pokemon Amie's buffs
*He appeared in B2/W2 because he moved on from hunting for Mew, and is once again out to be the very best like no one ever was.
 
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Another is the Beldum line which debuted in Hoenn yet is actually native to Unova. It's the only place in the world so far where Metang and Metagross can be found in the wild.
Well you can get wild Beldum in Sinnoh
 
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Something else I had thought of is that several Pokemon debuted in regions that they are not actually native to. The first two are Rilou and Lucario which debuted in Sinnoh yet are native to Kalos. While Riolu is found in Unova currently, the species is definitely not native to Unova or else it would have appeared in B/W. Another is the Beldum line which debuted in Hoenn yet is actually native to Unova. It's the only place in the world so far where Metang and Metagross can be found in the wild. Eevee is also native to Kalos though strangely is more commonly seen in Kanto/Johto.
Cool! I mentioned the same headcanon a few pages ago, I like it when people have the same thoughts as mine :)
 
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Something else I had thought of is that several Pokemon debuted in regions that they are not actually native to. The first two are Rilou and Lucario which debuted in Sinnoh yet are native to Kalos. While Riolu is found in Unova currently, the species is definitely not native to Unova or else it would have appeared in B/W. Another is the Beldum line which debuted in Hoenn yet is actually native to Unova. It's the only place in the world so far where Metang and Metagross can be found in the wild. Eevee is also native to Kalos though strangely is more commonly seen in Kanto/Johto.
Riolu and Eevee can both be encountered wild in Unova too -- Challenger's Cave/Floccesy Ranch, and the park in BW2 Castelia City.
 
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Something else I had thought of is that several Pokemon debuted in regions that they are not actually native to. The first two are Rilou and Lucario which debuted in Sinnoh yet are native to Kalos. While Riolu is found in Unova currently, the species is definitely not native to Unova or else it would have appeared in B/W. Another is the Beldum line which debuted in Hoenn yet is actually native to Unova. It's the only place in the world so far where Metang and Metagross can be found in the wild. Eevee is also native to Kalos though strangely is more commonly seen in Kanto/Johto.
Riolu and Eevee can both be encountered wild in Unova too -- Challenger's Cave/Floccesy Ranch, and the park in BW2 Castelia City.
Yes but BW2 doesn't count as it's mentioned that all those Pokemon are new to Unova. They weren't originally found in that region. You're right about Challenger's Cave though.
 
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Yes but BW2 doesn't count as it's mentioned that all those Pokemon are new to Unova. They weren't originally found in that region. You're right about Challenger's Cave though.
[tangent] I remember the moment I beat a Pokemon Breeder's Riolu on Route 11, I looked it up in the Pokedex, made a n immediate beeline down to Challenger's Cave, and DID NOT LEAVE until I caught one in each gender. Good times.
 
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These are my regional headcanons, again, updated to include Kalos. Other regions have been updated, as well. Some of these are probably pretty obvious, but I also feel each region has some quirks, which I've underlined.

Kanto- Kanto has sort of a science and technological theme going on. This is why it is the home of Silph Co., which manufactures a lot of the other regions' technology, and the Power Plant. It is home to more Scientists than the other regions, some of which contributing to the cloning of Mew into Mewtwo (during which, a failed clone lead to Ditto) and the creation of Porygon. Kanto is also home to most of, what Bulbapedia calls, inorganic Pokemon, like Magnemite, Grimer, and Voltorb because of this. Unlike other regions, the people of Kanto don’t have a specific legendary Pokémon that is significant to their culture. Kanto also has a high Otaku population, as evidenced by the amount of Super Nerds and Poke Maniacs. Places like the Pokémon Tower and the general practice of creating scientifically engineered Pokémon makes Kanto a very eerie place to foreigners and, as such, Kanto does not get many tourists. They are very closely connected to Johto. The national language is Japanese.

Johto- Johto is more on ancient tradition, though in more ways than one. Geographically, they have many ruins (Ruins of Alph and Sinjoh Ruins) and temples. They discovered the Unown and created the modern Alphabet. Every citizen of Johto is required to learn the Unown script, as per tradition, and signs are written in the Latin Alphabet, Unown Script, and Japanese. Johto also has many towers to tie into local tradition, such as the Bell Tower and Sprout Tower (no pun intended). The legendary Pokémon of Johto are very important to the history and culture of the region and citizens and many legends and lore about them is common knowledge to both the old and young. The early people of Johto also discovered most of the Pokemon world's medicine and other regions import medicine (for Pokémon and humans) from Johto. Those of Ecruteak City hold tradition in the highest regard in all of Johto. This is why it has two of the towers. It also has the Kimono Dance Theater where certain honored girls become Kimono Girls based on lineage. Slowpoke is a notable Pokémon in Azalea Town, where it is both revered. Elsewhere in Johto, its tails are consumed as a delicacy. Outside of the traditional theme, Johto takes great pride in its Radio Tower, which is the major means of receiving information and idle luxury pastimes. They are very closely connected to Kanto. The national language is Japanese.

