could unova be a place that no longer exists then? Lt. Surge mentioned a war, if this is a prequel where did all the old evolutions go?
War. Surge fought in as a soldier on the ground, was the only one to survive out of his troop, lots of pokemon made extinct, dedicates the rest of his life to being a Pokemon trainer and gym leader as a way of doing his former human and Pokemon comrades proud.
An interview with the series' storyboarder confirmed Ash's father is a Trainer on his own journey. Could Ash's father be Hilbert?