(Treason anon) It actually would have been more interesting to see what everyone was up to in the future [not domesticated or strangely absence], or even training the new generation in case something happened and they're prepared for any potential threat this time.
No kidding. That’s what made the abject failure of 25YL as a story so truly infuriating- there was literally endless potential there, and somehow, SOMEHOW it was all squandered on sweet sixteens and teenage pajama parties.
Like… what if Sally reforming the government into a more democratic institution resulted in the surviving remnants of the nobility working to subvert it so they can get their original privilege back? Did the rampant abuse of the Roboticizer and the destruction caused by Robotnik’s actions cause an anti-technology backlash movement to crop up in the peace time? Without Robotnik holding them in check by deign of being the biggest, baddest thing around for the last decade, what new evils were unleashed in the world without the threat of his intervention to keep them at bay? Are all the next generation following in their parents footsteps, or has something gone wrong for more than a few?
On and on and on… but noooo. Sonic having a midlife criss was CLEARLY what the people wanted.