It seems a lot of people want their freedom from the wider country of which they have been a part. The list of wrongs they can give differs but the main well spring of this desire come from a feeling that they can do better unfettered and on their own.
Two of the most beneficial time sin human history for creativity were in Greece circa 6th century BCE and in Italy circa 14th century AD. Both these periods coincided with the rise in power of city-states. Cities that ruled themselves and warred with other cities. Vying for eminence lead them to attract commerce and artists which in turn lead them to high culture. High culture that we still look to today. The wider the population, the narrower the levels of choice.
It’s a strange thing that capitalism does but by widening the market place it reduces choice to a common denominator. An average of taste in food and clothes, houses and TV shows. It becomes a numbers game.
Artistic achievement of course, is never a numbers game.