You didn’t make a compelling argument. You talked about being at the mercy of the admins on the server. Weak argument. On official, you are at the mercy of trolls and griefers, with nobody to help in the matter…and as I pointed out, on officials, you have to wreck your precious view with miles of ugly sandstone foundations.
I have played on private servers for other games. Ark, Atlas, 7D2D, etc… Some servers are bad, and some are good. You just have to look around for a good one. They aren’t actually hard to find. The servers with bad admins are actually rare. Their rules are normally posted in a Discord channel, or website.
My point is that if you want to be a mini-Land Baron, a private server IS a better option.