In reply to mattcjx
That still doesn't explain why they didn't radio in warnings while they were on their way to Mistral City.
I would say it's just an unintentional flaw of the system. The towers would still be fiercely guarded whether or not the entire system hinged on all of them active since they were the only way to directly communicate to the other kingdoms. Have the entire system crippled feels like too big a risk compared to the gamble that that threat would cause people to care more about it.
That's not panic though. Panic is direct fight or flight response because of immediate threat. Blowing up Haven, or part of Haven would just instill a general feeling of fear or insecurity in people, not panic them. As an example, panic is what you get when a fire starts in a theater and every is just rushing out.
I was going to write a lot more, but I realized after thinking it through that I'm just wasting both of our times because I'm not addressing the actual problem I have with the WF ending.
The issue I have is narrative weight. V5 spent time building up the implied threat of the WF, and the need for a faunus army to stop it. We had Ghira give his whole speech and remind us of Beacon, we had Blake and Sun spend a lot of screentime walking around looking for people, we got the notice that they had spent a lot of real world time looking for help, and most importantly, we got Adam directly stating his intentions to escalate the actions of the WF into a war.
All of this coupled with what we saw of Beacon implied to me that the WF was going to do something huge and devastating, which is also supported by Watts and Cinder stating that the WF was going to destroy Haven. From someone in the know, this is important, compared to Ghira who was basing his supposition on third party information. However, when we finally get to it, we don't see much attempted destruction, just bombs on one building, an insignificant building. No sign of Adam's desired war or even a hint of escalation. Beacon was far bigger than this, bringing grimm created a message which was far more significant than just destroying Beacon and Vale.
That's the issue, that the threat of the WF implied was shown to be insignificant, that for all the talk of needing a faunus army, Blake could've stopped it with just her parents and their guards. It was, to me, a giant letdown.
However, for all the talk I've made about Adam needing more people, that probably wouldn't have been a good solution to the problem. Adding more people to give a stronger resolution and fight would've detracted from the Ozpin vs Salem fight happening in the Room of Static Fighting. Thinking about it more, more people would've generally caused more problems with the pacing, and at the same time, you have been making great points about why there shouldn't have been more. This is why I think it's just another fundamental flaw with the structure of V5. Ending the WF there felt like an afterthought to the events of Menagerie, which was somewhat the point, but also a massive problem due to the narrative weight given.
To fix this, I would point again to my idea of dividing the events of V5 between both V5 and V6, with three main climax points. The first would be the battle in Menagerie, which would be the finale of V5. Then in V6, Blake would take the faunus army, not to defend Haven, but more proactively confront the WF at a base of theirs. This would be a climax at the middle of V5. However, Adam would escape at this point, and Blake would chase, and he would join Cinder at Haven, leading Blake there, and allowing her and Adam to be more relevant to the Battle of Haven. This would give the resolution of faunus vs WF a chance to have a significant payoff, and then still connect to Haven. You would need to change details as then there would be no way for Raven's assassination plot to occur, but that could be easily resolved by Qrow realizing that Leo was being super-suspicious, spying on him, and learning of the plan to get the relic. Then Ozpin and co would've gone to defend it, and the same battle would've occurred.
Anyhow, food for thought, which I probably should've brought up earlier instead of wasting time arguing about a symptom.