Hoenn- Quite obviously, Hoenn is all about nature, being formed by the battle between Kyogre and Groudon. This battle left Hoenn, as a region, half-water and half-land. As a result, the people of Hoenn are very connected to an influenced by nature. This is most evident by Fortree City's houses being built in trees and the entire Pacifidlog Town. Other cities are also built around many trees, water, and in one case, a volcano. Water travel is very common, primarily by small boats or water Pokémon, with little to no large ships. In fact, motorized vehicles and automobiles are very rare, and hardly owned by regular civilians, and biking is encouraged. Nature is left alone, for the most part, which is why certain routes have higher grasses than any others. Hoenn also has a variety of temperatures and weather conditions, including rain, sun, and thunderstorms, but no snow (outside of Shoal Cave). Many tourists visit for its nice temperatures and tropical areas. Speaking of which, Hoenn has a lot more tourists incorporated into their population; it isn't a place for city people. There is also a larger population of older people that like to retire in Hoenn. Braille is heavily incorporated into the region in accords to tradition and legends associated with Regirock, Regice, and Registeel and can be found with the Latin Alphabet and Japanese on important signs, similar to the Unown Alphabet in Johto. As such, most of the population, regardless of their quality of vision, knows how to read braille. The national language is Japanese, but other languages are common due to tourism.

Sinnoh- Similar to Johto’s traditional theme, Sinnoh is about mythology, particularly about Pokemon. A lot of locations are centered around legendary Pokemon and their relation to Sinnoh and they are highly taught about and studied. They have a great desire to understand their Pokemon and their relations with humans, as can be heard by citizens in Hearthome's "Foreign Building", the Lost Tower, and Canalave's Library. Sinnoh has many young trainers, since they are taught to make a connection with Pokemon at an early age. Even if they are not trainer age yet, many young people have a Pokemon. Sinnoh has a lot of youths, in general, as evidenced by the numerous babies seen in Hearthome City. Climate-wise, Sinnoh is the coldest region, with more snowstorms than any other region in its northernmost areas, which turns away many tourists, despite its peaceful and relaxed atmosphere. TV is very popular, as well are the numerous gadgets produced in Jubilife City. The national language is Japanese.

Unova- Unova is the flashy, “Hollywood” region, where all of the city loving tourists go. Everything there is huge and glitzy the help attract people to the many places they have to offer. It is also home to Castelia City, the biggest city in the Pokémon World. It is also home to other attractions, like: Nacrene Museum, an Airport, a theme park, and a movie production company (all of the Pokemon world's movies come from Unova). In essence, nearly every city and town in Unova has something to offer for tourists. This is incorporated into as many areas of the region as possible; with large Gyms, Elite Four Rooms, and the Champion's gold room. Despite the major emphasis on glamor, the local people are very familiar and knowledgeable about the legends of the hero and the legendary Dragon Pokémon. Lacunosa Town is sparsely populated due to legends of Kyurem eating those who live there from time to time. The inhabitants are much unlike the rest of Unova and remain more traditional, as they believe the reason for Kyurem’s rage is due to the current population’s emphasis on being grandeur and abandoning their history. The national language is English, but other languages are common due to tourism.

At one point in its history, Unova was more like Sinnoh and Johto, and resembled the region as shown in White/White 2: Opelucid City lacked technology, Route 4 had ruins, and the volcano in Reversal Mountain was active. As Unova began to focus more on tourism and glamour, Opelucid City was completely destroyed and rebuilt as the one present in Black/ Black 2, the ruins in Route 4 were built over, and the volcano went dormant. Black City was also built over White Forest.

