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In Suzanne Collins's 'The Hunger Games', Panem, formerly known as North America, is a country split into 14 districts. Districts 1-13, and the Capitol.
The Capitol rules Panem.
District 13 was apparently destroyed in the first rebellion against the Capitol.
This left only 12 disticts under the Capitol.

Panem comes from "Panem et circenses" which means "bread and entertainment", this is a metaphor of political creation of public approval.
In 'the Hunger Games', Panem is the country ruled by the terribly corrupt Capitol. It is where the Games take place.
by hyphens_attack December 29, 2011