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Raccoon City, Missouri

Country:United States of America
State: Missouri
Population: 100,000

Government

Type: Mayor-council
Body: Raccoon City Council
Mayor: Michael Warren

Title

Raccoon City

Raccoon City was a mid-sized industrial town in the American Midwestern state of Missouri with a population of approximately 100,000 at its peak. The city's football team was the Raccoon Sharks and it was home to the popular rock band Big E and soft drink Juicy Raccoon.

The region of the Arklay Mountains spread to the north and was a sight-seeing area with the beautiful Victory Lake and ecologically diverse Raccoon Forest, devoid of development and exploitation. Three native herb species with strong medicinal properties were native to this region. The large Circular River ran through the town, with the Marble River in the outskirts and Aimes River northwest of the mountains. The city was surrounded by vast wasteland and its closest nearby towns were Stoneville, Kent City and Old Court.

In 1998, the town was the site of the largest biological disaster and bioterrorism incident in human history as a result of a widespread leak of the artificial viral weapon t-virus developed by the Umbrella Corporation. In response to the biohazard, the American government launched a Sterilization Operation and completely eradicated the town, sparking a global scandal that persisted for the next five years. The government established a research station in the city's ruins to continue observation and investigation of the t-virus.

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History

Foundation

Raccoon City was founded as a small country town named after the amount of raccoons that filled the local area.

In 1962, the town's isolation attracted the attention of British aristocrat Oswell E. Spencer, who commissioned the construction of a mansion in the backwoods of Raccoon Forest as well as an executive training center for his future company. In 1963, engineer and electricity expert Michael Warren began the town's electrification. In 1968, Warren assisted in completing the city's electric tram cable cars in Europe and planned their installation in the city, establishing its first public transport system.

In 1969, the Kite brothers established the main line of the town's underground railway system, initially small and only two miles long linking just three stations. The town achieved rapid growth and development due to the involvement of the Umbrella Corporation founded by Oswell Spencer, which constructed a pharmaceutical and chemical factory in the town. The number of subway users increased due to this economic development and it was gradually extended until it reached eight stations within 8.5 miles by 1989. 1

In 1987, Michael Warren was elected as the new mayor of Raccoon City after riding a wave of popularity due to his distinguished history and service with the city. Around this time, he politically colluded with Umbrella in exchange for bribes and contributions to the city. In the late 80's, the town's central art museum was closed and purchased by the local police department and renovated as a police station due to its central location and ample parking. 2

In 1991, Umbrella secretly began construction of a giant underground laboratory beneath the city. In 1992, Umbrella provided financial aid toward the renovation of city hall and construction of a general hospital and football stadium. A bronze statue of Michael Warren was erected in city hall and the stadium was named after him to commemorate his achievements in the town. Umbrella contributed funding to city welfare, construction of public accommodation and maintenance of public order and became the cornerstone of the city's economy. The city was nicknamed the "Home of Umbrella" with 30% of the population employed by Umbrella Pharmaceuticals and its subsidiaries.

In 1996, Warren's municipal government announced the Bright Raccoon 21 city development project in partnership with several local private sponsor companies. In a desire to cement a positive corporate image in the city, Umbrella was the project's biggest sponsor. One of the project's most recognizable contributions was the establishment of a unique special operations unit within the local police department as the city's equivalent to New York City's E.S.U. (Emergency Service Unit) and Los Angeles' S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics) in order to combat the rise of high-grade crime that arose during the town's rising economy. This unique unit was named S.T.A.R.S. (Special Tactics and Rescue Service).

Biohazard (1998)

On April 2, 1998, a local environmental group reported that tests of the municipal water system and local streams revealed high levels of dangerous toxins due to an undetermined source, though it's believed to have been caused by industrial waste generated by Umbrella.

In May, the artificial t-virus developed by Umbrella leaked in the company's top-secret Arklay Laboratory in Raccoon Forest. As a result, bizarre murder cases began to frequently occur in the mountains, forest and eventually the suburbs, perpetrated by infected personnel and escaped test animals. On May 20, the first case was the mutilated body of a woman discovered on the Marble River shore. More reports began to surface, including the murder of a family of three in the western area of the Arklay Mountains, a 39 year old man in the Mendez River dock area and an elderly couple. 3 Eyewitness reports matching the descriptions of Zombie and Cerberus creatures also rose. By July, over 30 murders had occurred. Some civilian reports ran with rampant theories of "alien experiments on human bodies" and "immortal killers."

On July 23, S.T.A.R.S. Bravo Team was deployed by helicopter in the Arklay Mountains to investigate the bizarre murder cases. Due to catastrophic engine failure, the team was forced to make a forced landing in the middle of the forest. During the investigation, they discovered the Ecliptic Express train, the Umbrella Executive Training Center and the Arklay Laboratory. However, only four of the initial seven officers survived the night.

