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Secondary technology of Tier N/A
- "The best way to survive a firefight is to be elsewhere when your enemy starts one."
- Rejinaldo Leonardo Pedro Bolivar de Alencar-Araripe, Principles of Modern War
The unlocking of the mysteries of “floatstone,” a monopole metamorphic rock occurring naturally on this planet, opened the engineering of practical, efficient, inexpensive magnetic levitation “engines.” Harnessing the properties of electromagnetic monopoles allowed for the creation of superconducting mag-lev fields, which provided lift, augmented by electrostatic levitation generated as a byproduct. The manipulation of the latter granted maneuverability, thus allowed the mag-lev vehicle to be steered. In a matter of a few years after the initial breakthrough, factories were producing mag-lev engines of all sizes. These were used in every kind of vehicle from cargo handling forklifts to massive construction equipment to weapons platforms. The only significant danger during operation is the failure of the liquid nitrogen cooling systems; the only limitation that altitude above the surface is restricted by the extent of the field. Although smooth surfaces provided easier operation of these vehicles, the great advantage is that mag-lev can operate across virtually any terrain.