I always took a measure of comfort in the fact I could BO into some remote off grid environment. But
now I need to re-think, as Shatner says, "to boldly go" further. Further out means of course "slim pickins" in real estate as time goes by. Just googling "off grid", I find millions who have already gobbled up my potential survival real estate geography. They even have TV shows that follow the lives of these survivalists. So much for privacy. I'm supposed to find entertainment value from the show, but has a waiting survivalist, I tend to see a potentially hostile future neighbourhood who have now coalesced into a armed community.
I watch it with aview of my placement in the scheme of things, and the conclusion is the subject is a competitor.
The scariest tipoff that reveals that this off grid domain is no longer viable for me in an emergency, is the government taking a detailed but feigned casual interest in the people moving out there. I don't buy it. The government taking a feigned interest in anything, watch out!. They probably have a team measuring out the natural resources being used, and then planning follow up new laws to make them conform when the SHTF. Personally, I think these areas are where I do not want any government staking any interest at all. If you don't believe there is any need to panic, check out the attack on the new age wheeled mini home people, who were smart enough to find a solution out of their mortgages. The trailer MFG are all in an uproar and demanding legislation against them. This of course just what the government wanted.
I have two site examples. The first is the canadian government dutifully showing what types of hydro power being used by the aboriginals, and other remote locations of the country. You will note they take it on themselves to define "off grid", as if the concept was their's, even revealing their notes on how many people use what power, etc. https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1314295992771/1314296121126
The next is the government's getting cozy with the various communities that are starting up. As a survivalist, I would want to stay away from any community that still feels it needs the government as a crutch, and allows legislation to be imposed and geared to survival communities and their unique environment. The cute photos may seem just that, but the government should be sent the message now in case it feels they are looking at the start of a new settlement, as in the black and white dust bowl photos. http://www.wideopencountry.com/7-places-u-s-can-live-sustainably-off-grid/
So perhaps I need to be setting my sights further off, to that environment of shear hostile nature where even Wild America would not even venture to film the wildlife. Either that or use that ancient barter system, the mighty buck, to purchase that land now.
But I guess not, because most likely it'll be federal property.) I know one thing for sure, my pelton wheel will always be turning for me and maybe a couple of friends, and anyone else suffering because of water flow or not getting enuff beaver pelts had better find another spot, because I'll be living in my own personal nation.
Hey, I just realized even my attitude is "off grid".