The Hunger Games [SU/DS] (SUs closed for now)
Panem is a nation established during an unknown time period in a post-apocalyptic world. It is situated primarily on the western side of North America, and the Capitol is located in an area formerly known as the Rocky Mountains.
Panem was run by a single-party dictatorship that was led by President Snow before the second rebellion. It is portrayed to be the dominant society in North America, and no other nations or civilized societies beyond Panem have been mentioned, so it is unknown if any exist at all.
The name Panem derives from the Latin phrase panem et circenses, which literally translates into 'bread and circuses'. The phrase itself is used to describe entertainment used to distract public attention from more important matters. Furthermore, by the government providing ample food and entertainment, the citizens would give up their political rights.
In Panem, the rules were harshly enforced. After The Dark Days, a sadistic, annual event known as The Hunger Games was established.
An unspecified time before the current date, the year previously being 3041, the face of the Earth changed and modern civilization was seemingly destroyed. It is unknown precisely what caused the "end of the world", but major landmasses changed shape as the sea level rose to unknown heights around the planet. Some time after the end of the world as we knew it, a nation was established in North America that would soon come to be known as Panem. It is unknown precisely when Panem was established and how long it has existed, though it is certain that Panem has been around for more than a hundred and twelve years, and it's entirely possible for it to be at least two or three centuries old.
Panem eventually grew large enough that it was segmented into thirteen separate districts, each responsible for producing goods of a particular industry to serve the growing needs of the nation, and all operating under the auspices of Panem's oppressive Capitol. Its exact method of expansion is unknown; it is possible that some of the separate districts may have even once been smaller, separate nations that were eventually annexed by Panem.
Approximately a hundred and twelve years before the events of the current Hunger Games, the various districts of Panem rebelled against the Capitol, primarily due to the oppressive fashion in which the Capitol government ruled over the districts. It is unknown how long the rebellion lasted or the exact number of casualties on either side (although the Capitol claims that for every dead Capitol citizen, two rebels died), but by the end of the conflict, the Capitol had quelled the rebellion, defeating the thirteen districts.
In the wake of the rebellion, the Capitol established the Hunger Games, an annual event in which twenty-four children between the ages of twelve and eighteen, one boy and one girl from each District, are chosen from a lottery and entered into a gladiatorial competition where they must fight each other to the death until either only one remains standing or if only the pair from the same District are left. If only the pair from the same District remains, then they have both won.
The event served two purposes. The first was to demonstrate the overwhelming power the Capitol had over the districts by taking their children by force and forcing them to slay each other in a no-rules competition. It was proof that the Capitol's control over its people was so inexorable and unstoppable that they could do something so sadistic as to force the children of their conquered foes to slay each other in a battle royal. The second purpose was purely for entertainment. The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in the same vein as a reality show, its entrants practically considered celebrities and the events themselves dramatized and glorified.
The Capitol is the biggest city in Panem and serves as the nation's central seat of government. It is located in an area formerly known as the Rocky Mountains and is surrounded by the thirteen outlying districts.
The free residents of the Capitol are generally considered the wealthiest (and most decadent) of all Panem, and the city's prosperity is fueled by the industries and forced labor of the districts beyond. While it is a major territory, it is not considered one of the thirteen districts. The people are most known for their "creative" outfits, and crazy sense of fashion, even to the extent of dying the color of their own skin, or even having whiskers implanted.
The nation of Panem is separated into a total of thirteen nation-states known as districts, all of which are recognized as operational by the Capitol, and each being solely responsible for producing, procuring, or refining goods in a particular industry as dictated by the Capitol. All of the districts are subject to the unrelenting will of the authoritarian Capitol, and have no known influence concerning the national politics of Panem beyond their own individual territories.
The districts barely interact with each other since it was illegal, so each district generally has a unique culture unaffected by the other districts which strongly influenced by the goods it produces. Welfare levels vary significantly, and are often dependent on the goods it produces; some districts, such as 11 and 12, are far more impoverished than wealthier districts like 1,2, and 4, though apparently no district is nearly as wealthy as the Capitol itself. Each District provides something different to the Capitol; for example, District 12 provides coal and District 4 provides fishing.
The Thirteen Districts:
~District One: District 1 is one of the thirteen districts of Panem. Its industry is making luxury items for the Capitol. Due to the nature of its industry, it's considered the wealthiest district, the only other wealthier area being the Capitol itself. It is considered a career district. Little else is known about this district.
