Formless wrote:How, exactly, are they going to get a huge ass piece of metal up there without it getting shot down? Moving something with anti-gravity is slower than moving something with teleportation.
"Sir, the station's radar is picking up a large metal object at ten thousand feet and climbing. It looks like some sort of impactor."
"Teleport a missile up there and frag the damn thing."
"There are already twenty of them on an intercept course, sir."
"Of course there is. Have a laser broom up there within the hour to sweep away the debris and shoot down any future attacks. Make sure those idiots don't try that again."
tch, try and think this through. The (reasonably expensive) teleport bay has been sent into space by rockets (extremely expensive) and presumably assembled there (unless you have a lollipop shaped rocket). A small bay might be sent up working and the parts for a large bay then ported up, but you still need to assemble it.
Assuming the anti-grav nation don't interfere with this process, they let you actually get up into orbit and get set up.
Then all they have to do is throw something massive up into the orbital path and wait. Shoot it down? Why would it go down? Grin. (for grim humor, a limpet grav-mine could even throw one of your own warships up into the orbital path. Oh drat, but we can always bring it down again over your real estate. Returning lost property and all that)
Laser broom? you have those? since when? are they really going to be effective enough to clear the incoming debris field? nah. They're not. You just lost space and orbit parking rights, and wasted a huge amount of resources to do so. So, since your commanders and advisors aren't idiots, the whole space gamble will probably never happen.
The teleporters will have amazing logistics and industrial output*, but will be outmatched on the battlefield everytime.
*although since heavy loads can be floated, trucking costs just got reduced to air resistance and time. And since you can go up, above buildings and the like, those costs just got reduced to going in a straight line as fast as possible for priority loads. Construction is revolutionised, as cranes are only needed to tug pallets into position, not actually lift. You could float sheets of steel or clouds of rocks over the cities/critical locations at night to make area bombing a waste of resources, Airbattleships might be surrounded by loose sheets of cheap ablative Armour floating several meters away from the hull as well as their own heavy plating.