Gym Leader

Career

Qualifications

Gym leaders must be caring trainers who not only treat their Pokémon well, but also know how to efficiently use them in battle. They must also demonstrate their proficiency in fighting with a single type, since it is an absolute exception that a gym leader is allowed to use more than one types. In fact, it has never happened in the Lesho Region so far.

Career Progression

To become a gym leader, one must first be living in a town with a gym. There, they have to be declared as the new gym leader by their predecessor. Additionally, The Pokémon League, which is the union of all gym leaders, the Elite Four and the Champion, must agree with this decision via simple majority vote. The Pokémon League also has the right to declare a new gym leader and replace an old one whenever they feel that it is needed.

Payment & Reimbursement

A gym leader is payed a fixed amount that is way more than enough for a living. Additionally, whenever a battle of a gym leader is telecasted, they get a bonus depending on the viewer count.

Other Benefits

Gym Leaders are usually highly respected. It is seen as an honor when a gym leader visits somebody. Additionally, they have unrestricted building rights within the city they are the gym leader in, including the right to forcefully buy any building for the estimated market value, as long as it is not currently inhabited as a living home.

Perception

Purpose

Gym leaders have two main jobs: Guiding and testing young trainers, and representing their city in the decisions of the Pokémon League.

Guidance and Test

A gym leader must make sure that the trainer that faces him is prepared for possible dangers to come. For this, they provide an upper barrier. No wild Pokémon that live in the surrounding area of a gym leader must be able to beat him. This way, when a trainer beats a gym leader, it is ensured that they can safely move on.

Representation

Since having the strongest Pokémon gives a person the executive power over a region, it must be made sure that every gym leader is strong enough to face any threat to the safety of the city with a maximum of two helping trainers from neighboring towns. Due to this executive responsibility of the Pokémon League in general, it is absolutely necessary that they answer to the government. For this to happen, every single gym leader must answer to the Pokémon League as a whole as well.

Demographics

Gym leaders are spread throughout all ages and equally over the genders, although there are more younger gym leaders than older ones. One can become a gym leader with the age of 14, and most gym leaders become leaders no later than by the age of 20, staying in this position until it becomes too stressful or they rank up in the Pokémon League, which is usually between the 30th and 40th year of age - although there are definitely older gym leaders around.

History

The Pokémon League was the Executive part of the government ever since Pokémon were first trained by humans and used in battle, which was about a century ago. And since the declaration of the Pokémon League, the function of gym leaders have stayed more or less the same, although their reputation has improved steadily.

Operations

Workplace

Every gym leader has their own gym. This can be any kind of building, as long as it is clearly marked from outside as a gym, and as long as it is strong enough to withstand the impacts that a Pokémon battle can have. Most gyms also have a designated arena, which is a place within the gym that is roughly rectangular and big enough for the entire battle to take place on it. Most gyms also are designed in a way that resembles either the leader's personality or the gym's typing.

Alternative Names
Leader
Demand
Exactly 8 region-wide, very low demand
Famous in the Field
Used by

FAQ

What if a gym leader becomes a problem?
Gym leaders are not bound to a strict system of rules. However, they are responsible for the safety and protection of people in their town. Since all towns are also observed by at least two neighboring towns, an inactive gym leader is not that big of a problem. A harmful gym leader, however, will be deprived of power by the Pokémon League, and a new gym leader will be declared by the Pokémon League. What "harmful" means is subjective and is decided via double majority vote by the League, with the suspect not being allowed to vote (8/12 votes needed). Gym Leaders (or any people really) that continue to be a threat to public safety, will be deprived of all their Pokémon and imprisoned.

What about retired gym leaders?
Retired Gym Leaders usually return to the job that they would have had if they were not declared a gym leader. But all former gym leaders also have an improved poverty protection, which means that if they fall below a certain income, they get this income paid by the League (which is not the government).


Articles under Gym Leader


Comments

Please Login in order to comment!
11 Dec, 2018 21:23

When it says 'One must be declared by the predecessor that one wants to lead', this sentence comes across as a bit confusing. Is it saying that the current gym leader selects a new leader if that new leader has stated an interest?

 

Do gym leaders have any kind of significant history with the Lesho Region?

 

Those questions aside, in the payment & reimbursement section, 'Payed' should be 'Paid'

11 Dec, 2018 22:07

Thank you for the feedback. One must indeed not specifically declare interest to be declared a gym leader. Do you have an idea how I could phrase that more clearly? Because I honestly don't know. About the history part: The Pokémon League was the Executive part of the government ever since Pokémon were first trained by humans and used in battle. And since the declaration of the Pokémon League, gym leaders have stayed more or less the same. This happened about one century ago. Let me add this to the article. Also, thanks for the typo correction, gonna change that too. ^^

11 Dec, 2018 22:27

Actually, now that I think about it, one should probably be living in the town that they become a gym leader in. Let me add that.

11 Dec, 2018 22:29

Something akin to this might work: 'New gym leaders are selected by their predecessors if they meet a select criteria. Part of this criteria includes not stating an interest in becoming a gym leader.'

11 Dec, 2018 22:37

This is not what I meant actually. '^^
I rephrased it when adding the location-restriction. I think it's better now.

