> I feel for you Euroanons, it seems so much harder for one to opt out of the system there and live (for the most part at least) truly apart from modern society.
I honestly don't think there is anyway to disentangle oneself from the system in England, this country is just too small and too overpopulated. It might once have been possible to live such a life in rural Ireland, but not any more. Ireland's gone from a deeply conservative Catholic nation to full-on globohomo in a single generation, and the government is now actively moving invaders into rural areas to destroy them. The same is going on here in England, except at a slightly slower pace, and I expect in every European country.
> Yeah, not being able to raise animals or grow food easily would be a big problem, I think. How did that work though? Did you live on a river?
I lived on a narrowboat on a canal. My boat was pretty crummy and had lots of technical problems, so after the first year I mostly stayed in marinas where one could rent a berth and hook up to power and water. There are people who just roam the canal network all year, which is a pretty pleasant life that gets you somewhat free of the system, but of course you still depend on it for food and fuel. The roof of the boat is large and mostly flat, have a fair bit of room that you could use for growing veg in pots, but it's never going to be enough to sustain yourself.
If I were going to do it again I would get a larger seafaring boat and rig it out with solar panels and wind turbines, so I could at least be self-sufficient on power. The larger boats have enough room that you could keep some rabbits or maybe chickens, though admittedly not in the most humane conditions, which would put me off. I would get an allotment on the land which would allow me to grow enough veg for myself. However, boats are expensive and so I'd still need to work to afford the upkeep.
There's seems to be no way to escape here in England, so my only option is to do something like this and accept the compromise, or abandon my homeland and move to the US, which I am loathe to do but which like a better option every year.
> I'd assume that fishing would be one way to get food but I feel like that in a boat one would be more dependent on the system for food kinda like you hinted at.
You can fish, but like everything else you'd better have a license for that, and you won't be catching much in the canals anyway. I knew a guy who used to trap crayfish, which is technically illegal but you're not likely to get caught.