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Sixth Station > Rules and Background Information > 02. Setting

Posted by: Dr. Gemgebralth Taylor Aug 15 2011, 12:14 AM

One hundred years since the end of the Dark Days, the nation of Panem grows with vigor. What once used to be North America is now a single robust country. The residents of Panem fall into thirteen different classes: the Capitol, the richest of the citizens born into wealth and living in great luxury, or the twelve districts, the working folk.

Welcome to Sixth Station, a city in western Panem.

Differences From Book/Movie

Our Panem spans the majority of what used to be North America, but the districts are not separated into concrete sectors with solid boundaries no one may cross. Instead, people are born into their districts and live where their resources are plentiful. Many cities dot the country, and some of them are specific to various districts, but others have citizens of varying districts based upon the needs of the country.

This RP focuses on one city on the west coast of Panem a few miles away from the Capitol. The city is known as “Sixth Station” officially, but often referred to as the City. Residents of all twelve districts live and work here. Most jobs revolve around transporting goods, manufacturing, advertising, research and development, and finance rather than manual labor (ex: working in the fields or in a lumber mill). District residents live in neighborhoods devoted to their district, but shop in central locations. For this reason, district residents find themselves living in relative luxury . . . and, for reasons unknown to the residents, they also have greater risks of being reaped for the Hunger Games.

We chose to alter the setting of Panem and combine the districts in order to enable more RPing opportunity between district residents. Based upon research of data from this RP as well as observations of Hunger Games sites over the years, we determined that allowing people to RP freely makes developing and RPing characters outside of the Hunger Games a more enjoyable process. District residents still remain separated from others in many ways, and although some of them are not always physical, various rights, privileges and responsibilities often create district differences on their own.

Remember, though, that the residents of Panem—Capitol or district—do not know what lies outside of the boundaries of their country.

The Capitol

Life in the Capitol is very much like it is in the books and movies. Lavish living, exciting adventures in food, drink and entertainment, and fashion keep people excited about being a Capitolite. Not all Capitolites are as well off as others, but even the poorer ones are more financially secure and have access to greater technology than the richest district resident.

The Districts

Compare living in the districts to living in a modern first-world country. Most people have food, shelter, and clothing, all have access to public education, and often times people have discretionary income that they can spend on entertainment, pets, and novelties. As far as technology goes, they have access to e-mail, internet, TVs, cell phones, mp3 players, etc.

The main thing to remember, though, is that the people do not have free speech. The government controls what websites exist, what books people publish, and how people communicate. Anyone who facilitates or accesses information that would be considered anti-Panem or anti-government faces grave consequences. Further, travel is limited. People can travel within the limits of the city, but going outside of the city requires special passes. Sometimes people move between cities, and cross-country moves are not unheard of. People are expected to do anything for their district, and if it means moving clear across the known world, they will do it.

What the districts do not have, besides free speech, are things such as reality television. Capitol-approved television programming, from documentaries to dramas, is acceptable. Note that District One is the only district that is allowed to do acting for these sorts of programmes. Many of the products that we have do not exist in Panem, though they have similar counter parts. Things such as Coca Cola, iPads, and Playstations exist, but they aren’t called by those names. Please see [thread] for more information about common products. Also, all products are produced within Panem. They would not be manufactured in, say, Japan.

Characters can move to this city from other areas around the country. Not all places are as nice as this city but some are. It’s possible that characters, particularly lower-district residents, would live in smaller houses. Running water and electricity are readily available, but some families really struggle to make ends meet, or power outages are frequent, or extra income isn’t an option. Not all, mind you. Most live in comfort much like people in modern America.

The Cities and Interaction

The Capitol and this city are in close proximity to each other. This is because the city was built around a transportation hub. They take goods from other areas and transport them to the Capitol. There are some parts of the Capitol where district residents can access for these purposes (ie: warehouses), but the majority is off limits to the district residents. Capitolites are constantly reinforced via subliminal messages in entertainment and society that they are greater than the district residents. Most have never seen a district resident in person. (Capitolites who grow too sympathetic to district residents have a tendency to be involved in freak accidents.)

Hunger Games staff—stylists, escorts, prep team—can travel to the Victor Villages in order to prepare their victors for events. Capitolites, in general, are not allowed to travel to the districts, though most see no reason why they should be there in the first place.

District Breakdown

We have variation from the “official” districts since this site was created before the movie and related information was released. Districts 5, 6, and 9 have different/altered focuses.
    District One - luxury goods
    District Two - stone and architecture
    District Three - electronics and inventions
    District Four - fishing and ocean products
    District Five - inedible plants and wind-based electricity
    District Six - medicines and synthetic materials
    District Seven - lumber and paper products
    District Eight - textiles
    District Nine - processed foods
    District Ten - livestock and water processing
    District Eleven - agricultural products
    District Twelve - mining


Maps are not to scale.*

*There came a point in time in which I realized I was not a gifted cartographer. I hope to have something, er, more userfriendly at some point. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Posted by: Dr. Gemgebralth Taylor Aug 15 2011, 12:15 AM
hold . . . maybe

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