I too live “rural” in a city in Northern Canada and Ingress a lot of my AP when travelling. (love how Ingress shows me things I would never have noticed on my own) I managed to get our local city up to just over 100 portals but so many are still stuck in submitted mode without being processed. Is there a timeline on completing this work?
As well, living in the North seems to make us a target for GPS spoofers who pop in and create big fields or blow things away with no repercussions. I really wish there were more ways Niantic could crack down on this sort of thing. Very frustrating when you make huge plans and arrange for agents to be in very far away and expensive places only to have some L2 “agent” pop up and wreak havoc on your plans.