|“|| The Allies will not relent on their superweapons. Protect your forces with the Nanoswarm!|
The Nanoswarm Hive is a building that, when activated, forms a massive hive of nanomachines that provide a large impenetrable shield around the target area. The nanomachines shield the compound from any form of damage, even from that which comes from ultimate weapons. Structural integrity can only be maintained for approximately 30 seconds before the nanomachines disperse. It appeared during the War of the Three Powers and the Uprising.
The Nanoswarm is, basically and in essence, a defensive Superweapon, much like the Soviet Iron Curtain. It functioned a little differently, however. The shield that is formed is literally a shield. While it is online, no attack can break through it and no units from the outside can enter the shield area. However, the units inside the Shield cannot fire out or move out of the protected area either, although they are free to attack enemy units which are also trapped inside the Shield.
Reflecting the nature of the Imperial military, the Nanoswarm is a flexible multipurpose tool in the Imperial arsenal. It can be used to defend vital units or structures against enemy attacks, including Superweapon attacks. It can also be used to block choke points, forcing the enemy to make a detour, or isolate enemy units, preventing them momentarily from participating in the battle. It can also defend Imperial units while they're on the offensive. The Nanoswarm can be activated over an area, allowing Imperial troops to deal with the enemy without being overwhelmed by reinforcements. This is quite useful, for instances, if Sudden Transport, managed to sneak into the middle of a base. However, th Allied Chronospheres allowed units to warp past the barrier, being the only way to bypass the Nanoswarm and enter or escape it.
If the Nanoswarm is used in this manner, Imperial commanders need to act fast to accomplish whatever they set out to do, as the Shield can only be maintained for a short time. Imperial Commanders are instructed to consider the use of the Superweapon wisely, as the Nanoswarm Hive can only be activated periodically. Such advanced technology also required a lot of power to operate.
The Imperial commander Kenji is known to have developed a new, even more powerful version of the Nanoswarm Hive, which was capable of permanently defending a chosen area, at least as long as the power plants that powered it were active. The only working prototypes of these new Nanoswarm Hives were however destroyed by Allied forces when Kenji's palace was attacked.
Like all Imperial structures, it must be deployed by a belonging Nanocore. To unfurl, it requires an area with the same size with Soviet Iron Curtain. It is essentially a factory specialized for production of defensive nanobots, nearly similar to the Defensive shield secret protocol. Before deployment, the nanobots are stored in a containment structure that is used as their launch platform. The nanobots cannot be ordered as other units. This downside is offset by the larger protection area it provides.
During skirmish battles in Uprising, Japanese enemies will never build a Nanoswarm Hive. Probably because it was near to useless or simply because the AI told it not to do so.