During the Guild Wars, the settlement became weakened by a poor economy. Many of its youth volunteered for the Confederate Armed Forces during the conflict, in part spurred by the poor conditions. Despite this, the town continued to contract economically, and many residents suffered from cancer through bad cheap food provided by the Confederacy. Only Farm Aid, a series of donations from wealthy patrons through the Confederate government, kept the town going at all. By 2494/'95, the town was much smaller than it had been just over half a decade ago.