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Siege is still an element of modern warfare. If a faction wants to get in a city and another one doesn't want to let them in, a siege is the natural consequence. We have had some famous examples in the recent years, just to cite a couple: The battle of Stalingrad The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943) was the largest confrontation ...


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Replacing them is (literally) a pain. In real life, you could classify most prosthetics into two types - ones that go inside you (pacemaker, VP shunt), and ones you wear like clothing (hand, foot). In a cyberpunk setting you often also have fictional ones that are partly inside the body, partly outside, and firmly attached to the skin somehow (ouch?) and ...


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In principle, a siege is a strategy with the express goal of defeating your opponent through slowly attritting their forces. With modern warfare’s application of combined arms — the tactical use of land, air, and naval units simultaneously to achieve a tactical goal — the pace of conflict is so fast that battles are either decisive and fast or forces keep ...


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For the sake of convenience let’s start with the assumption that your population will desire a North American urban population density and a globally averaged diet. The city of Austin TX has approximately 1,000,000 residents and a surface area of approx. 800 km^2, for a density of about 1,250/km^2. The City of New York (5 boroughs) NY also has a surface ...


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The closest thing I can imagine which is related to cybernetic implant is a pacemaker. How long do they last? Pacemakers usually last four to eight years. Biventricular pacemakers that are combined with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) do not tend to last as long -- about two to four years. The lifespan of the pacemaker depends on how ...


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In your world, prosthetics last forever. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_hand_(prosthesis)#/media/File:Eiserne_Hand_Glasnegativ_6_cropped.jpg You are right about technological innovations, profit motive and the like as regards tech in todays world. And you are writing a fiction which you want to be interesting. Different is interesting. I propose ...


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By using the loose definition: siege - cutting off an enemy's supplies and lines of communication. Then a siege makes military sense at all times, periods and epochs. Once your enemy is not fully self-sufficient, you gain from cutting him off. A siege will look different at various times. A siege will also vary in scale, depending on the period.


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Presuming the attacking force has modern warfare of even today, a siege requires that there be some reason the attackers don't want to just obliterate the defenders. Or that they are having a hard time doing that. If the attackers simply want to wipe out the defenders they can do this in short order. They can drop a huge variety of chemical explosives from ...


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The corporations can rent/lease the augmentations instead of selling, so they can keep milking their customers, have a more stable cash flow when compared to yearly new models, and have incentives to think about durability because the parts aren't owned by the consumer but by the corporation. They can rent a turboarm v3.0 to first world customers for a few ...


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Judging from recent history sieging is a problem. Yugoslavian war had almost 4 years long siege of Sarajevo. Siege for Aleppo in Syria took time between 2011 and 2016 and although government stated that they control whole city there are still some fights on the outskirts. Main problem with sieging is that you might want something from that particular ...


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There are two general requirements - power and space. Power 1,000,000 humans need about 2,000 calories per day each plus energy for day-to-day functions. Total up the calories and convert it to something workable, and we have a total of 96.85 MW. That is a lot, but that pales in comparison to energy. The average US household uses 900 kWH per month, giving ...


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When you have implants that may take over some of the necessary functions of life, which are implanted not out of medical necessity but for cosmetic purposes, the answer will depend upon one primary factor, and possibly a number of secondary factors. The primary factor is going to be the regulatory environment. It is one thing if a life-saving implant ...


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Your question seems to me to be en reality two questions: 1- why anyone would want to capture a city 2- why just not nuke it, assault it and going forward. First cities are often node in central communication networks, railway and large road go through cities. Those communications assets are very important for an army in order to maintain logistic supply....


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Sieges exist in modern times because while there is no fortress wall that the attackers can't get past defending infantry shooting from ambush in a city is extremely deadly to the attackers. Taking a city by force of arms is a bloodbath that will cause big troubles back home for the invader. That leaves either flattening it from the air (bombs or artillery)...


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Technically, the fight with the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other terrorist groups have included several sieges, if the whole wars aren't sieges in themselves. When Osama bin Ladin was hiding in caves, Allied forces were in siege mode. They tried to prevent supplies from entering the underground tunnels, prevented reinforcements from entering & exiting,...


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What if your implants adapt to you over time? You grow into them, both figuratively and literally. They start off generic with baseline functionality, but over time adapt to your way of walking, moving, idiosyncrasies in your vascular or nervous systems, depending on the implant. Replacing an implant with a new "blank" one might gain you a few new features ...


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Cochlear implants (CIs) are a lot like a neural implant and auditory brainstem impants (ABIs) are most definitely a neural implant. CIs have been around 50+ years and the implants electrodes are designed to last a lifetime. There have been significant enhancements to the electrode design over that time, but generally patients do not receive upgrades to the ...


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