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.
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A Minecraft RPG server set in the world of Suzanne Collins' book series: The Hunger Games.
"Aww dude! Have you been on Panem Forever?"
"Yeah bro. I love seeing children starve to death."
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A Latin Root, to SEIZE THE BREAD
"Lets name our clan "Carpe Panem" because we seize the bread."
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Panem is what Suzan Collins predicts will be America in the future in the trilogy of The Hunger Games
There are 13 districts in Panem, but the thirteenth is destroyed.
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a) bread and circuses in Latin.
b) the main raison d'être of the American media
the Latin phrase panem et circences can also be translated into modern American English as fast food and entertainment (whether it's sports, the movies, bowling, the media, or computer games) rather than bread and circuses as in The Roman Empire
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a) bread and circuses in Latin.
b) the main raison d'être of the American media
As per definitions both a) and b) above the Jodi Arias trial is IMHO nothing more than panem et circences.
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the Latin phrase panem et circences can also be translated into modern American English as fast food and entertainment ( sports, the movies, bowling, the media, or computer games) rather than bread and circuses as in The Roman Empire
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