James and T99 both mentioned that urbanites desire and perhaps require more enforced government intervention, which i knew but wasn't thinking about when I wrote.
At least in this part of the world, you worked in the city or town most of the year, but you had a primitive place out in the boonies where you went for two weeks plus weekends in the summer, or camped in the wilderness, or some other back-to-nature arrangement where you could pee into the stream if you wanted to.
That seems like a plan for everyone to get along - except that the boonies have filled up in places, unless you want to head even farther out. But that takes time that we are no longer willing to spend - we want to hit the ground running and get to the cottage by 7:30pm Friday and not leave until after supper on Sunday. As the boonies crowd up, they start needing the same sort of forced cooperation of more densely populated areas.
Canada's pretty empty. They've got an incredible amount of fresh water, too. How do we get there fast?
Similarly, when I first went to Romania in 1998, one could build a new house for $6000. We never snapped for it and it's much more expensive now, but for a certain type of getaway rural Transylvania isn't bad. I hear people retire to places in Mexico and Costa Rica for the same reason. I'm figuring you can be left alone pretty well there.