Also called “The Sole Survivor” or “The Traitor City” Guar was the only Rastakgic supercity to surrender during the War. A heavy shipbuilding city and vital stopover harbor for goods traveling from Serica to Jior, pre-war Guar had a strong, independent middle class and extensive industrial development, including tenure over sprawling mining operations in the hills and mountains around the city.
During the war, Guar suffered several weeks of blockade and then bombardment by Unity naval forces, trying and failing several times to break the siege with fleets of armed (or simply explosive-laden) civilian ships. Guar did successfully repel Unity efforts to seize a string of strategic mines just outside the city proper, but this victory quickly turned sour as Unity forces escalated the bombardment, targeting Guar’s extensive (and previously unharmed) industry with a constant barrage of incendiary payloads, triggering numerous secondary explosions and chain reactions that crippled the city’s extraction and construction capacity in a number of days. Incidentally, it was not long after this that Guar’s regional hierarch was killed in a shelling of the city proper. Entirely cut off from national leadership and the possibility of a replacement, a popular civilian officer (most reports indicate that he was a firefighter) quickly rose to leadership and tendered the city’s infamous surrender. Though the immediate Unity occupation could not be described as especially large on restraint, the threat of the mutagen was unleashed a decycle later, and Unity command left only a token force to hold the city and begin repairs on its infrastructure so that it could be developed into a more suitable staging area. The small size of this force and fear of popular revolution or a Hierarchy liberation force led to a drastic improvement of relations with the local population. The Unity occupation never faced a significant challenge, and Rastakgan made no effort to reclaim its lost city.
Although the Unity is not forthcoming in its records of events immediately after the war, the academic consensus is that Guar was stripped for resources and equipment before its mines were sealed, harbor demolished, fleet sunk, and remaining industrial capacity destroyed, mirroring the general post-occupation doctrine used by Unity forces elsewhere in Rastakgan. The widespread execution, displacement, or disappearance of the civilian population seen in more resistant areas, however, did not strike Guar, and the city’s population seemed to survive more or less intact. Many refugees and unregistered citizens after the war claimed to be fleeing the impoverished Guar, though the numbers have dwindled in recent years. Evidence suggests Guar has been slowly rebuilding its industrial capacity as an independent city-state, allegedly under the leadership of the same firefighter who took the reigns and surrendered the city three decades ago.