As the war spreads, Asian communities across the country face increased discrimination. This holds true in New York as well, and diplomatic relations break down between the Saintly Beasts and the rest of the city. Demands come from some quarters for the Saintly Beasts to leave, or swear increased oaths of loyalty and nonaggression, sometimes leading to hedge duels and banishment - though somehow it was always the Directional who ended up banished.
If there was internal conflict reflecting the war, it was not made public.
The Four Saintly Beasts never entirely withdrew. In fact, their numbers swelled as Lost from outside the city came to New York for shelter in the face of similar treatment abroad.