So…this is not from a particular spot in the books, just a question reading THG books make me think about whenever I read them.
Panem is said to have formed from the ashes of an apocalypse in North America. And I’ve ALWAYS wondered what cased this apocalypse it could have been, and if Panem is truly the only surviving civilization?
From what I remember, neither had been touched on. Correct me on that if I am wrong, and I very well may be…but. Still, what happed to North America that CHANGED the map? Personally, I only have ideas, but I want to see if we can get talking about this CX.
If I had to say, for some reason, I’d say it was something like Nuclear War(again, this is a thought only, I honestly have little to no evidence supporting this). My only reasoning for this is that there’s not much else, short of Global Warming melting the ice cap- at which point Earth would be inhabitable- besides Nuclear Weapons that would change the geology like it apparently had by the time we are introduced to it.
I don’t think anything- like pandemics, economics collapse or other apocalypse- causing situation would make the sea rise and change the shape of the earth.
Also it makes me wonder weather or not Panem was the only surviving group of people? The population of Panem, from what I’ve seen is around a million. There are 7 billion people on earth now…perhaps there is another civilization that survived?
Like I said, I honestly wanted to hear other opinion on this! For something so big about how the setting and country the story is set up in, we know surprisingly little about it? Forgive bad grammar and spelling, this is being typed SUPER late, and I tried to edit but I am honestly tired.