First, the entire city of Defiance is under the St Louis Arch.
That's fuck all.
And why when they want to declare anything to the town, they stick their head out the window and yell.
The town's economy is supported by the mine. The mine pays taxes and the miners who then pay for whatever the hell they want which is supplied by the rest of the town.
(Are we counting the elderly, women and children?)
Small mine, few miners, tiny support and ancillary systems.
That's a few hundred people.
If they had 2000 armed citizen soldiers, the Volge attack wouldn't stand a chance.
That's not a modern city.
Defiance is straight out of the 19th century.
It's basically a camp.
How many people do you think lived in Deadwood?