What’s a dystopian novel without a post-apocalyptic world? Panem might be all that remains of American, but it’s not a place you’d want to live. In case you needed a refresher, Panem is split up into 12 districts (we don’t talk about district 13) and a glittering and wealthy capital city.
Taking a page from The Colbert Report, this ongoing “Better Know a District” series will take a look at the districts that make up the brutal world of The Hunger Games.
Welcome To District 2: Home of the Peacekeepers
Industry: Officially the main industry in the wealthy District 2 is masonry. These strong citizens are known for mining and stone cutting. But most citizens of Panem also know District 2 is where the nation’s Peacekeepers originate. After the rebellion of District 13, District 2 was rewarded with wealth and prosperity for its loyalty to the Capitol. Still, workers in the quarry live under terrible conditions, even though the district is favored by those in power.
The Nut: After the rebellion, the Capitol moved all military operations into District 2. This includes training the Peacekeeper military force, housing hovercraft, and weapons manufacture. All of these military functions are carried out in a hollowed-out mountain previously used for mining. It becomes known to the rebellion forces as “The Nut,” because it’s a hard nut to crack.
Notable Residents: Since District 2 is a career district, most of the tributes make it very late into the Games. For instance, in Katniss’ first time in the Games both Cato and Clove survive late into the competition. Cato is in fact the last survivor before Katniss and Peeta win the Games and is only defeated by the mutts. In the Quarter Quell, both Brutus and Enobaria are fierce competitors. Brutus' strength makes him one of the most dangerous competitors, while Enobaria is so obsessed with being lethal that she has had all her teeth filed into fangs.
Hunger Games Prospects: If you were a Capitol citizen betting on the Games, you’d probably bet on a tribute from District 2. Not only are the residents of this district strong because of their Peacekeeper training and stone masonry, it’s also one of the best career tribute districts. Children in these districts are trained to compete in the Games because it is considered a great honor to be chosen as tribute. For this reason, many of the District 2 tributes have actually volunteered to go into the Games. So it’s not surprising District 2 has one of the largest pools of winners in all of Panem.
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