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Instead of only finding the location of my stolen device, what I really would like is using this to remote wipe my device, before someone else can or will turn it on (if it has been turned off).

Because it is not like I will fly to some other country to catch the thief or new owner of my stolen device.

That's a feature of Find My, and has been for years on iOS. They're bringing it to macOS this year for devices with a T2 chip (the newer MacBooks, basically).

Are you sure about that? The impression I got from their summary is that the bluetooth locations are passive.

An aside: what would happen if you wipe macOS and install another base operating system.

You can’t. With Catalina the device is activation locked, meaning you need the original iCloud credentials to install a new OS.

To clarify: this applies to a Mac that has been locked.

That is, if the Mac is locked with Activation Lock, it wouldn't be possible to install another OS; the firmware itself will lock the user out of the computer entirely until the machine is unlocked. This dissuades thieves from stealing your MacBook as it will effectively be useless for anything other than parts, and most thieves aren't in the tiny-amounts-of-aluminium-relative-to-if-they-just-stole-cars recycling business.

I clarify because I don't want anybody thinking one is entirely unable to install another OS at all. That is possible, but of course you lose out on macOS features like Activation Lock.

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