Also I should mention, that I have a perfect theory on how to prove that Isshu isn't in the US: the playable characters aren't obese!
Not gonna lie, this actually made me laugh haha.
I hate stereotypes. >.>
I'm a perfectly healthy American, and while I know our country is made up of some lazy fat*****es, generalization is demeaning in my eyes. I have yet to meet a single obese person. I've met people past the 200-Pound mark, but they were all adult men that regularly exercised. Aside from that, no one I've met has been even borderline obese.
He was joking, he didn't mean anything by it. Lighten up, it was intended to be funny. If you're not obese, why are you getting all defensive?
Anyway, so that Pokemon next to Iris. I can see a strong resemblance to the blue and red rock Pokemon. I doubt they're related, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were.