ROBOT ARMIES III

9/17/2019

In the past, humans used to slaughter each other under the direction of a general or king. After the Decree of Civility in 2030 barring humans from direct battle, robot armies were all about flooding the battlefield with mass units and overcoming the enemy by sheer numbers. These were the tactics of the Civil War that lead to the death of 620,000 Americans and set the stage for robot war strategy. Just keep throwing more ‘bots’ into the arena. From time to time, the battle had to be halted, and cleanup crews dispersed, to clear the field of all the robotic limbs and weapons that lay strewn about. This junk hindered the new arrivals on the scene and slowed the action that millions of viewers were paying for. These spiffy crews, composed of tethered robots adorned with magnets, vacuum pumps, and sticky tape were sent out by the janitorial contractor to clear the field of the deficient and deceased mechanical soldiers. They were winched back to the exits by cable, laden with parts and pieces of the unfortunate warriors who fell to fate. With no emotional attachments of any kind, the components were not memorialized with graves or monuments, but rather, sent back to the factories in boxes to be repurposed. The scrap generated from the slaughter created a substantial profit for the owners who surrounded themselves with luxurious living standards. Most had houses in the Hamptons and would adorn their foyers with parts that were unique and collectible. Dangling from the ceilings were chromed computers, polished processors and limp limbs that propelled the state-of-the-art prototypes into violent conflicts with other models. Chinese, Russian, and Iranian robot parts brought a higher price in this country and was a barometer for the wealth of an individual. North Korea tried to enter the “games” by putting real men in robotic suits. When blood was spotted on the field, the battle was quickly shut down and the North Koreans were forever banned. 

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