Seal of the Capitol from The Hunger Games.
Written by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games is a trilogy of Young Adult novels that combines elements of science fiction, dystopian literature, and the archetypal hero’s journey. Through a series of natural disasters and fierce competition for power and resources, North America has been reborn as nation called Panem. Seventy-four years prior to the start of the series, a major rebellion by the citizens of Panem was quashed by the government, who then assumed an unprecedented level of control over the population; the lives of citizens are rigidly monitored, many people live in poverty, and dissent is severely punished.
Even more brutal than such repressions is the annual competition known as the Hunger Games: Panem is divided into twelve administrative regions, or districts. As punishment for the aforementioned rebellion, each district is required to annually select one young man and one young woman to serve as “tributes”. The twenty-four tributes are then sent to the Capitol – the large city where the government is based – and thrown into a high-tech, gladiator-like arena, where they must battle to the death until only one remains. Broadcast on live television throughout the nation, the Hunger Games serves as equal parts entertainment and political propaganda, reminding the districts of the Capitol’s power and keeping them divided, preventing another rebellion. However, this system of repression is changed forever when a young woman named Katniss Everdeen participates in the Hunger Games; not only will she change the competition, but Panem itself will be turned irrevocably upside-down, never to be the same again.
After Collins’ novels were adapted into a series of four feature films, the subsequent tie-in media created an official seal for each district that represented their industry. Although the Capitol is mentioned as having an official seal in the novels, it is never specifically described, so one was created for it in the same vein as the districts. Since the nation of Panem is a reborn form of post-apocalyptic North America, the seal of the Captiol is based on imagery from the country’s past; specifically the bald eagle, which appears on the seals of many North American states and national organizations, such as military branches.
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