What is the Hunger Games


Panem is a country that emerged from the ruins of North America. It consists of 12 districts and a capital called the Capitol. Since the dark days and the uprising of the districts, the Hunger Games were introduced. The name Panem is derived from the Latin "panem et circenses"[1] derived, which means something like "bread and games".

Form of governmentdictatorship
Head of stateCoriolanus Snow
EventsHunger Games, Tour of the Winner
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History [edit | Edit source]

The country of Panem emerged from the rubble of North America, which was devastated by droughts, storms, fires, floods and other natural disasters, but also subsequently by a brutal human war for the remaining food. To put an end to this, the country of Panem was founded. It consisted of 13 districts, whose job it was to provide the Capitol (the capital) with food, coal and other essentials. For this purpose, each district was assigned its own branch of industry, so that each district had to deliver certain materials and goods. But after a while there were violent uprisings called "the dark days". The people in the individual districts did not like the way of government.

The rebellion was initiated by District 13. It did not succeed because the Capitol could only be reached by air and a complicated tunnel system. At the time of the rebellion, Panem did not have such well-developed air forces as there are now. All rebels of the Capitol's Air Force fell victim to the attempt to cross the great mountain behind which the Capitol is built. The tunnel system was also unknown to anyone among the rebels, which made it really difficult to lead the rebellion into the Capitol. The Capitol fought against the rebels and defeated 12 districts, so they gave up. The 13th district was allegedly completely destroyed. But District 13 threatened the Capitol with a devastating nuclear strike if they attacked the district. Therefore, the Capitol wants to leave District 13 alone as long as the district pretends not to exist. After the districts lost the war, there was a so-called high treason treaty, which said that such a war should never take place again. To remind the districts of the defeat in the uprising and to demonstrate its power, the Capitol held the Hunger Games annually.

The districts Edit source]

There are 13 districts in Panem. Number 13 was reportedly destroyed by the Capitol, so no survivors were suspected there. That is why the half-destroyed judicial building of District 13 was shown for years, but on closer inspection you can see that they always show the same picture.

Hunger Games Edit source]

Every year, a girl and a boy between the ages of 12 and 18 from each of the 12 districts are drawn from a glass ball using sealed name cards. They have to fight to the death for days and weeks in an open-air arena, which can be any type of terrain, until there is only one participant left. The games are televised across Panem and residents of the districts are forced to watch every death and celebrate the Hunger Games as a festival. In the Capitol, the Hunger Games are one of the most important events of the year.

Just like in some districts, bets are made here. If special events take place in the arena, schools in Panem will also be closed so that no one misses it. The "inventors" of the Hunger Games have planned something very special in advance for every 25 years. from District 12) became the winner, twice the number of tributes was put into the arena, i.e. 48 and at the 75th Hunger Games, the tributes were drawn from the existing circle of winners.

With the Hunger Games, the Capitol demonstrates its power every year and reminds the districts that an uprising like the one that took place years ago must not be repeated. At the same time, they serve as entertainment for the residents of the Capitol.

Naming [edit | Edit source]

The name Panem comes from the Latin expression "Panem et circenses", which translates as "bread and games". It is an expression of the Roman poet Juvenal, who criticized the fact that the Roman people were satisfied with food and entertainment and did not want to exhaust their possibilities with regard to the distribution of power. (populum Romanum duabus praecipue rebus, annona et spectaculis, teneri)

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