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For his daughter, see Katherine Warren.
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Michael Warren (マイケル・ウォーレン Maikeru Wōren?) was the last mayor of Raccoon City and a figure primarily responsible for the city's quick explosive growth and prosperity due his collusion with Umbrella Corporation, which would ultimately condemn Raccoon to destruction.

Biography

Early Life and Political Career

Warren was originally an electrical engineer who worked as a technician and in 1963 succeeded in bringing electricity and power to the once small town in the Arklay Mountains.[1][2] In 1968, he was also responsible for pioneering the city's cable car system.

Mayor's statue

A statue of Warren was built outside Raccoon City Hall.

In 1987, Warren ran for mayor of the city and thanks to his contributions that gave him immense popularity, he won the elections overwhelmingly and was sworn in with the post.[1] During his rule, Raccoon City entered an age of growth and development this due to financial support from Umbrella, who build several key facilities which led to rapid growth in the city's economy. This became known as the "Bright Raccoon 21" campaign and to commemorate the Warren's dedication to the city, a bronze statue in his likeness was placed in City Hall.[1]

Involvement with Umbrella

While Warren's government quickly expanded the city because of Umbrella's over-investing, behind it, the mayor was actually in collusion with the company, “laundering” its money through his mordenization campaign and taking bribes to overlook the activities of Umbrella, which was involved in illegal research on Bio Organic Weapons in conjunction with the American government.[3] This also allowed the company to spread its influence within the city and virtually control it.

However, in 1998, Warren's neglect of Umbrella's actions would cause a series of events that would later destroy Raccoon City itself. The process started in July, when the surviving members of the Special Tactics and Rescue Service arrived in the city, after the event that became known as "Mansion Incident", and initiated an investigation against the company. As Umbrella wanted an end to the investigations, Brian Irons, the Chief of Police of the Raccoon Police Department also corrupted by company, ended the investigation by dissolving S.T.A.R.S., and together with the Warren government, discredited the survivors' accounts for the lack of evidence, which prevented most of the townspeople from believing in them even after they shared their experiences.

Raccoon City Destruction Incident

In September, the t-Virus reached Raccoon City through several factors and when it finally consumed the city, turning thousands of people into zombies, Warren fell into a panic right after being warned of the impending outbreak and fled immediately rather than stay to help the citizens, leaving his daughter in the Raccoon Police Station, not knowing she would ended up be murdered by Irons, and placing himself into the custody of the U.S. Army which had blockaded the city.[1][4] His subsequent fate is unknown.

Further notes

  • In S.D. Perry's novelization of Resident Evil 2, City of the Dead, Warren is instead the former mayor of Raccoon City, having lost an election shortly before the outbreak. Consequently, the woman entrusted to Chief Irons is the daughter of Mayor Harris.

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Resident Evil 5 (2009), file:History of RESIDENT EVIL".
  2. Resident Evil Archives
  3. Resident Evil 3 (2020), file: "Banquet Invitation".
  4. Resident Evil 2 (1998), file: "Chief's Diary"
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