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Posted: Oct 3 2014, 09:53 AM
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Holographic focuses on the Pacific League and the nine states that make up that particular subsection of America. These also represent the user groups, including ‘transient’ for mobile characters like trainers. The states vary by culture and laws, each with its own particular vibe. We suggest reading over each in order to find which may fit your character best. And remember, laws were made to be broken. ...But sometimes there's also jail time for doing that.
National laws: Individuals must be 18 years old to possess Pokemon. Upon reaching 18, all trainers are issued a single Pokemon by their state government. A GED is required for anyone who wishes to enroll as a Pokemon trainer. Mewtwo, Wailord, Regigigas, Registeel, Golurk, Mr. Mime, and Jynx are all banned from the United States. Visitors to the country are allowed only a single Pokemon. Individuals without a social security number will have any owned Pokemon confiscated upon discovery.
Trainers are legally permitted to have a maximum of 6 pokemon on their person at a time. This includes service pokemon, battle pokemon, etc. Only 1 Legendary or Mega Pokemon is allowed to travel with a person at any given time.
Perhaps the last state in the United States to unabashedly celebrate the Pokemon trainer, Arizona is a haven for tourists and dreaming youngster Joeys alike. Over the last several decades the state has flourished as the mecha for all things trainer-oriented. The young flock to it hoping to prepare to the beginning of their Pokemon quest and the old routinely travel back in hopes of revisiting their trainer roots.
No Pokemon above 10’0” or over 200 pounds allowed on public streets in major cities. Battles prohibited in city limits unless in an arena. Dragon Pokemon not allowed within major cities. No Pokemon allowed in government facilities or sports centers. Unofficial Pokemon racing will result in a confiscation of Pokemon being raced.
Once popular for its exploitation of Pokemon, recent laws have shifted the surface of Nevada into a compliant and peaceful state. This is all an illusion as masterful as any magician in Las Vegas could manage. Nowadays Nevada is a hotbed of illegal activity when it comes to Pokemon, from smuggling to breeding, prostitution to illegal battles. Whatever any devious heart may want, they can find it beneath Nevada’s soil – sometimes almost literally.
Any and all humanoid Pokemon are banned. No psychic Pokemon allowed within casinos unless owned and employed by staff. No Pokemon above 6’0” on public streets in cities. No Pokemon in public buildings. Ground type Pokemon trainers must have registered permits. No Pokemon outside of Pokeballs in Las Vegas unless part of an exhibit or show. Battling prohibited only in specific arenas.
One of the few states to go untarnished by the harsh laws implemented over the last few decades, Utah remains traditional and stuck to the old ways. Very few regulations are in place to limit Pokemon and human interaction. The only issue is the major subculture, which encourages trainers to view Pokemon as unintelligent animals.
No limitation of Pokemon carried. Fire Pokemon must be kept within city limits during drought season. Pokemon of any kind are not allowed in or around temple grounds. No Pokemon allowed near major government institutions.
While Idaho views Pokemon principally as beasts of burden and products of agriculture, their recognition of Pokemon’s abilities and contributions to society transcend that of any state. Because they have always been utilized for work a lively subculture began to evolve. Within Idaho Pokemon are able to be legally employed (albeit through their trainer). Several establishments within Idaho are almost exclusively Pokemon-run, a novelty in many other states but a common practice here.
Pokemon must be over 5 years old and pass a personality test before being considered employable. No Pokemon above 10’0” or over 200 pounds allowed on public streets in major cities.
The first state to ban Pokemon being used within factories and business, Washington has since made it a point to view Pokemon as self-aware. Thus the state no longer justifies the use of Pokemon for human gain, preferring instead to let them live their lives as companion creatures. Nowadays Washington specializes in the research for Pokemon, particularly in ways to improve their life quality with humans. Trainers, while allowed, are readily looked down upon by the locals.
No Pokemon above 10’0” or over 200 pounds allowed on main streets in major cities. Any Pokemon being forced to comply with owner demands unwillingly will be confiscated and protected by the state.
A final frontier in itself, Alaska still requires Pokemon for one of their original purposes: protection. The continent is home to many of the most dangerous Pokemon in America, resulting in a very complex – and hazardous - interaction between human and wild. In this state Pokemon are appreciated for the safety they guarantee, fully embraced and celebrated by the populace within. They are particularly appreciated by local scientists who still uncover daily discoveries beneath the ice and sea.
At least two Pokemon are required to guard major buildings at all times. Schools will have a protective Pokemon assigned at all times. Homes legally obligated to own at least one Pokemon. Children under the age of 18 will be issued a Pokemon guard when leaving city limits.
Perchance the most liberal when it comes to Pokemon, ten years ago Oregon banned keeping Pokemon within Pokeballs to encourage their fair treatment. Since then the state has developed oddly, offering a lifestyle with many quirks. While Pokemon have their many freedoms the state often finds it hard to control them as a whole. The Pokemon themselves have seemed to have taken their freedoms further, as if they are aware of the legal protections set in place just for them.
Pokemon must be out of their Pokeballs at all times. Trainers unable to control all Pokemon will be asked to leave state boundaries. Trainers banned from many local events.
Sunny California is home to the most well-pampered Pokemon in the United States. Treated more like dolls than individual beings, the Pokemon of California still find themselves well taken care of. The state has greatly encouraged contests in place of battling, finding the showing off of Pokemon easier to stomach than duking it out. As the preference for aesthetic arose over power, so did the regulations come into place that set the state apart. Pokemon abuse here is treated akin to murder.
Ground Pokemon regulated. No Pokemon above 5’0” or over 90 pounds allowed on public streets in major cities. No electric, psychic, rock, or ground Pokemon allowed inside public buildings. Pokemon in Pokeparks must be supervised at all times.
After becoming the 50th state, Hawaii was quickly made the home of the Elite 4 of the entire nation by the United States government. Seen as a regal way to end the Pokemon journey the state became the biggest tourist attraction in the union. As the years passed the locals grew tired of the amount tourists – seeing as how the local Pokemon populations plummeted from the increase of ‘catching them all’, it’s easy to understand why. Residents have many freedoms with their Pokemon, but travelers will find themselves very limited.
Tourists cannot have Pokemon out in major cities. Tourists allowed only three Pokeballs while in the state. Households are expected to have at least one water Pokemon.
Not all characters in this world as so stationary as to belong to a state. Roaming researchers, trainers, and chronic Pokemon catchers belong to this category – roaming the whole of the Pacific League in search of some sort of glory.
Travelers must respect all laws pertaining to states ventured into.
Posted: Aug 21 2015, 06:08 PM
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Here on Holographic, Trainers can join at any point in their journey. Because of this, we wanted it make it easy for members or update their gathered badges. Links to the images needed are listed below and in order.
Traditionally, trainers follow the eight gym pathway, starting from Arizona and ending in Hawaii, so keep that in mind. Former trainers may have their old badges, gym leaders and the Elite 4 will have all.
Occasionally unregistered trainers (aka, general citizens) will challenge gyms of their state or states that they're passing through in order to receive a badge. In these cases, badges are given out but names are not submitted to the official registry. The badge will simply act as a symbol that they triumphed over the leader.