Kalos- Like Unova, Kalos is highly populated by tourists and honeymooners, many of which are from Kanto, Hoenn, and Unova and partake in the magnificent sights that can be found across the region. They are very centered on ideas of true beauty in many forms and close bonds between trainers and Pokémon. It is also a very classy and elegant region, with extravagant places, including Parfum Palace, Tower of Mastery, and Shabbaneau Castle. Due to a terrible war that occurred 3,000 years prior, the theme of peace and understanding is highly embraced to prevent a similar tragedy in the future. Also, as a result of that war, Kalos is home to many Pokémon from other regions as they were sent to take part in and end the war from their home region. When the war ended, the Pokémon from other regions remained made Kalos their home, leading to an extensive regional Pokedex. Art is also a large part of Kalos culture, with many painters seen painting various landscapes across the region and notable paintings found in Parfum Palace and Lumiose’s museum. Because of the teachings to care towards and understand Pokémon, it’s common for young children, under the age of ten, to have and train Pokémon. Pokémon are also commonly found scattered about Kalos outside of Poke Balls with no problems. The national language is French, but other languages are common due to tourism.
 
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I have quite a few:
  • The e-Reader berries, in-universe, are genetically modified Enigma Berries that Red, Leaf, Brenden, and May beta-tested. Unfortunate, the e-Reader berries didn't function like their creators intended, so they ended up recalling the modified-Enigmas. To this day, the group that were part of the e-Reader project haven't had any success.
  • Archie has relatives on Seven Island in the Sevii Islands, explaining why he can battled in that one house if a walk-trough-walls cheat is applied.
  • Glitch Pokémon exist in-universe as Lovecraftian horrors. Red was tricked by cult, the leader of said cult being known as "Jacred," into unleashing the Glitch Pokémon trapped in Kanto to spread terror across the world. Luckily, Red stopped both the Glitch Pokémon and Jacred's cult, but not before Kanto suffered collateral damage. This is why Kanto looks so different in GSC/HGSS.
  • Red's guilt from the events above got the better of him, and as a result, he isolated himself on Mt. Silver. The battle against Ethan/Lyra snapped Red out of his funk, thus why he left Mt. Silver after being beaten.
  • Kris, still exists, but not as a player character, but as an archaeologist that works with Eusine sometimes. She's also good friends with Cal, the guy from the Trainer House in Viridian City.
  • In-between BW and B2W2, some event caused the Dream World to leak. This explains why the Entralink seems to be out of water, the creation of the Hidden Grottoes, and the Dream Radar.
 
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His aura abilities slows down the biological aging process, so he's able to stay in his prime much longer. Related to this, Aura's general ability to slow down the aging process is directly related to the strength of one's aura. The stronger it is, the greater their longevity
gasp That's why Ash never ages! We've solved the mystery!!
 
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N can understand Pokemon because he's from the Mystery Dungeon world. In the Rescue Team series, it's shown that travel between the human world and the world of Pokemon is possible, and the Explorers series implied that humans existed in that world, and could apparently communicate with Pokemon. When he was still pretty young (like around the age when you see him in BW's opening scene) N wandered off from... wherever, and inadvertently found a portal to the human world. He crossed through and ended up in Unova, was found by Ghetsis, and everything starts from there.
 
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- Pokémon are physically very strong creatures that endure a lot more than common animals and also have fast regeneration abilities. Fighting against each other in order to become stronger is an important goal for many Pokémon, may it be for being able to defend their territory, impressing possible partners or just for respect and their own pride.

- When it says that a Pokémon fainted, it didn't really faint in most cases; it just noticed that it would be too weak to continue fighting or fears that it could get seriously hurt if it continues to get hit by attacks, what leads to an instinct of "playing dead" kicking in. Wild Pokémon will usually flee as soon as possible, while caught Pokémon tend to return into their Poké Ball on their own and refuse to leave it until they feel better or are about to get healed.
However, a Pokémon is of course able to continue to fight until it dies, but like humans they would only do that in extremely threatening situations.

- The protagonists aren't ten years old.

- When one places a Pokémon in the PC, it is sent to a huge wildlife sanctuary or Pokémon Farm where it is are looked after.

- If a Pokémon is a Shiny, the chances of its descendants being shiny are much higher than usual as well (like it was in Gen II if I'm not mistaken ... duh.)
 
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- When it says that a Pokémon fainted, it didn't really faint in most cases; it just noticed that it would be too weak to continue fighting or fears that it could get seriously hurt if it continues to get hit by attacks, what leads to an instinct of "playing dead" kicking in. Wild Pokémon will usually flee as soon as possible, while caught Pokémon tend to return into their Poké Ball on their own and refuse to leave it until they feel better or are about to get healed.
However, a Pokémon is of course able to continue to fight until it dies, but like humans they would only do that in extremely threatening situations.
In Pokemon Platinum, I battled this dude who wanted to destroy the universe. Some of my Pokemon fainted.. Does that mean destroying the world is not considered as extremely threatening or are my Pokemon just lazy? :)
 
