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(Capcom's primary storyline)
Sushestvovanie Island (Russian: Существование, Suščestvovánije) is an island in the Baltic Sea. Formerly part of the Soviet Union, the main language spoken was Russian. In the 21st century, it was the site of Alex Wesker's experiments in fear.
It is unknown where exactly the island is located, as it is not listed on any maps. However, the island was previously affiliated with the Soviet Union, harbors many inhabitants of Russian descent, and the main language was Russian, placing it somewhere close to Russia, Latvia, or Estonia.
The island had multiple settlements, including a town, a village, and a communications tower. The island also had a mountainous region and wildlife. There was also a prison that was erected on the island at some point, which was used by Alex Wesker to conduct her cruel and horrible experiments on humans.
A fishing village was located not too far away from the communications tower, with the Wossek pub being a landmark. The village was a short walk from the town, itself built around Wesker's tower. There was also a factory and meat processing plant, as well as a mine.
In the 20th century, the island was very lively due to the mining industry. When the Soviet Union entered the period of Stagflation under Leonid Brezhnev, the coal mine closed and its people entered a life of poverty.
In 2000, Alex Wesker arrived on the island, intending to use it as a research site for her t-Phobos Virus experimentation. Leading the people to believe she was a rich businesswoman representing a pharmaceutical corporation, she quickly gained their trust as they saw an opportunity to become wealthy again. Under her assumed governance the quarry was re-opened and the economy was revived.[excerpt 1]
This was all in fact part of Alex's plan. In encouraging people to leave their families for one year of work at the mines, she had the chance to use them as test subjects for experimentation with a long period of time before anyone would notice a missing person. The factory district was completely changed to suit Alex's tastes; when the factory owner objected, she took complete control. In general the townspeople lived in awe of Alex and her Monument and rejected suspicion, though the people at the fishing village became gradually suspicious when their loved ones failed to return. By 2010 Alex needed more test subjects, and began infecting the townspeople with the t-Phobos Virus and giving them bracelets, playing on their gullibility by telling them it was a vaccine for a disease.
The island's Russian name is derived from the Japanese word for existence, zain (ザイン), which was used as shorthand in the Japanese script. "Zain" is a Japanese shorthand for "Existence" and as it is a Russian island, the name translates to "Sushestvovanie" Which has the dual meaning of "Existence" and "Subsistence". In the English localization, the translators instead replaced this with a new name, "Zabytij" (Russian: Забытый), which literally means "Forgotten", presumably because they didn't know the meaning of zain (ザイン). "Sushestvovanie" is the canon name.
- ↑ Excerpt from BIOHAZARD REVELATIONS 2 Concept Guide, p.18:
"バルト海あたりに浮かぶとされる孤島。 かつては炭鉱を中心とした活気のある街があったが、 時代の流れとともに炭鉱は廃山。 島民たちは貧困な生活を余儀なくされた。 そこに現れたアレックス一団による統治と再建によって状況は一変、 島には再び活気が戻ったかに見えた。 現在、 島から人の姿は消え、 地図からも抹消されている。 ある人は、 この島をザイン〜忘れられた島〜と呼ぶ。"
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 BIOHAZARD REVELATIONS 2 Concept Guide, p.18.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Resident Evil Revelations 2 (2015), file: "Town Resident's Memo".
- ↑ Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (2015), file: "Female Villager's Letter".
- ↑ Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (2015), file: "Town Resident's Note".