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Folks, I'm back and just finished the projects I was working
on, so I decided to participate in the next segment of the ongoing WGWC project
I love - quite dearly, in fact - to show my own personal support. The
challenge: write about an imaginary world I'd like to live in, from any medium,
and simply elaborate on why I consider it to be so special. Me being the
activist and all, I chose a world that is wracked with incredible injustices; this world is twisted, disturbing, and dangerous. It's also one with the abuse and wanton subjugation of sentient beings that are then used
for violent competitions by people obsessed with collecting them for their own
That's right, the world of Pokémon.
People probably think I'm joking, but I'm dead serious.
Don't buy into the cutesy propaganda of the anime show with
the heroic protagonist that shows kindness and mercy to the Pokémon he catches,
or the depictions of the nefarious terrorist group known as Team Rocket as
inept, for the world couldn't be any different. Ash Ketchum - see the name and
its subliminal message? - is hardly an example of the average "Pokémon trainer,"
as the diabolical practice is called, and is far from realistic; clearly an
imaginary figure used by Team Rocket and its many offshoots to mask the harsh
reality of the world from outsiders and desensitize them to their horrid
practices. I was drawn in to the allure of poaching Pokémon and training them
myself, but my conscience eventually settled upon me as I witnessed the
negative societal effects. Let's consider my initial discovery: Team Rocket's
desire to induce the behavior of "Pokémon training" in the minds of the
children exposed as a form of mind control.
The process of "training" is older than you think, and
actually has its blueprints in earlier projects Team Rocket explored, and I'd
learn this after hacking their network via PC's in a local Pokémon Center. Team
Rocket's previous attempts were barely successful, because they either had no
lasting hold on the psyche of their victims or were unable to expand their
sample base efficiently enough. One of the first attempts I discovered when I
investigated this practice were a couple of files labeled "Operation Tensei"
and "Operation Heavenly Bride", yet these attempts were aimed at a demographic
too limited for their corruptive influences to maintain more than a superficial
A closer examination - along with valuable information
gleaned from their previous experiments - led to two simultaneous successes,
named "Operation Tomagotchi" and the ultimate realization of their plans: "Operation
Pokédex". The latter is a project that has slowly destroyed the minds of
millions of children and permanently scarred them for life, turning them into adult
gambling addicts obsessing over every fad of collectible resources possible.
Worse however, is that the introduction of "training" has also led to
increasingly abusive behavior and the virtual enslavement of Pokémon in a
totalitarian system where they are used for sport in gladiatorial displays.
Before the advent of Team Rocket, humans lived in absolute
harmony with Pokémon and respected them as equals. Yet, the corruptive
influence of human nature led to greed and caused the near-eradication of
several rare and powerful species of Pokémon, euphemistically referred to now
as "legendary Pokémon" and only spoken of in legends. Those which survived this horrible disaster eventually
became hostile and extremely territorial, which is why areas with tall grass,
caves, and even the ocean are unsafe for travel alone.
Instead of trying to improve human relations with Pokémon,
Team Rocket brainwashed humanity and have led them to believe that the only way
to relate with Pokémon was through their capture and forced training for their
own selfish desires. An incredibly unethical advance in technology geared
precisely toward their capture and genetic alteration developed. This also
caused the establishment of gyms where Pokémon trainers hone their skills in
the barbaric practice by learning to control specific types of Pokémon in a
desperate urge to satisfy their desire to "catch 'em all". The amount of money
Team Rocket has made by profiting off of this social phenomenon - through their front organization known as Nintendo - is daunting.
Don't allow the sanitized images of Pokémon battles fool you
either. Pokémon routinely experience large amounts of physical and
psychological injury whenever they're fighting other Pokémon; just take horrible
third degree burns that small grass Pokémon like Oddish are subjected to when
pitted against fire Pokémon. In one battle, I witnessed the poor creature screaming
"Oddish!" in pain as it was scorched alive by a powerful Fire Blast attack. I
then watched in horror as its body became limp and slipped into a coma - "fainting"
is what they call this - while the other trainer cheered and took the money he'd
earned in his bet against the other trainer. This even caused the defeated
trainer to enter a state of extreme emotional trauma and faint as well. If you
think this is bad, you should see the Pokémon who are frozen, the others
tortured by the invasive mental powers of Psychic Pokémon, or even those
deliberately poisoned. The invention of special measures that "heal" Pokémon
has otherwise masked the long-term negative effects of this practice.