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- When it says that a Pokémon fainted, it didn't really faint in most cases; it just noticed that it would be too weak to continue fighting or fears that it could get seriously hurt if it continues to get hit by attacks, what leads to an instinct of "playing dead" kicking in. Wild Pokémon will usually flee as soon as possible, while caught Pokémon tend to return into their Poké Ball on their own and refuse to leave it until they feel better or are about to get healed.
However, a Pokémon is of course able to continue to fight until it dies, but like humans they would only do that in extremely threatening situations.
In Pokemon Platinum, I battled this dude who wanted to destroy the universe. Some of my Pokemon fainted.. Does that mean destroying the world is not considered as extremely threatening or are my Pokemon just lazy? :)
Maybe they actually fainted or were seriously injured this time? It's all about headcanons here, so it's up to you to imagine how the battle went I guess.

Another headcanon of mine would be that some Pokémon can evolve automatically when they become older, especially the ones that are considered weak. Maybe that could have something to do with gaining experience from everyday situations in the wild, in order to not stray too afar from the basic mechanics of the games.
 
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All versions of Mewtwo catchable in the games are the same Mewtwo. Red either did not catch Mewtwo (depends on your save file in RBY and FRLG), or released Mewtwo after catching him. (Hence why Red does not have Mewtwo in his party in HGSS.) The Ethan/Lyra (HGSS)/Kris (GSC) comes around and also either released Mewtwo after catching, or did not catch Mewtwo in the first place, just like Red. Mewtwo sought for to further isolate itself, and flew/teleported to Kalos. Then Calem/Serena appears and...

Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres are not unique to Kanto - they fly everywhere in the Pokémon world and is considered to be a universal legendary Pokémon. While it has been unverified, it is speculated that they can breed - hence why they were around in the Kalos games.

Ho-Oh, Lugia, Entei, Suicune, and Raikou are the real region-specific legendaries for both Kanto and Johto.

A cross-version headcanon (involving both the anime and the game; which may be officially canon): Both Pokémon XY games, and the anime feature Lucario as a special Pokémon, with its own traditions and its own stories/myths/legends. Lucario itself is a Pokémon that few can win against, and even fewer can train. Korrina and her family is one of the chosen ones, with Sir Aaron the other. Korrina is particularly special as she trains a Mega-Lucario, induced by the Mega stone that can only be found in Poke-Europe, and even then, very rarely nowadays. It is to be very powerful that, to this day, only Korrina and her ancestors could master. The game interprets this by Smogon uber-tiering/ban-listing Mega-Lucario. The anime interprets this as, well, what happens in XY030 with Ash's Pikachu vs Korrina's Mega-Lucario.

In addition to adopting Team Gaara's headcanons:
- Johto is also home to Nintendo Headquarters in suburban Goldenrod.
- Ecruteak-Goldernrod-Olivine forms Johto Metropolis.
- Cerulean-Celadon-Vermillion and the southern, eastern, and northern suburbs outside Safferon forms Kanto Metropolis. Safferon proper, however, is in a separate jurisdiction and is made to be the Pokémon equivalent of Canberra ACT/Washington DC.
- The trainer route between Celadon and Safferon is actually a sanctuary; Celadon and Safferon are actually right next to each other and essentially forms one big built-up area.
- Unova (and the rest of the United States) started to become more and more flashy with the arrival of the Jazz Age in the 1920s. It temporarily took a back seat during the 1930s Great Depression, became progressive again in the 1940s during the war against Poke-Japan, traditional in the 50s, and never looked back from the 1960s.

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World War 2 for Poke-Japan was much less popular than in real-life. While it had its Imperialist supporters in Kanto and particularly in parts of Johto, the demographics were mixed at best. Hoenn, Shinnoh, and Goldenrod City were not happy of the strong central government in Kanto, and the former was particularly not happy with their favourite Pokémon being conscripted for the western front against Poke-China. Goldenrod, Olivine, and Vermillion Cities also did not like the anti-cosmopolitan nature of the then Japanese government. The fairly conformist society, the high political power of both Ecruteak and Saffron Cities, and the militarist-totalitarian regime kept things down for most of the 1930s, and the 2nd Sino-Japanese War developed as more or less as with actual history.

After Japan lost to the US during the Battle of Midway (June 1942), however, people started to openly revolt. Firstly, cities in Hoenn started to hide their Pokémon, and sabotage the conscription attempts. Initially, the military responded by arrests and confiscations, but this led to more people joining in the sabotage, and the Japanese military ended up with human/Pokémon resources worse than what happened in real-life. This resulted in the firebombings of Japanese cities earlier than the reality version. The first firebombing started in Olivine and Goldenrod Cities in January 1943, much earlier than Kobe which was in February 1945. Saffron, Celadon, Vermillion, Goldenrod, Ecruteak, Rustboro, and Jubilife were bombed in the next 1-2 months.

