Rejected, but not forgotten
This article (Rabbit Teletank), is about a unit, building or other aspect that has been cut or changed significantly in the game or lore.
Still, lore is a terrible thing to waste, so instead of deleting it, Team Paradox decided to preserve it for all to see. It is, of course, not canon, and not applicable for the game.
|(Minor) faction(s)||Atomic Kingdom of China|
|Mod Relevance||Cut content|
|Country of Origin||China|
|Teletransport Research Center, Chengdu|
|Key Features|| » Teleportation array|
» Remote control command
» Receiving Pad projector
» Experimental Point-to-Point generator
» Uncanny smell of bad soy sauce
"Beam them up!"
- - The Rabbit Teletank
Technically speaking, a teletank is a remote controlled battle tank. The term was invented to refer to hastily converted T-55s from a brief period in the Second World War where the Soviet Union was making more tanks than it was training operators, so a radio-control mechanism would be added to squadrons of tanks be be used as near-invulnerable line breakers; as the weakest part of a tank is it's crew, without the human element the tanks would take dozens of penetrating hits and keep rolling forward. In this sense, the Rabbit is accurately named; the stubby machine is indeed controlled remotely from a safe base. However, the vehicle is a "teletank" in another sense as well; it is armed not with a gun, but with a teleporter!
Chinese teleportation is difficult to explain fully; the Chinese themselves do not know the full workings or implications of the science, but they do know it's practical uses and limitations. In short, a teleporter array consists of a scanner, a projector, a receiver, and a large block of Jade into which the pattern of an object can be stored, a molecular-level data storage medium.
When an object is being teleported, the scanner "reads" the entire object, the process of which destroys it, and then the projector beams through the jade, recreating the object on the receiver. This can be also be done receiver to a point outside the device; however, the receiver must be involved at one point or another, and the process cannot be interrupted at any point without causing serious side effects to the tune of massive gamma radiation release, explosions, mutation, and unpleasant itching sensations.
In the case of the Rabbit, it IS the receiver, using a projection technique to create a receiving pad just in front of it. In order to mitigate the range problems of the Chinese army, the Rabbit beams enemy vehicles from their location to near to the vehicle; while the startled crew is trying to figure out what just happened, a Chinese vehicle can easily target and destroy them with a high-powered weapon. The range of the teletank is easily comparable to conventional artillery, and does not require line of sight to the target, so it is the primary method the Chinese use to suppress enemy artillery.
In addition to pad-to-point teleportation, the Rabbit has an experimental point-to-point generator. Using it's projector to make a pad under a nearby Chinese vehicle, it can teleport this vehicle a great distance away. Unfortunately, it cannot teleport other Rabbits; teleporting a teleporter has never been tried, and is generally considered to be a very bad idea.