When initially caught, Pokémon retain their core sense of
identity, resisting the desire to assimilate with their trainer, although they
are still mostly obedient. As time and years of "training" take their toll on
them, they soon feel, in spite of all the pain and mundane tasks they are
subjected to, that they are loved and cherished by their trainer, and are more
than willing to serve them. I once saw a Pidgeot struggling to carry a three
hundred pound man as he forced it to "fly" him to a town several miles away, in
fact. Some Pokémon become so attached through this process that they even
evolve into higher forms, a clear testament to the disturbing mind control
powers Team Rocket has instilled through their nefarious process.
Due to Team Rocket's influence, the negligence of trainers
toward their Pokémon has also led to an increase in deviance and poor social
skills. Mobs of Pokémon trainers now ambush others while they stroll through
the many roads outside the big cities, especially Hoenn, where multiple trainers
are known to attack the random passerby at once. Sometimes they even steal Pokémon after
trading weaker ones in an attempt to assemble the perfect winning team for
either Pokémon battles against the Elite Four or shallow contests.
The social hierarchy created by the pursuit of Pokémon
training has also fostered the overuse of supplements that alter the natural
physiology of tons of innocent Pokémon, such as Carbos, Hp Up, and PP Up in
addition to enhanced vitamin supplements like Calcium. The Rare candy, a
hormonal performance enhancement agent that dramatically affects Pokémon, has
yet to be outlawed despite its relatively limited effectiveness and unforeseen side
Another fascination with improving Pokémon performance is
the forced evolution of Pokémon which has led to a high demand for Eevees and
other Pokémon affected by the radioactive stones found in nature. These cause
mutations that permanently change these Pokémon against their will. But Team
Rocket's worst sins are probably the least anticipated.
Global Warming has rapidly developed due to the excessive
use of Weezing and similar poison Pokémon; invasive species of Pokémon have
tipped the balance of the ecosystem in certain regions, which has caused
massive changes in landscape - especially the demolishing of natural rock
formations. The continual discovery of new Pokémon has also contributed to an
international craze that can't be sated, and the over-consumption of resources
has led to a dramatic increase in the fishing of Magikarp vital to the marine
food chain, and even the brutal mutilation of other Pokémon for absurd
delicacies, such as Slowpoke tails. However, in my investigations of the
corruption within the world of Pokémon, the horrible secret behind starter Pokémon kept by
the very Professors we trust was the last straw, and I had to act.
I founded Adults against The Exploitation of Pokémon (ATEP),
a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating the world's evils and
teaching the masses of delusional trainers that Pokémon are living, intelligent
beings too, and deserve to be treated better than mere collectible pets for
mass corporations to take advantage of, even most people, now that I think
about it. Yet, I'm aware that such an endeavor requires an equally grandiose
reprogramming of the mind control and addictive behavior instilled into the
minds of those exposed to the abomination that is Pokémon "training".
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even deal with it myself at times, tempted to splurge thousands of Pokémon
dollars on Ultra balls, Hyper Potions, and Revives so that I can spend hours
grinding away with my Pokémon, battling legions of feral Pokémon and other trainers
to make them stronger. However, as I finally grew close to my Poké partners and
saw them as more than objects, I gained a deeper appreciation of them and have
finally managed to live with them in a complete equilibrium, liberating other
abused and mistreated Pokémon from their unfit trainers while educating others
about the horrible plans of Team Rocket.
I can't do this alone, however. The world of Pokémon spans
several wondrous regions, from Kanto to Sinnoh, each filled with unique Pokémon
and diverse cultures. There are also many endangered Pokémon who've thrived in
the world longer than we can imagine that need to be protected, and I need your
help to accomplish this, either by volunteering or through contributing
financially. For just the price of a Potion a month, I and my ATEP colleagues -
mainly Nurse Joys, Chanseys, and Audinos who work tirelessly to rehabilitate
injured Pokémon - can save a Pokémon from a life trapped inside the pokéball of
another inconsiderate trainer by storing them safely within a Poké Center until
they're ready to be freed, or we can give their trainers the proper therapy
they need to overcome their addiction so that it doesn't become a lifelong illness.
We'll even send you a picture of the Pokémon you're helping, as well as a
testimonial from their trainer!
Every five minutes, a Pikachu cries as it's forced to
Thunderbolt everything its trainer sees. Every ten minutes, a Ditto is
abandoned due to trainers angry that it wasn't a real Mew, and for every second
you spend reading this blog, a Magikarp will splash helplessly on a dinner plate
at least ten times before it gets a chance to evolve into Gyrados. I can only shudder at the misfortune of the Pokémon who
will have to endure a Hyper Beam from a demented Dragonite, which is probably
happening right now. There are many problems that need to be fixed, and unless
we work together, nothing will change. Yet, the world of Pokemon remains a
wonderful place I will always love and fight for, flaws and all.