Despite the media blackout, other regions started to find out, and Shinnoh joined in the sabotage. It also helped that by this time, there were some sympathetic people in the military who intentionally dragged their feet, or in the case of the regiments in Goldenrod and Olivine Cities, outright joined the rebels cause. Communists, socialists, pacifists, cosmopolitans, and people who were sick and tired of the war were encouraged by this turn of events, and started to revolt in Olivine and Goldenrod Cities in March 1943. An unlikely group of allies hailed from Ecruteak and Azalea from May 1943 - they were much against the progressive groups of Goldenrod and Olivine, but they started to fear that the war was going to destroy all that Ecruteak stood for. Despite infightings and backstabbings, they managed to take over most of Johto by December 1943, and the rebels from the three regions forged an alliance together, and sent a request for a peace treaty with the United States a month later, which was promptly accepted. The newly formed Free Japanese Forces joined on the allied side in February 1944.

Kanto, on the other hand, was not going to give up easily. Despite the overwhelming forces of the Allies, Kanto was able to hold it's borders for at least 3 months, due to: a) its domestic troops both being well-concentrated in strategic locations (such as near Mt Sliver), and also some of its overseas troops continuing fighting against the Allies and hindering their logistics. The first stalemate break came with revolting at Vermillion City in April 1944, which was promptly quashed. However, this ended up even more overseas troops being called back, ending up assisting the Allied Advance, which enabled sufficient forces to land at Pallet Town and Fuschia City in June. After that Viridian City fell in July, and a second revolt by Vermillion City resulted in Allied occupation in August. The Emperor, hearing this, decided to go against the military faction, and broadcasted the surrender message on 15 August 1944.

While there was no doubt many people died in this Pokémon version of WW2, the casualties differed greatly between regions. Most of Hoenn, Shinnoh emerged unscathed due to it's non-central location, and due to the regions being dominated by rebels. The rural areas of Johto also suffered much less damage than in real-life due to the early surrender. While Goldenrod (2,000 deaths) and Olivine (1,000 deaths) suffered more damage/casualties, it was markedly less than real-life Osaka (10,000 deaths) and Kobe (8,000 deaths). Kanto, on the other hand, suffered extensive damage, and possibly more than what was the case in real life. Celadon and Saffron in particular ended up being firebombed and ended up with 150,000 deaths overall.

This had a lasting repercussion after the war. Firstly, it prompted the transition from a dictatorship to a de facto democracy - one that had more to do with the initiatives of the Poke-Japanese people. Secondly, the Emperor abdicated in favour of his son. Thirdly, jurisdiction reforms were undertaken in Kanto, with the partition of Saffron City from the newly formed Kanto Metropolis, as a capital district. Fourthly, it resulted in a rift between Kanto and other regions, which lasted for decades. Only until the 1990s did the regional tensions started to die down, and even then there is a stigma attached to not being native-born in the region of residence.
 
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It sort of bothers me that criminals like Team Rocket take you on in a series of perfectly fair, one-on-one battles. So in my head, they're always on orders to waste as much time as possible - so Rocket, Galactic and Flare all battle you to distract you, not defeat you, and sending out two at a time would just end the battle sooner. Plasma, Aqua and Magma fight fair because their intentions are noble, they don't necessarily think they're above the law.
 
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My headcanons mostly concern legendaries:

* Zekrom and Reshiram, despite BST, are closer to demigods rather than legendary Pokemon.

* Entei and Raikou are extremely paranoid after being hunted down repeatedly in the past; this is why they retreat without a word when you encounter them. Suicune, due to being the fastest by taking advantage of the coast, became not nearly as scared.

* Every legendary can breed, just not in captivity, except for Arceus. This explains the abundance of particular legendary Pokemon, especially Mewtwo.

* The Unown are responsible for the creation and not Arceus; while Arceus did create everything else, Unown created Arceus. Unown are weak because they are not in legion; even 6 together would be incredibly pathetic. It would take thousands, millions, but due to extended excavations in the Ruins of Alph and the Solaceon Ruins, most have kept to slumber, perhaps for the best.

* Hilbert/Hilda decided to get jobs at the Dream Radar to afford tickets to fly from Mistralton to other regions. They can't use their dragon because they do not know where they are going and the dragons actually can't fly for extended periods of time. They chose to gift their captures to Nate, whom they knew was working against Plasma.
 
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