Perhaps the most well-researched map ever of The Hunger Games' Panem

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Part of the fun of Suzanne Collins' dystopian Hunger Games series is trying to figure out where in North America the districts of the future nation of Panem are located. One Hunger Games fan took a crack at mapping the fictional country, looking not only at information in the book, but also tectonic plate formations and possible ways huge swaths of the continent might flood.


There's a spoiler in here for folks who haven't finished the second book.

V. Arrow, also known as aimmyarrowshigh, isn't just a Hunger Games fan; she's a Hunger Games enthusiast, and author of Smart Pop's The Panem Companion: An Unofficial Guide to Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games, due out in December. In an attempt to better understand Collins' world, Arrow decided to map out Panem's thirteen districts.


Arrow put a great deal of thought into the layout of her Panem, and came up with some fun musings on geography and when considering the rising North American sea levels:

I chose to center part of the cataclysm in the Gulf of Mexico as a tectonic shift and moved the Yucatan Peninsula, rather than sinking it. Mostly this is because I ♥ Finnick/Annie and wanted them to have a little island for the D4 Victor's Village. Plus, it doesn't really alter the topography of any other District, so hey! :P

While feasible, it wasn't really jelling for me. badguys [her collaborator] brought up that there would be a natural floodbreak at the Sierra Nevadas and, likely, the Grand Canyon. (Incidentally this went into a long discussion about the Mississippi River being the dam that broke in the 70th Games, but that's not really pertinent!)

Illustration for article titled Perhaps the most well-researched map ever of emThe Hunger Games/em Panem

It's a entertaining read, and Arrow makes a good argument for her Panem map. Alas, it seems that in the Hunger Games future, my house is securely underwater.


The Fall of North America and the Rise of Panem [via mental_floss]

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Ms B. Having

I think the Districts are a lot smaller than this map suggest, since, you know, the residents of district 12 for example don't own cars or anything alike. I thought the Districts were small patches of civilisation surrounded by a huge fence that seperates them from the wilderness outside (and of course each other) and makes it easier for the Capitol to prevent contact between the different Districts.