The World Today

Agriculture and Livestock
Much of Kanto relies on standard crops for sustenance. Wheat, corn, and other such crops. Very few farms go through the trouble of raising living livestock. Wild Pokemon find them easy prey and it takes a significant force to defend any significant amount of livestock, making it hard for small farmers. Hunting is rare, as most Wild Pokemon are too strong to be hunted. Water Types are prized on farms for their ability to aid in irrigation, but are quite rare among poor farmers. Most food comes from the Vale, specifically Viridian City. East of Mount Moon, a large amount of food is fish, gathered from shallow seas. Celadon City also has considerable farming capabilities. Few farmers can afford to raise Pokemon; the process of taming is too risky and time-intensive while lombatamization is extremely expensive.

In recent years, Silph Co. has developed a specific type of grain that has enzymes that react negatively with Rattata. Due to this, Rattata are quickly poisoned when eating grains. This has led to increased safety and allowed farmers to expand their fields. With the number one threat to their crops negated, they can farm more and in more safety. Farmers are still among the strongest trainers in Kanto as their job is likely the most dangerous, but advances in the last decade have helped them greatly.

The Kanto calender is exactly 365 days long. It is divided into four major months; Moltres, Zapdos, Articuno, and Cybele. The first three are named for ancient gods, the final named for old pagan festivals, a large amount of religion for such a religion-deprived area. Each month is 90 days long, with the final five days remaining at the end of the year being occupied with the Kantoan New Year. While it once was a celebration of rebirth and new life, in recent years it has become more of a celebration of simply surviving another year.

Moltres, the Month of Sun, occurs when the southern winds finally defeat the northern winds. The month of Moltres tends to bring large amounts of sun. Coastal areas tend to get the worst of it, while northern cities rarely receive droughts due to mitigating northern winds. Along the coast though, droughts are quite common. Forest fires start occasionally. Fire Type Pokemon are especially violent during this month, the sun making their attacks heavily. Farmers curse Moltres's name.


Zapdos, the Month of Storms, follows Articuno. As hot southern winds begin to blow up, they collide with the frigid northern winds. This creates massive storms systems. Thunderstorms are quite common this time of year, with at least one happening most weeks. Floods are common in coastal areas as the snow melts. The thunderstorms of this time are truly magnificent. With the recent invention of the lightning rod storms aren't as dangerous are previously. In fact, these storms tend to damage Wild Pokemon more than cities. It only gets colder as Articuno is ushered in.

Articuno, the Month of Ice, is frigid and freezing (befitting its name) as cold northern winds blanket the region. Much of the world becomes blanketed in snow, and most mountain passes become almost impassable. Even the Great Lakes of Cerulean City get ice coverings this time of year. This time of year is particularly dangerous as the weather becomes almost as dangerous as the beasts that roam. Many Pokemon shed, adapting white coats for the winter.

Finally comes Cybelle, the Month of Growth. Once again the northern and southern winds collide, but gently, not with the force that creates the massive thunderstorms of Zapdos. The snow melts, creating water for crops. It creates calm sunlight throughout the region as well as light showers of rain. The month seems to make the whole region grow better, with crops growing faster than normal. This month tends to be the favorite of trainers and civilians alike.

There are very few holidays in Kanto. The Kantoan New Year, a five-day celebration, is by far the longest, occurring at the end of the year. It celebrates both surviving for another year as well as rebirth and renewal of the cycle. Gifts, festivals, and parades are all common. For a few short days, people tend to forget the hardships of the world. Harvest Day is the 87nd of Cybelle, a day where farmers begin harvests. When they finish just in time for the New Year, they tend to party hard.. There is a small holiday on Zapdos 33rd, called Lavender Day, that celebrates the passing of the great Lavender Empire. Finally, there is the Pokemon League Championship, which takes place Cybelle 4th to Cybelle 7th. While for the past few years it has been closed, the reopening of the Championship promises to make this a great time of year. The rich from all over the region travel to Indigo to watch, and newspapers around the region sell like mad.

Even before Lance's coup, education was a small matter in Kanto. Public education is nonexistant anywhere except Celadon City. There they do have a schooling system accessible to all for no cost. Other parts of the region, however, rely entirely on private tutors. These tutors rarely delve into deep sciences, instead preferring to teach more practical knowledge to their young students. This knowledge is most commonly involving Pokemon; what tactics work well against certain species, how to train better, ways to command. These elite few perpetuate the class system that Pokemon themselves create. The rich are taught in their use, making it easier for them to succeed as trainers and acquire wealth. The poor are forced to learn these skills for themselves.

Most trainers in the region are able to learn to read and write, either from their parents or through limited tutoring. The average person in Kanto is quite stupid by our standards, although it depends on the city. Areas with large labs will often take interns, making it possible for the poor to learn as well. Basic math, literacy, and maybe a small amount of science are all that an trainer can reasonably expect from education.

