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The Zagard Empire is the central antagonistic force in Contra: Operation Galuga.

History[]

The Zagard are first mentioned by Beowulf. Eons ago, the Zagard Empire waged war against the Sol, the civilization that created the Lemris. The Sol feared that they would fall to the Zagard, and so they hid the Lemris somewhere on Earth. The energy produced by the Lemris was enough to prevent the Zagard Empire from creating wormholes to reach the planet directly, sparing Earth from the empire's wrath.

Eons later, in the year 26XX, Varanis located the Lemris and attempted to drain its power so that the Zagard Empire could conquer Earth. In an act of treachery, he was able to acquire the artifact and hook it up to a machine onboard his ship. The Contra Unit performed one final battle against the tyrant and were victorious, but in his final act before his demise, Varanis set his device to overload the Lemris's energy, enough to knock Earth's orbit out of balance. As the commandos worked toward a solution, their plans were put on halt as an alien creature attacked and swallowed them all whole. They escaped and eliminated the creature, but Lucia stayed behind with the overloading Lemris while the rest of the commandos hitched a ride to safety on the helicopter. Beowulf informed Lucia that the Lemris had enough power to open a wormhole into space, thereby redirecting the overloading energy away from Earth... but with a cost. Knowing the risk, Lucia activated a wormhole and teleported the Lemris's overloaded energy, the dead alien carcass, and herself to an unknown location far away from Earth's reach. In this aftermath, the Lemris fell into the ocean, drained of all energy.

Although the commandos appeared to have saved the Earth, Varanis's plan still succeeded. With the energy now drained from the Lemris, the energy field surrounding Earth dissipated (as noted by Dr. Drake). Without an energy field to protect the planet, the Zagard were able to create wormholes through space and invade the Earth, thus starting the events of the Alien Wars.

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  • Beowulf's description of the Zagard Empire makes the villainous group sound slightly similar to the Borg from the Star Trek series.
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