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The Hunger Games - What Does Panem Look Like

The Hunger Games - What Does Panem Look Like

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Published by Aprill Ralowicz
The Hunger Games is a fascinating story about North America which becomes Panem. "The Hunger Games" describes an annual fight to death on live TV.
The Hunger Games is a fascinating story about North America which becomes Panem. "The Hunger Games" describes an annual fight to death on live TV.

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Published by: Aprill Ralowicz on Jan 20, 2012
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 ==== ====Hello from Rosalie. The Hunger Games is a fascinating story. North America gave way to thenation of Panem. The 12 districts surrounding Panem were eventually defeated by Panem. As atruce, every year, each district would send one boy and one girl to appear in an event called, "TheHunger Games". They would fight on live TV until they died. The main rule of the game is "kill orbe killed".http://apsense.cc/911f62 ==== ====The Hunger Games trilogy is set in some indeterminate time in the future...a time after greatdisasters and droughts. Early in the Hunger Games, Mayor Undersee reads the history of Panem(an annual ritual at the Reapings). It reads: "He lists the disasters, the droughts, the storms, thefires, the encroaching seas that swallowed up so much of the land, the brutal war for what littlesustenance remained. The result was Panem, a shining Capitol ringed by thirteen districts..." Some details are provided about the nature of some of the districts, but it's hard to get a visual onwhat Panem is like, how big it is and how vast (or not) the districts themselves may be. Panem, weknow is located in North America. There are now only 12 districts (district 13 having beendestroyed) where there used to be 30 states and provinces. We know that District 12 is small witha population of 8,000. It feels like everybody knows each other, and most residents can fit in thepublic square during reapings. The only buildings we hear about in The Hunger Games andCatching Fire are courthouses, mayor's homes and government buildings. There are noskyscrapers, large downtowns or suburban sprawl anymore. All the major cities could have beencompletely destroyed. But while the districts might be small, it seems the land in which they reside is still quite large. Weknow the trains that take Katniss and Peeta around Panem travel at 250 mph. We also know thatDistrict 7 and District 10 are en route from District 12 to the Capitol. Here are some notes I'vecompiled about the things we know about Panem, the districts and some of the people who livethere. Capitol It says explicitly in The Hunger Games that the Capitol is in the Rocky Mountains. As in theother districts, it is likely that people in this area are named by the things around them. Forexample, mountains are snow-capped, giving us President Snow. District 1 - Luxury Items - This district is known for supplying the Capitol with its luxury goods. Theboy tribute, Marvel, is killed by Katniss (her first kill) and he killed Rue. The girl, Glimmer, is killedby tracker jacker stings. District 2 - Industry unknown - however the two tributes are Clove and Cato. Clove is a spicegrown from a specific evergreen that only grows in warm climates, native to humid areasspecifically. Cato is killed when Katniss shoots his hand and Peeta pushes him into the horn ofcornucopia and he falls. The muttations feed on him all night until Katniss finally shoots him to puthim out of his misery. Clove is killed by Thresh, saving Katniss's life.
 District 3 - Factories, electronics and explosives. Wiress & Beetee, as well as the boy who re-creates the land mines in the Hunger Games, are from District 3. The boy tribute (name notknown) was killed by Cato because he did his job a bit too well setting up the mines from theplatforms to protect supplies. Girl (also unnamed) dies on first day. District 4 - Fishing. Tributes from this district excel at swimming, and it is indicated they come froma warm climate (Finnick is shirtless much of the time). In The Hunger Games the boy tribute diesthe first day at Cornucopia. The girl was killed from Katniss dropping the tracker jacker hive/neston her. District 5 - Industry unknown - The boy tribute dies on the first day. Peeta kills Foxface accidentallywith poisonous berries. District 6 - Industry unknown - what we do know is that in Catching Fire, Twill and Bonnie, wereable to jump the train outside District 6 and walk in a matter of days to District 12. This means itwould have to be reasonably close to District 12. Both tributes from District 6 died on the first day. District 7 - Lumber/Trees - nothing is really known about this district. Both tributes died on the firstday of the Hunger Games. Johanna Mason though, is dressed as a tree for the parade before theQuarter Quell. District 8 - Textiles/Clothing - In Catching Fire we meet the refugees from District 8, Twill andBonnie, names that coincide with the main industry of their district. They describe it as being"chilly". Katniss remembers that it was an "ugly, urban place...with no chance to learn the ways ofnature." District 9 - Generates Electricity - The boy tribute died the first day. The girl died on the morning ofthe second day; she was the one who lit the fire under/near Katniss's's tree and led the Careers toher. District 10 - Livestock / Cattle - Katniss mentions that the District 10 tributes are dressed as cowswith glowing belts. It's unknown how the boy tribute died, but it was in the morning of the dayKatniss blows up the Careers' supplies. The girl tribute died on the first day. District 11 - Agriculture/Orchards - Rue specifically cites orchards, and climbing trees. Whentraveling to District 11 on the Victory Tour, Katniss observes an extreme temperature difference -the snow where she is from against it being quite warm in winter. Katniss also wonders how farsouth they've traveled on the train. Cato kills Thresh while the District 1 boy kills Rue. District 12 - Coal Mining - This district is described as being in the area formerly known asAppalachia. The district is also pretty compact compared to some others with a population of just8,000 people. There is one big clue to where district 12 might be, that we don't get from readingthe book, but from listening to Suzanne Collins read it. She reads Katniss with a southern accent. District 13 - Graphite Mining / Nuclear Power - There is speculation that some of the inhabitantsmay have moved underground after the district was destroyed. It is also described as once beingthe furthermost district, beyond District 12 (in its absence, District 12 is described as "the end of

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