The War on Team Rocket was an armed conflict between Team Rocket & the United Regions Army. The war went from 1979 to 2001.
Team Rocket began life as a rocketry division of the United States of America in 1927. Then, in 1970, the division broke off from the USA & became it's own orginization. Giovanni Von Braun, son of Wernher Von Braun, was leader of the corporation. In 1974, Team Rocket officially announced it's intention to drive the world's Pokemon population extinct for reasons still unknown as of June 2011. On April 1st, 1976, Team Rocket was reported to have been stocking up on old Nazi war machines by the New York Times & the London Times. It was initially thought to be an April Fool's Joke, however, Giovanni confirmed that the reports were true, threatening massive destruction on Kanto Island unless the ban on Pokemon poaching was lifted. 4 islands, Kanto, Johto, Hoenn & Sinnoh, all located in the California Strate, banded together to form the United Regions, a branch of the United Nations. On March 22nd, 1978, Team Rocket set off several bombs in Baghdad, Iraq. Enough was enough. Several days later, The UR formed a military branch whose aim was to wipe out the new terrorist threat known as Team Rocket.
Kanto Conflict, 1978-1980
On December 25th, Team Rocket attacked Vermillion City, Kanto, killing half of the city's population & destroying the iconic cantilever bridge. The UR retaliated on New Year's Day 1978 with a series of aerial bombings on strategic positions. Throughout the year, Team Rocket attempted to enter Cerulean City, but was repeatedly defeated by overwhelming tank firepower. Unwilling to admit defeat, Team Rocket stole several SCUD Missiles from the Soviet Union. With warheads laced with black powder, they deployed their first Weapon of Mass Destruction against Petalburg City, Hoenn at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, 1980. The United Regions was highly angered by the attack & began the search for Giovanni, hoping to bring him to justice.
On Easter Sunday, 1980, Team Rocket mercilessly attacked Pallet Town, Kanto. Professor Oak was taken prisoner. Several days later, the force occupying Pallet was pushed out by the UR. Oak was successfully freed & Pallet was liberated. Team Rocket attempted to get back into Pallet, but were pushed back.
By the end of July 1980, Team Rocket HQ had relocated to Goldenrod City, Johto.
TO BE CONTINUED...