On July 24, S.T.A.R.S. Alpha Team was deployed and discovered the Arklay Laboratory. Due to the mansion's destruction by S.T.A.R.S., the neighboring forest was fire-damaged within a radius of 100-750 acres. Although the fire didn't approach any houses due to the strenuous efforts of the Raccoon Fire Department, National Guard and volunteers both in the air and on the ground, the environmental and ecological balance of the entire forest area was greatly shifted. The prime factor making elucidation of the incident difficult was the point that the mansion, and therefore any evidence, completely vanished due to the explosion. No investigation could rely solely on the survivors' testimonies rendering it impossible to advance any legal procedures against Umbrella. An investigation into the explosion was socially responded to as an "accident" and concluded with only minor influence on the stock market for Umbrella. The reports of the surviving S.T.A.R.S. officers and their requests for an official investigation into Umbrella were disregarded due to the collusion between the company and Chief of Police Brian Irons. The deaths of S.T.A.R.S. were the worst loss of life in the city's history and the entire case became known as the "Mansion Incident."

The Mansion Incident and preceding bizarre murder cases left an impact of unprecedented magnitude on several of the city's industries. Since night-time operation of the Umbrella Chemical Plant was suspended, industrial production decreased by about 30% compared to the previous year. Many citizens refrained from going out at night and a large decrease in sales was forced upon the distribution industry, though firearm and video rental stores alone showed a sudden rise in sales. The impact on the tourism industry was devastating as the razed forest and mountains in the city outskirts were its main attractions. As a result, it was also said that the damage caused to local industry was equal to the direct hit of a hurricane, and the city's economy greatly suffered. Umbrella denied any involvement in the Mansion Incident and added that it was prepared to offer various sorts of financial support to industry and municipal authorities to revitalize the city's economy. The local police suffered from a considerable loss of face due to the matter and needed to take bold actions to regain civic trust, including completely restructuring the department. This entailed disbanding S.T.A.R.S. and establishing the select police force Raccoon S.W.A.T.

In June, leading Umbrella scientist William Birkin orchestrated a biohazard in the city sewers by overloading the waste disposal capacity of the Umbrella Waste Incineration Plant P-12A, causing the virus to infect the facility's staff, leak into the surrounding soil and also contaminate the city's water supply. As the virus slowly spread throughout the city, it was believed to be a skin disease due to its necrotic effects, popularly dubbed the "Cannibal Disease." The city Health and Sanitation Bureau investigated the disease and concluded that it was some sort of new virus strain.

On August 1, economist Joel Clarence announced his candidacy for the next municipal election. 4

On September 23, the operation to seize the G-virus failed and the t-virus was leaked in the sewers and began to spread rapidly throughout the city with rodents and insects as carriers. After receiving reports on the situation from Umbrella, Michael Warren fled the city into U.S. military custody while Brian Irons was driven mad and decided to undermine the efforts of his own police force so that no officers or civilians could escape the city.

On September 24, during a football game at Warren Stadium between the Raccoon Sharks and the Old Court Thunders, an infected citizen became a Zombie and began to attack others in the crowd. This caused a sudden spike in infection and sparked what appeared to be a riot. More than fifty local police officers were dispatched to contain the situation, but the infected crowd quickly spread into the streets. The situation reached a critical point with incidents of apparent rioting and looting being reported around the city at an alarming frequency. In response, Deputy Chief of Police Raymond Douglas initiated a wide-scale evacuation of the city.

The first part of Douglas' plan involved a mop-up operation with R.P.D. officers Harry, Elliot and Edward planting a bomb on Main Street while Douglas and officers Arthur and Dorian led evacuation attempts at designated landmarks where helicopters would lead the citizens to safety, including Raccoon Zoo and Raccoon General Hospital. However, many of the officers were killed in the execution of this plan including Douglas himself, although the bomb on Main Street was successfully detonated, wiping out most of the infected crowd from the stadium and buying time for further evacuation efforts.

However, the t-virus continued to spread throughout the city. During the late night, an intense fire broke out in the local Apple Inn hotel while the city began descending into chaos due to escalating infection, with fires breaking out all over the city. The fire department struggled to contain the flames. News stations covering the incident briefly displayed the situation on national television, but the government placed severe regulations on the city's media and deployed the National Guard to assist with evacuation and relief efforts.

On September 25, the Pentagon announced a cover story just before dawn that "radioactive material" had leaked within the city. A U.S. Army investigation unit was deployed to investigate. Meanwhile, the virus decimated the animal population of Raccoon Zoo and a rescue helicopter crash-landed due to some of the evacuees being infected. The police and National Guard struggled to keep the chaos under control, but their rescue and evacuation efforts failed.

On September 26, the U.B.C.S. (Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service) was dispatched with the ostensible goal to rescue civilians, but the unit was quickly overpowered. Over the next few days, the city's police force was also gradually wiped out.

Footnotes

  1. 1. Old Brochure
  2. 2. Marvin's Memo
  3. 3. Bizarre Murder Cases File
  4. 4. Money Scope