It was an nidce day it teh wolrd of Poke mon
peple wert catch pokeyman and do battles!
it wAS fun
but then all of the suddent, an ebil TEMA ROCKT appears ou t of no where!!
they tri to stel picachew but pikachu KILLS THEM ALL
Chapter 2: Aftermath
Maybe they deserved it, maybe they didn't. All I know is that Team Rocket is gone now.
The post-mortem analysis of the bodies showed the usual signs of electrocution. Whether an electric shock is fatal or not depends on the path the electricity takes through the body, passing through the brain or heart; the high voltage is just an added bonus, indicated by seared flesh and missing fingers.
In the world of Pokémon, we catch and train these monsters for battle and for entertainment. Certain precautions are generally put in place to avoid incidents like this. For instance, dangerous Pokémon like Pikachu are generally not given out as a starter for new trainers. Pokémon like Charmander may seem dangerous but accidents involving the fire on its tail happen less frequently than you'd expect, with the only major incidents of arson taking place in the Johto region.
Also, to Professor Oak's credit, Pikachu's vulnerability to powerful ground type attacks and generally low defenses classify it as a weaker Pokémon, and to Pikachu's credit, it killed out of self defense. To Team Rocket's credit, Pikachu is still considered a rare Pokémon; this does not justify their actions but perhaps provides a motivation behind the recklessness that led to their death. Perhaps they would sell it to a high-paying Pikachu fan, expecting praise from their boss, or maybe it was just a personal vendetta of sorts.
On a slightly related note, the age for trainers to start out on their journey has been raised. The local trainer schools are federally funded so everyone has an opportunity to learn, but then the kids do not receive necessary practical experience from battling. Parents and other enthusiasts have circumvented this rule by entering their kids in tournaments like the battle tree that are technically legal, so preschoolers end up battling with fully evolved Pokémon against champion-level competition. Frankly, it's a little absurd. Other consequences I believe have arisen as a result of that night are a little more serious in nature. Criminal gangs tend not to take any threat lightly any more, going full out against even a single Rattata; common grunts taught how to counter FEAR strategies; small gangs using FE (fully evolved mons) rather than NFE like Zubat. The list goes on, with even Team Magma and Aqua devising weather teams and specific counters to each other in order to capture the attention of the public and influence political/environmental matters.
The world of Pokémon is different now. Just fighting wild mons in a random forest to get stronger won't put you above the rest. You can use breeding to get mons with high individual values, or spend a shiny nickel for a shiny bottlecap to max out a single statistic. You can then go to specific
forests for specific mons to "SOS chain," whatever that means, or specific bounce houses, or eat specific lunches from the festival plaza to boost your effort values. All of this means you can then consider
competing with everyone else - yes, even the preschoolers.