To become a gym leader, one must first be living in a town with a gym. There, they have to be declared as the new gym leader by their predecessor.
This way, I get around the disclaimer that it must be the gym leader of the local gym who makes the declaration of their own successor.

11 Dec, 2018 23:00

Hmm, I like the layout for the most part, I would recommend maybe a blurb at the beginning, a quote or a mood piece to help show what Gym Leaders are like?

11 Dec, 2018 23:02

I might add something of that sort once I got all the gym leaders down. As you can see in the sidebar, I currently only have 2.

11 Dec, 2018 23:08

I like the article, never really gave gym leaders a thought. Just wondering, retiring at 40 is still really young, what happens with retired gym leaders? Do they get a pension?

12 Dec, 2018 10:28

Retired Gym Leaders usually return to the job that they would have had if they were not declared a gym leader. But all former gym leaders also have an improved poverty protection, which means that if they fall below a certain income, they get this income paid by the League (which is not the government). Lemme add this to the article as well. ^^

12 Dec, 2018 10:44

Ah, simce they usually start at such a young age it felt like they wouldnt have a "real" job since they probably had to train hard to be a gym leader. Plus, being out of a job for 20 years probably is no help either is what I figured ^^

12 Dec, 2018 11:01

By the age of 16, most people in the Lesho region already have a job in sight. And of course being out of job for 20 years can be hindering, but the fact that they keep living in their home town and usually are friends with whoever they first learned the job from help them immensely to get back. Not to mention the fact that many gym leaders already have a job that they can continue after giving up their position. The gym leader of Color City, Leader Emil, for example, also leads the Color City Care Center, and would just continue being a care taker if he was to give up his position.

12 Dec, 2018 03:56

Good article as always and very informative. I would suggest as far as formatting that their be a little more space between headers but I'm on mobile so that may not be an issue on comp. What are the qualifications for a leader to appoint you?

12 Dec, 2018 10:25

Besides being a strong trainer specialized in one type, the rest of the qualifications are very subjective and depend on the leader of your local gym. The former leader of the Color City Gym, for example, wanted someone who can also take care of the Color City Care Center, and looked for someone who was willing to take this double-responsibility, and who had experience in gardening, which alone narrowed down the number of options to one.
About the formatting: I am mostly using the template's fields, so this is just the usual layout. When WE is over, I might take another look at CSS and make my H2s and H3s more fitting.

12 Dec, 2018 12:49

Wooot that's reasonable lol

12 Dec, 2018 05:53

OMGOMGOMGOMG- POKEMON!   Okay, I got that out of my system for the moment now (ha!).   I love the Pokemon setting you're building up, and how you've put so much thought into the reasoning for and behind the why of gym leaders being a position of authority.   I wonder, what are the rules a gym leader must not violate, and what are the consequences? What happens to a town without a gym leader, and whose jurisdiction are they under?   You're doing awesome!

12 Dec, 2018 10:17


Q: Rules for a gym leader
A: Gym leaders are not bound to a strict system of rules. However, they are responsible for the safety and protection of people in their town. Since all towns are also observed by at least two neighboring towns, an inactive gym leader is not that big of a problem. A harmful gym leader, however, will be deprived of power by the Pokémon League, and a new gym leader will be declared by the Pokémon League. What "harmful" means is subjective and is decided via double majority vote by the League, with the suspect not being allowed to vote (8/12 votes needed). Gym Leaders (or any people really) that continue to be a threat to public safety, will be deprived of all their Pokémon and imprisoned. I will add this paragraph to the article.
Q: Towns without a gym? Towns without a gym are under the protection of neighboring towns. If a town wants to get a gym when it does not have one currently, they must convince another gym leader of the region to give up their spot to the other town. This has not successfully happened so far, although the citizens of Sunset Hills have tried so once.

13 Dec, 2018 10:39

So, I was under the impression that normal Gym Leaders were able to be challenged and it was almost meritocratic in that nature? However here, it is definitely not. Not sure if I misunderstood the little I know about Pokemon or not. XD   The vote to remove them should probably be "Super Majority" e.g. 1.5* half. Or ~3/4ths. Just to standardize wording.   The history could probably touch on the first gym leaders and why they were made such an integral part of politics!   Overall, this is a pretty cool article that touches on a lot of the world at once. Gives a good feel for the entirety. Thanks for sharing!

13 Dec, 2018 10:53

The majorities that I used (double majority and simple majority) are the terms that I know from Germany. "Double" in this sense means that the pro-side has double the votes as the contra-side. And it is not uniform because forcing a gym leader out of their position is a more drastic act than allowing someone into that position. I've also never heard of "Super Majority" before.

I might add some history later, but for now I want to focus on the now, and the tl;dr is: Gym leaders had to be made the executive of the country because the power of Pokémon was too easy to abuse and that needed to be controlled immediately.

The canon Pokémon universe might be a little meritocratic, but the canon Pokémon world also has no politics whatsoever, so I definitely needed to go against that idea at least a little bit.

13 Dec, 2018 10:53

P.S.: If you liked it, you might wanna consider leaving a like? ;)