~District Two: District 2's seal depicts a block of stone and carving tools. The district's public presentation is that of stone quarries, but it also manufactures weaponry, makes trains, and supplies Peacekeepers, which is another word for 'Guards'. The main military complex in the district is known as The Nut. Citizens of District 2 are sometimes called "the pets" of the Capitol. They are the biggest supporters of the Capitol and therefore are pampered and given many extra conveniences.
~District Three: District 3's primary industry is general electronics of many types, though it is known for also making various mechanical products such as automobiles and firearms. Thus, many of its residents are technically apt. It is not considered a Career district, though District 4 is.
~District Four: District 4's industry is fishing, thus most residents have experience using nets and tridents, making fishhooks from scratch, swimming, and identifying edible sea life. It is considered a Career district.
~District five: District 5's main industry is power and electricity. Therefore, this district is responsibly for generating the power of the entire nation. Some jobs include Plant security officer, Geologist, Equipment manager, System analyst, and Maintenance.
~District Six: District 6's industry is transportation.
~District Seven: District 7's industry is lumber and many of its residents have experience with hatchets, axes, saws, and other tree cutting tools.
~District Eight: District 8's principal industry is the production of textiles, and they have at least one factory that is primarily used for making Peacekeeper uniforms.
~District Nine: District 9's industry is grain. Little is known about this district.
~District Ten: District 10's industry is livestock. Not much is known about this district, but some known information is that its marriage rituals are similar to that of District 4's.
~District Eleven: District 11's industry is agriculture - orchards and fields of grain and cotton surround the district. Almost everything grown is shipped directly to the Capitol. It is one of the poorest districts in Panem, second only to District 12. In addition, it is also one of the districts where the Peacekeepers are the strictest. Ironically, this directly results in its residents generally being malnourished and underfed despite its focus on agriculture.
~District Twelve: District 12 is located somewhere near what was the Appalachian mountains. Its chief industry is coal mining. The district has the distinction of being one of the poorest districts, if not the outright poorest, in all of Panem.
~District Thirteen: District 13's industry is nuclear weapons.
Many of the wealthier districts such as Districts 1, 2 and 4, known as "Career Districts", have a more positive orientation toward the Hunger Games. As residents do not generally face extreme poverty and malnutrition as is done in more impoverished districts, their tributes are generally healthy and strong. In these districts, it is not uncommon for children to volunteer to be tributes, as winning the Games is held in highest regard in these districts. Although it is against the rules of the Games, children in these districts are often specifically raised to participate in the Hunger Games, and thus are trained in the arts of combat and survival. Thus, they are typically known as Career Tribute, or "Careers" for short.
Every year, each District holds a reaping ceremony. Two large glass balls contain slips of paper with each child's first and last name. A child's name is entered each year for every year that they are eligible. The entries are cumulative, and each year another slip is added to the glass ball for the child's aging. Ex: At age 12 one slip has their name, at 13 two slips are added, and so on. By the time each child is 18, they must have a minimum of 7 entries in the glass ball. However, they can choose to add their name more times in exchange for tessera, which is a small ration of oil and grain. Each tessera has enough oil and grain to supply one family member with food for one year.
The District's representative/escort (eg. Sonya Karp for District 12) picks a name out of the balls, one of which is for girls and one for boys. The tributes whose names are chosen are then entered into the Games, unless someone is willing to volunteer - a normally quite rare phenomenon unless it is in one of the "Career Districts" (1, 2, and 4), Districts in which children have been training their whole lives to enter the Games.
When a victor comes home, they are no longer be eligible to participate in the Games even if they are still young enough to have their name drawn in the Reaping. The Reaping ceremony is also treated like a celebration to all Districts. The children dress up and sometimes given gifts to each other. They also tend to celebrate after the Reaping is over, except of course for the children who are chosen who are busy saying their goodbyes.
Each tribute is allowed one token from their District, to represent and remind them of home. They must not be able to be used as weapons. They are very carefully examined and checked for any hidden triggers. In the 74th Hunger Games, Glimmer, the female tribute from District 1, had her token, a ring, confiscated because it carried a hidden poisoned spike. Katniss's token was a golden pin given to her by Madge Undersee, showing a Mockingjay in the 74th Hunger Games. It was almost confiscated because some people believed that it could be used as a weapon. It is mentioned that several years prior to the 74th Hunger Games, one girl's token was a small wooden ball which she dropped while on her starting plate, activating the mine underneath her feet. Katniss said that "they literally had to scrape bits of her off the ground'.
