I have been intrigued by Panem since the beginning of The Hunger Games. For those of you who have yet to read the books, Panem (the fictional country of The Hunger Games) was built up from the remains of North America (from what fate befell it is unknown, however, the area surrounding Panem is completely submerged in water from the west -think California) . Panem was originally comprised of the “shining Capitol and ringed by thirteen districts.” During what are known as the Dark Days, an uprising against the Capitol occurred. Only the first twelve of the thirteen districts remained, with the Capitol as the victor. To assert their control over the people of Panem, the Treaty of Treason was written, forming the Hunger Games as a yearly reminder and punishment for the uprising of the districts.
So, from there you get the basic idea for the plot line of the book/movie. But I digress…what really gets me is that while Suzanne Collins takes great care in creating such an interesting concept, she is very slow and seemingly unwilling to reveal any information about Panem at all. In fact, up until the marketing schematic by Lionsgate occurred, fans were still in the dark on what three of the districts’ industries were, although there is dissent on whether or not these coincide with the information given in the book.
Regardless of any inconsistencies, this is what the official movie site has listed as the districts’ official industries:
District 1: Luxury Items
District 2: Masonry
District 3: Electronics
District 5: Power
District 6: Transportation
District 7: Lumber
District 8: Textiles
District 9: Grain
District 10: Livestock
District 11: Agriculture
District 12: Coal
District 13: Graphite/Nuclear Power
(I couldn’t find this information when accessing the main page, but The Hunger Games’ Wiki page has this and other fantastic resources regarding Panem: http://thehungergames.wikia.com/wiki/Talk:Panem)
In addition to the reveal of the district industries, there will apparently be an “official” map release when The Hunger Games Adventures Game is released. Currently there is only a beta test out, but I would assume it will be released sometime after the theater release, but before the DVD release, to keep the hype alive. (To sign up for the beta test, visit http://www.thehungergamesadventures.com/). What sucks about this is that it is a Facebook game, and I just have this sinking feeling that it’s going to be as draining and obnoxious as every other game on the FB platform.
In the meantime, there are several maps floating around the internet that have been fan created; however there are so many inconsistencies between the maps and the information that the book provides. For instance, as I quoted above, the districts ring the Capitol. Additionally, it is pointed out that the Capitol is set near/in the Rocky Mountains. The Capitol is also a smaller scale region the the others, which is something that is often depicted wrongly in the many fan maps that have been created.
There are many other hints and clues that deductive reasoning could assist with. For example, District 4 is known for fishing and their ability swim. With what we understand about the US today, it would seem that this places District 4 along the southern coastline, possibly rimming the eastern coast of Mexico. Additionally, District 12 is said to be in the Appalachian region. If you take both of these districts into consideration and account for the fact that the districts form a ring around the capitol, this fan map is a very interesting take on what Panem may be envisioned as:
Something else that may lend a clue as to the location of different districts is the interactive movie site (http://thecapitol.pn/) that actually assigns you to a district using your current location. I have Minnesota as my current location; it placed me in District 10, which does match the fan map. It will be interesting to see if this matches up with the official map.
In any case, it will be interesting to see what comes of the persistence of the fans who hope for an official map – without the game that comes along with it. If you have a design for a fan map, or feel like I have overlooked something in my analysis of Panem, comment below or email me at Courtney@TheDailyRotation.com.
Stay tuned for another exciting post tomorrow!
10 days until The Hunger Games