Rejected, but not forgotten
This article (Piledriver Tank), 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)||Confederate Revolutionaries|
|Mod Relevance||Cut content|
|Country of Origin||United States|
|USGS Headquarters, Reston|
|Key Features|| » Earthshaker device|
» Basilisk-type mobile platform
» Richter scale chart in cabin
» Spring-stabilised chairs
» Air conditioning (broken)
After the initial flurry of modifications and militarized uses of Dr. Tesla's new seismic technology, it fell to a civilian group to determine whether or not creating localized earthquakes at will was, in fact, environmentally friendly or not. The United States Geological Survey rather quickly determined that seismic technology was anything but good for the environment, and moved to shut down the entire line of technology. President Roosevelt overruled the USGS, citing the need for seismic weapons during a time of war and ordered the USGS, if they were so clever, to come up with an environmentally friendly use for seismic technology. The geologists never really succeeded, but the mobile earthquake generators they built as a result did have some useful scientific applications for studying tectonics and the like.
That the United States government had given seismic technology to a civilian organisation answering to the Department of the Interior rather than one of the more high-profile departments was forgotten about in short order by everyone save the USGS itself, and the mobile seismic platforms were quietly stored away in warehouses lest anyone get funny ideas.
Someone did get funny ideas eventually, when Confederate rebels stormed the USGS headquarters looking for detailed geological surveys of the Washington DC area to help plan the inevitable assault on the foreign-occupied city. To the surprise of the raiders, the Geological Survey welcomed the rebels with open arms and gave them not only the surveys and advice on the best underground attack routes, but showed them to the warehouses where the seismic mobile platforms were gathering dust. Seeing the platforms, and the massive hammer-like Earthshaker devices mounted atop them, the machines were renamed the Piledriver Tanks on the spot and "borrowed", with an accredited USGS staffer on hand for each platform to ensure safe operation of the device and send field test results back to headquarters.
As with many cases of civilian vehicles pressed into military service, the Piledriver has its drawbacks. While tailor-made to destroy buildings and capable of bouncing ground vehicles into the air with predictably distressing results for the vehicles and their crew, even artificial earthquakes are not going to do much to men standing in the open. Piledrivers also must settle down and deploy to bring the Earthshaker to bear, but the Basilisk platform is neither as slow nor as fragile as its stablemate in the Confederate arsenal, the M100.