Mongolia is a very interesting country. Both on the geographical and the social point of view. Human relationships are so important there that everything relays on mutual support. Why?
Here is my explanation. The country is huge, more than 1.5 million square km (five times Italy and almost half of West Europe) while the population is pretty small being only 2.6 million people (less than the population of Rome, Italy): as a result, the density is one of the lowest all over the world with only 1,7 inhabitant for square km. But, most of the people are living in the capital city, Ulaan Bataar, so as an extreme consequence the rest of the country is even less populated that what the statistics say.
Another very interesting aspect of the Mongolian population is that they are nomads earlier than Chingis Khan time (XIII century). So most of the people live “alone”: the all family in a Ger, the Mongolian traditional white tent, taking care of the cattle, and far from the neighbors who can be based from twenty meters to 50 km.
As I saw while traveling around the country, people of every kind meet occasionally and talk and share information and parts of their cars or food, drinks, place to sleep and everything else without an existing relationships as a support. Full trust and total respect are the basis of these everyday relationships.
Under this point of view, I recognized many points in common with the Internet and the interchange that users experiment daily. And it gave me an explanation of how something free of charge and why so much mutual assistance can be possible on the Internet: maybe, just because it already happens in the real life!
If you want to read more about Mongolia and life and travel around the country, I suggest these two books: In the Empire of Genghis Khan by Stanley Stewart and Gantsara: Alone Across Mongolia by Ian D. Robinson.