First of all I'd like to nominate this thread to @Electric Jesus and @PINNAZ, as their past comments in posts of many years old unconsiously inspired me about a lot of the following content. Also, allow me to copy-paste parts of a short intro about the Hanford area I wrote a while back to get into the atmosphere:
Hanford Site, WA
Tranzit, as all of you might know, takes place in Hanford, Washington State, USA. The shape of the Columbia river, the roads and the railway are astonishing corresponding.
Hanford was, and actually still is, an American scientific-military facility. Lets go back to the origins of the Hanford Works. In 1943, in the midst of World War II, the United States launched the construction of nuclear facilities in the area of the small town of Hanford. For the sake of winning the war, Hanford’s citizens were said to be relocated to new living areas and the area became fully restricted to enter. However, many citizens disappeared, not to be found ever again. Huge concrete constructions raised from the ground, miles of road and railway were created, and four electrical substations were built. So-called ‘tank farms’ appeared, which had a function in storing radioactive waste: Large, partly underground, waste cylinders. We can actually see a few in the Farm part of Tranzit, with 'infected' written in Cyrillic on it.
Hanford had become a massive top-secret nuclear research facility, mainly focussed on forming plutonium. Subsequently, the area became extremely polluted with many types of hazardous elements and chemicals. It was in the drinking water of not only the workers, but also the citizens who lived some miles away. In their blood. In their cells. And many of them died not old.
Two years later, 1945: Germany capitulated, and after the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan (of which as a matter of fact, one was created in the Hanford Works) the Second World War ended and the era of the Cold War had started.
The United States faced a new strategic threat in the rise of the Soviet nuclear weapon program, also possessing the remnants of Group 935, and it expanded the Hanford Site.
As the the nations were not merely in a space- and nuclear arms race, they were involved in a shadow race for element 115 as well. However, the US's 115 deposit in Nevada and Japan was limited, and since Griffin Station was overrun by the undead, they had to find a way to gain more of the element in order to continue this arms race against the Soviets. @Monopoly Mac came with the idea that the Hanford Site might have been a location where scientists, for the first time, succeeded in artificially creating the element. With help of their experience in nuclear and atomic research, as well as having the support of several ex-935'ers obtained through Operation Stapler, this American scientific organisation was able to generate 115. The barn at Farm has boxes with scratched off signs, possibly storing the element. By 1963, the Hanford Campus was home to nine nuclear reactors along the Columbia River, five reprocessing plants on the central plateau, and more than 900 support buildings and radiological laboratories around and underneath the site. It did nit only focussed itself on forming plutanion anymore, but ununpentium as well. Coincidentally, this was also the year the Broken Arrow gained approval to start...
Green Run (1946-1962)
Green Run was a secret US Government release of radioactive fission products in the populated area around Hanford, starting in 1946 and continued till at least 1962, when more experiments commenced. The purpose of Green Run was to test methods of detecting radiation from the Soviet Union’s nuclear weapons programs, since the released radioisotopes were supposed to be detected by the US Air Force reconnaissance. This unethical human experimentation led to the death of many more local civilians. But the experimentation didn’t stop at “merely” releasing the radioactive isotopes of iodine, plutonium, uranium and xenon in the area. As the facilities secretly generated Element 115 as well, much of this was leaked in the soil and water too, possibly with the purpose of testing how the Air Force could localize Soviet facilities working with 115.
Hanford Sanatorium and MKAlpha
The doctor-like zombie character models in Green Run wear a sign with 'Hanford Sanatorium' written on it. A sanatorium is a medical facility for long-term illness, most typically associated with treatment of tuberculosis, in the late-19th and 20th century before the discovery of antibiotics. In the United States, especially the West Coast became a popular spot for sanatoria. In 1910, tent cities began to pop up in different areas in this region, some described as places of squalor and shunned by most local citizens. Hanford is not confirmed to have had a for the outside world known sanatorium, but the fact that it isn't registered doesn't mean there never was any.
Now all zombie models in Tranzit, whether it are doctors, patients or citizens, share a common feature: a wound in their backs, as well as their collars. James C. Burns, the voice actor of sergeant Frank Woods, told us to look at these identical wounds, hinting that it has a reason it is there. These imply that the undead were released from a hospital: the Hanford Sanatorium! It is most likely that the patients, as well as the locals from Town, were experimented upon. Why their backs and collars? It seems like the doctors were performing surgery in their spine, as well as their brain, to control cerebral function. The fact that they are now undead means that Element 115 was also included in these experiments. It could even be possible that the facility's leaking of 115, the infecting of the patients, was done for this purpose. The scientists could be trying to create a new undead super soldier army, or this whole experiment could have been part of Broken Arrow's Project MKAlpha, control over the brain through the usage of 115. MKAlpha was part of Operation MKUltra, the CIA's mind control program. This Operation included methods of brainwash due to physicial, mental, sexual torture, hypnosis and drug use, and the testsubjects were often illegally aqcuired. Several ex-Nazi scientists and investigation, taken during Operation Paperclip, also participated in MKUltra. Operation MKAlpha was a sub-project of this, investigating the use of Element 115 concerning this matter.
"Ahh... The sleepy town of Hanford, Washington State. Where normal people go about their mundane lives in peace. Where nothing of note ever happens. If only it had stayed that way. One fateful night, the entire population of the town and its surrounds vanished - without so much as a trace." - Remnant tour guide
Perhaps Hanford was their testing ground. And imagine the entire population of the United States doing as they wish. Imagine all the citizens of the Soviet Union doing as they wish! What Broken Arrow was researching here, was world domination.