In the 19th century in the United Kingdom, a major revolution was about to change everything for pretty much everybody, except maybe that one village idiot in Trentshire-on-Melvin. This would be come to known as the Industrial Revolution, or iRev for short. Major changes were on the horizon in agriculture, manufacturing and even Pokemon.
The introduction of steam power led to a startling rise in machine-based manufacturing–the cotton gin, the spinning jenny, and the castrating linda all led to the loss of millions of fingers annually, but a huge rise in the standard of living for millions of people worldwide. There were also unbelievable leaps in transporting goods to market including the steamship, the steam locomotive and the coal-powered pogo stick.
All of these advances came at a price–major cities like London were inundated with smog, water pollution and small, waifish children saying, “Please sir, may I have some more?” Working conditions were unsafe for millions of workers. Iron was often smelted over deep, deep pool filled with piranha and man-eating giant octopi, while steel mills randomly dropped poisonous rattlesnakes and black widow spiders on their workers, just for fun.