Taki Bluesinger, Raw Egg Costume (feat. Carole Itter), 1974
I’m a big fan of The Hunger games.
I’m also a big geography buff.
Fortunately, Suzanne Collins has yet to release an official Map of Panem, so I get to have some fun and experiment. Granted, I would probably ignore any official maps anyways.
So here are my first three attempts at a map. They go in chronological order of me creating them, so the most recent one has the most work and thought into it.
So here’s the breakdown of it all, specifically the last one:
-Suzanne has said that Panem rose up after a huge natural disaster. Statistically, that’s after global warming and rising sea levels. Hence the Mexican islands and the changed coastline. In the second map, Florida is actually extended, but that was just my Floridian coming out. And, you notice the tectonic plates have shifted, resulting in California leaving us.
-District 12 is coal and located in Appalachia, so I decided to go super-Appalachia: West Virginia. They also talk about how small it is, so I imagine it being somewhere between the size of a big city and a county.
-The Capitol is described as in or West of the Rockies. I went with in, almost as if they made themselves in a gated community. I imagine it also can’t be terribly huge, but t the same time, I almost imagine pseudo-suburbs extending around it. On second thought, it should probably be smaller.
-District 13 is north of 12 and does graphite mining and nuclear power. It should be separated because of the nuclear, but also to give even more reason as to its current isolation.
-District 11 does non-grain agriculture and is south of 12. To be sustainable for providing food to the whole country, 11 (as well as 10, 9, and 7) has to be pretty damn big. Plus, the size gives it area to produce different crops for the different climates.
-I figured there was probably SOME reasoning as to why they were numbered the way they were. For the most part, there some sort of good line in order of the Districts. The only big discrepancies are 6 to 7 and 7 to 8. But both of those are because of the locations 7 and 9 and where they all fit.
-District 8, they specifically say in Mockingjay, is near the Great Lakes. It (along with 6, 5, 3, and 1) don’t really need to be that big, but I figure I’d give them SOME area.
-District 4 is fishing. Obviously there’s hecka water. I gave them all these islands, as well as some good lakes. They’d also have fresh and saltwater fisheries on top of just naturally catching seafood.
-District 6 is transportation, so it would have to be centralized. That way, all the bullet train rails can go through its massive hub for controls. It would also huge repair and development centers. That’s the thing about 6, 5, 3, and 1; there’d be a need for brains as well as muscles and hands. I also still wonder why an how the Morphlings got their morphling, maybe 6 also does chemicals and medicine.
-District 9 would have to have massive amber waves of grain, but they also mention that it’s filled with factories, so I bet it processes and packages all the food from 10 and 11 as well.
-District 5 is power, so it should be relatively centralized. It has the possibility of being a highly urbanized District, but a futuristic civilization like Panem would make use of solar, wind, and water power. Therefore, 5 would be in the Great Plains, where all if those can be found. It also has the possibility of being large. Maybe I could eat up some of 9 or 10.
-I think the male District 10 was played by an Asian. Wouldn’t that be soooooooo cool if certain Districts were almost entirely of one race. District 11 is already black and that’s awesome.
-District 3 would probably be entirely urbanized. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if the citizens there lived relatively nicely. The technology they probably invented would be used in their daily lives, although there’d definitely be censorship from the Peacekeepers.
-District 1 is close to the Capitol because everything they make only goes there. They should have a direct train link to the Capitol for that purpose. As above, the District would be highly urbanized and the citizens would live nice lives, comparatively. I also gave each District its own capital, which is hinted to in the novels. In 12, the capital would be it, but in 10, few citizens would ever see the capital. As far as The Hunger Games reaping go in big Districts, I would imagine they’d be televised in each of the cities, with live feeds everywhere. I bet they don’t even reap live, they just make it look that way, so they know which city’s camera angles to use.
-Again, District 7 would have to be big, but it would be like 9, in that it would have a mix of harvest and processing. I imagine the factories would be around the center and south of the District. It’d smell terrible there, but elsewhere it’d be awesome. I bet they live in treehouses. Oh, and it’s totally in Canada an the Pacific Northwest, what with all their forests. The railways on the map travel to what I imagined would be important locations in the districts: factories, capitals, points of interest.
-Finally, District 2 is also real close to the Capitol and does police training and non-coal mining. In Mockingjay, they talk about a big city by a huge mountain, and you can see that here. I’m still unsure about the size, I seem to remember them saying it’s big, but I could be wrong, and I can think of reasons as to why it’d be small and big.
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When The Hunger Games was released in 2012, as design critics we found its Francophile fashion, its Frank Gehry-inspired architecture, and its streamlined technology difficult to ignore—or admire. If this was the future, why did the Capitol look like the 1980s? Do we overlook evil if it’s not dressed up like Fascism? Where did Katniss get that perfectly faded housedress? Naturally, when Catching Fire came out last month, we had to go back for more.
Warning: spoilers from both books and both films ahead.
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Delicious #gardentotable salad. Lots of baby spinach & kale, diced cucumber, zucchini, carrot, eggplant, red pepper, pineapple, tomatoes, pomegranate, flax seeds, micro kale greens & nasturtiums. Dressing (not shown) was blended orange, blueberries, date, garlic, & basil.