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>Drayden reveals trainers existed before Pokeballs, and back then Pokemon could actually run away from awful trainers
>N repeatedly states that Pokeballs are oppressive and humans and Pokemon should be together without them
What if there was a spinoff game set in the distant future of the main series where N's dream came true, and Pokeballs were gone? One of the core gameplay mechanics would be earning the respect of your Pokemon, and not pissing them off enough for them to leave. You'd be able to choose between seeing your entire party follow you in the overworld, or simply show the trainer for aesthetic purposes.