Re: Could ash survive on his own?
I think Ash would be better off alone. When he loses to Lt. Surge, he can be inducted into the military and actually learn stuff, have a man made out of him and learn important survival skills in basic and live fire sessions. Or learn them on the war front...or might shoot himself with a rifle sitting on the barracks' latrines before being deployed.
Or he can be captured by Sabrina and his reduced self can live in a toy house and used for loving.
Or he could live as a bum in Celadon city who has to turn tricks for people there. Maybe if he's lucky, he can become Erika's man-geisha.
User of Fighting, Steel and Electric types.
My dream team: Machamp, Magneton, Ampharos, Skarmory, Hariyama, Electabuzz