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Things You Didn't Know About The Fall Of Panem

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Vote up the most interesting lore details about the 'Hunger Games' world.

The Hunger Games series is one of the most successful film franchises to have been adapted from young adult books, along with the likes of the Harry Potter franchise. The story spans three books and four movies, ending with Mockingjay, which brings Katniss Everdeen's adventures to a close. While Katniss's struggles are well known, it's worth learning more about the backstory that led to Panem being the way it was. 

Panem fell for a certain amount of time as a result of the First Rebellion, when the districts attempted to revolt against the Capitol - and there are many important details related to this event. Fans of the movie series will probably not be aware of the majority of these fun facts, which provide more context for major plot points and help us learn more about Panem's first major war.

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    Panem Was Created Because The Rest Of The World Fell

    Panem Was Created Because The Rest Of The World Fell
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    Panem was created as a result of the violence that spread across the world when climate change caused resources to dwindle - it led to a global nuclear war that decimated North America.

    Panem was the first civilization to be formed following a long period of catastrophic events that had forced people to escape into small communities. The Capitol and the districts were formed after the world had recovered enough for people to return to the surface.

     

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    Panem Was Led By President Ravinstill When The Rebellion Began

    Panem Was Led By President Ravinstill When The Rebellion Began
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    Ravinstill is identified as the president of Panem in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, which is set during the 10th Hunger Games. Ravinstill's presence goes much further back - he was also the president in the time before the Dark Days.

    Ravinstill was thus responsible for the way in which the First Rebellion played out, and factored into the many calamities that took place during the conflict. 

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    The Capitol Population Dealt With Starvation For Two Years

    The Capitol Population Dealt With Starvation For Two Years
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    The Capitol was under siege constantly for the last two years of the conflict, which prevented any resources from coming inside the area. This meant that citizens didn't have access to any supplies and had to use their rations.

    Food began to run out near the end of the rebellion, and many resorted to eating other people to sustain themselves. Others bartered their items of value in exchange for whatever food they could find.

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    The Treaty Of Treason Was Made Mandatory For Every District After The End Of The Rebellion

    The Treaty Of Treason Was Made Mandatory For Every District After The End Of The Rebellion
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    The Capitol enacted the Treaty of Treason to ensure the districts didn't plan another uprising - the treaty contained laws the districts had to follow or face the Capitol's punishment.

    Each district's mayor was required read the treaty to mark the beginning of every Hunger Games because it served as a reminder of the Dark Days. The treaty was designed in such a way that the districts would remain permanently divided in order to prevent future rebellions.

     

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    The Rebels Lost Because They Couldn't Navigate The Capitol's Mountainous Terrain

    The Rebels Lost Because They Couldn't Navigate The Capitol's Mountainous Terrain
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    The districts had a chance to win the First Rebellion had they not made the ill-fated decision to go all-out in their attack of the Capitol. The lack of food and resources heavily depleted the Capitol to the point where its citizens started to fight each other, but the rebels decided to arrive there personally.

    The decision cost the districts dearly because they had no idea how to scale the Capitol's surrounding mountainous terrain - the Capitol forces easily managed to locate their enemies and launched aerial attacks on the vulnerable rebels.

     

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    District 13 Provided The Weapons For The Other Districts

    District 13 Provided The Weapons For The Other Districts
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    District 13 was located in a zone that made it fit for mining weaponized materials; this enabled it to craft weaponry of all kinds. District 13 was also a center for nuclear weapons, technology, and science, and it used all of them in the rebellion.

    The rest of the districts didn't have the resources to come up with weapons that could threaten the Capitol, so they relied on District 13 to provide them.

     

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