For those that aren't in a lab town or rich enough to afford a tutor, there are still options. Most cities have a public library, however small, that can allow for some self-teaching. These libraries are especially popular among those that are too poor to afford their own books or tutor. Gyms also often provide a sort of "Pokemon 101" class that teaches trainers in the basics of Pokemon care and combat.

Kantoan as an official language is a conglomeration of many other languages. It descends most clearly from the language of the ancient Lavender Empire, albeit with mixes of many native tribes languages mixed in as slang. Fushcian, Saffron, and Pewter are all old languages, although they are slowly becoming less and less known.

As for common expressions, "void it" is a common expression to basically mean "To hell with it." "Muk" is the Kantoan version of fuck, and is rarely used in polite conversation. Many common expressions involve metaphorically reffering to a Pokemon, such as "savage as a Rattata," "smart as an Alakazam," or "big as a Snorlax." Some avoid these expressions though; many have lost loved ones to these vicious creatures and not everybody actually understands these references.

Pokemon Trainers
While some question whether Pokemon Trainers are incredibly brave or incredibly foolish, none can question their valor. While it is not uncommon for a standard citizen to own a single Pokemon, a Pokemon Trainer roams the region, usually with a powerful team at his side. These select few are prized throughout the region for their power and strength. Very few people are actually able to become a Pokemon Trainer; keeping one Pokemon under control is tough, but six? That takes a special sort of person. Being a Pokemon Trainer isn't any sort of formal position, just a sort of public service one is expected to maintain.


One is officially a "Pokemon Trainer" according to the Pokemon League when they own at least three Pokemon. Whether or not they are loyal isn't a huge deal, although a Pokemon Trainer without control over his Pokemon is not well liked. To take part in League battles and such a Trainer must have acquired at least three separate Pokemon. While they do not have to be different species, they cannot be the same Pokemon.

Pokemon Trainers are expected how to act as a sort of militia to defend against wild Pokemon. This duty is upheld by most; protection of towns is essential to the survival of the region as a whole, and there rarely are enough guards to defend every square inch of the city. While many fear Trainers, their benefits outweigh their potential risks.

There are legends of exceptionally skilled Pokemon Trainers, dubbed "Savants." These Trainers seem to have an empathetic link with the Pokemon themselves. Something that could allow them to control Pokemon that others cannot. Train them faster. Allow them to communicate in a way few others could. While it doesn't really manifest itself in any physical ways, these Trainers often rise to power quickly. Most disregard it as a rumor, although many do agree that genetics have to do with Pokemon training.

Travel is a rare occurrence in Kanto. With how dangerous Wild Pokemon are and the number of hostile humans in the wilderness, very few people will risk travel. "Commuting" is nonexistant. Most of the time, for long distance travel, groups of people will collect together in groups, usually with a merchant caravan, following the old "safety in numbers" adage. While this helps, losses are almost guaranteed when traveling. Those that are skilled enough ride powerful Flying Pokemon, making travel far safer. Unfortunately, few outside the handful of skilled Trainers are capable of using this form of travel. Travel by sea is barely ever utilized; the list of Water Pokemon that can sink a boat single-handedly is somewhat terrifying.

Kanto is definitely subject to class distinction. Much of the region's wealth is held by a few; 30% of the total wealth in the region is held just by those that live on the Indigo Plateau. Much of the region lives a day-to-day existence, just making enough to put food on the table. Food and other such commodities have been going up in recent years, putting a pinch on much of the population. Some have even turned to hunting to attempt to put food on the table.

Gyms serve a multitude of functions. The Gym Leader acts as the political leader of the city. While appointed by Lance, Gym Leaders have almost complete autonomy, and only a handful are truly loyal to Lance. Gyms also serve as the main military force of any city, defending them vehemently from any Pokemon attacks. While often not as efficient as the local police force in dealing with crime, Gyms often help in that regard as well. Many of the Gyms also are a small part in industry; the Pewter Gym, for example, runs its own mining corporation. Gyms are the lifeblood of a town and keep them running.

However, Gyms serve a much more important purpose than simply political leadership. Gyms act as an area that Pokemon Trainers can hone their skills, make their teams more powerful. They also help keep Trainers busy and involved. Now that the Pokemon League is back open, they also serve as a test for Trainers. As they attempt to hone their skills and prepare for the eventual Championship, Gym Badges act as a sign of achievement, helping to show that a trainer is indeed worthy to battle in the Tournament.

The Gym Leader of every town is an unrivaled Trainer. While they are all capable of running the city, that duty is often delegated, at least in part, to subordinates. Gym Leaders focus their efforts on increasing the strength of their own Pokemon as well as their Gym; each is a small nation, prepared for war and Pokemon alike. Currently Saffron City possess the strongest Gym by quite a margin, although Vermillion City's Gym is slowly becoming more and more powerful.

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