As tributes battle in the arena, quite often they can become helpless (ex. Peeta Mellark with blood poisoning). This is simply because of the Cornucopia bloodbath since the tributes are fighting over the items they need to win the Hunger Games. Many of the tributes are left with limited or no items they wanted from the Cornucopia. Wealthy viewers or groups of people can pool their funds and send items into the arena should a tribute need something, such as food, shelter, weapons, or medicine. In the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss received burn medicine and food - most notably a loaf of bread from District 11 that she assumes was intended for an ally named Rue before her death. Katniss is extremely touched by this unheard of gesture as never before has a tribute received a gift from another District.
The bloodbath is what starts the excitement in the Games. On average, roughly half of the tributes die at the initial battle that takes place at the Cornucopia, near the starting point of the games. Spilling from the Cornucopia and strewn on the ground among the tributes are various items including weapons, food, water, and other supplies. Some tributes venture into the opening scramble for these valuable items, while others use it as part of their strategy for slaughter.
The Cornucopia is a giant, golden horn, shaped like a cone with a curved tail. In each year's Hunger Games, the tributes launch into the arena and start off in a circular formation, equidistant to the Cornucopia. Its mouth is at least 20 feet high and is filled with items that could help the tributes survive in the Games such as weapons, clothing, fire starters, supplies, containers, water, food, blankets, and medicine. A lot of the deaths happen right in the beginning when the tributes fight each other to the death to get the best items.
Alliances are an important aspect of the Games, as tributes ensure their survival by having allies watch their back in the arena. Alliances generally break apart near the end of the Games so the members are not forced to kill each other after. A common alliance in the Games is the one between the Career Tributes of districts 1, 2 and 4, who work together to take down every other tributes until their alliance is all that remains, and then they rip each other apart, much to the pleasure of the Capitol. Alliances are most often formed between tributes that are from the same district.
A mentor is a victor of a past Hunger Games who must train subsequent tributes from their District. There are no gender restraints; a male victor can train a female tribute and vice versa. There can be two male mentors, both a male and a female mentor, or two female mentors, though usually there is one female and one male.
Though victors are not required to either go to school nor work in their District's industry, they are required to work as mentors who train their District's tributes that follow after them the rest of their lives.
Mentors prepare their tributes for life in the arena, give them tips on strategy and help prepare them for their public interviews. A mentor is also crucial in helping procure sponsors for their tributes as well as having the power over the gifts that go into the arena for their tributes and when they are sent in.
Each mentor lives in the Victors' Village, a small part of every District that is made especially for the victors of the games. The houses are luxurious and filled with goodies that the rest of the District's people do not have.
Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor! Let the 112th Hunger Games begin!
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~Me- Ashley Mellark, Jeremy Mellark and Caroline Hawthorne.
~DarkAmethyst- Caitlyn Walker, Michael Knight, Ichiru Kagami and Kiseki Kagami.
~Brainiac- Indigo Tsubaki
~Kaioo- Keiru Kozaka, Amelia Kozaka, Christian Wright and Brandon Lockhart
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~District One: Girl Taken by Kaioo (Amelia Kozaka). Boy Taken by Kaioo (Keiru Kozaka).
~District Two: Girl Taken by Phantasm.Angel (Auram Ubralles). Boy Taken by DarkAmethyst (Michael Knight)..
~District Three: Girl Taken by Brainiac (Indigo Tsubaki). Boy Taken by DarkAmethyst (Ichiru Kagami).
~District Four: Girl Taken by me (Caroline Hawthorne). Boy Taken by DarkAmethyst (Kiseki Kagami).
~District Five: Girl Available. Boy Available.
~District Six: Girl Available. Boy Available.
~District Seven: Girl Taken by DarkAmethyst (Caitlyn Walker). Boy Available.
~District Eight: Girl Available. Boy Available.
~District Nine: Girl Available. Boy Taken by Kaioo (Christian Wright).
~District Ten: Girl Available. Boy Taken by Kaioo (Brandon Lockhart).
~District Eleven: Girl Available. Boy Taken by Phantasm.Angel (Victus).
~District Twelve: Girl Taken by me (Ashley Mellark). Boy Taken by me (Jeremy Mellark).
~District Thirteen: Girl Available. Boy Taken by me (Matt Wilson).
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