How do you view the various time zones in Sonic CD? How far back and ahead are the Past and Future? What do the zones/rounds look like to you in each timezone?
These questions seem fairly straightforward, except that I find no two people answer them the same way, so I'm curious to see what people actually think of them in detail. For the purposes of this topic, as it's meant to examine how the environments seemed to you, even factually inaccurate interpretations are valid, so please critique with care. This is the topic where I reveal that even I have crazy head-fanon too. My secret shame...
My own interpretations have to be coloured by the facts that I had no-one else to discuss them with at the time and that I was about 9 when I first played CD. As someone who was fascinated enough by this stuff as a kid to draw Bad Future/Good Future fanart (yes, really), and having read other people's interpretations up until now - Zone 0's versions being of particular interest to me - this is how I look at it these days:
Time on the Little Planet doesn't flow in sync with anything in particular, so in practice trying to nail down a specific measurement of the gap between eras is rather pointless. Whilst it's never actually stated that travelling through time on the planet actually moves you through time in the rest of the universe, I always thought it did, and this is how I establish a point of reference. Eventually I settled on the gap between eras being roughly 8000 years. There's no particular reason for this, it just seemed appropriate.
Also notably, due to the fact that there is never any evidence of an existing sentient population, only consistently abandoned self-operating structures planetwide, I make the assumption that the planet itself is more alive than people realise and constantly modifying itself over time - simply because that makes more sense than empty cities building themselves. Related to this, the Robot Generators have such a drastically damaging effect on the area they infest not just because of the robots they generate, but because they're designed to directly distort and control the planet's own self-modification to suit their master's needs.
That took forever to write. Still curious though! What do you see in Sonic CD's world?