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"Known for its bountiful orchards, District 11's workers spend their days among rustling fruit trees and sizeable farms."
―Description from The Hunger Games: Tribute Guide[src]

District 11 is one of the thirteen districts of Panem. Its main industry is agriculture,[1] and the land is covered with orchards, fields, and herds of dairy cattle.[2] District 11 also seems to be one of the poorer districts; almost everything the people produce goes to the Capitol, and Katniss Everdeen describes the local housing as poor, even compared to the Seam in District 12.[2] Despite their near-starvation, if any citizen of District 11 is caught eating any of the crops, they are whipped in public. The inhabitants typically have dark brown skin, as exemplified by Rue, Thresh, and Chaff (Seeder, who is described in the novels as having olive skin, is a notable exception).

Jobs

The following jobs are offered in District 11:

  • Sorter
  • Irrigator
  • Farmhand
  • Harvester
  • Gardener

Government and Security

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The fence surrounding District 11.

"Hearing this, District 12 feels like some kind of safe haven. Of course, people keel over from starvation all the time, but I can't imagine the peacekeepers murdering a simple-minded child."
―Katniss[src]
The Capitol's control over District 11 is extremely strict, due to the district's importance as a major food supplier. The fence surrounding the district is thirty feet high and topped with razor wire. It has metal ground plates to prevent anyone digging beneath, and guard towers evenly spaced along it. The fence is always electrified so the citizens cannot escape, unlike District 12, where their fence is almost never turned on.
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District 11 citizens saluting Katniss Everdeen after the death of Rue.

In addition to the heavily guarded fence, the local government is known for being harsh and cruel: When Katniss and Peeta visited the district on their Victory Tour, they witnessed an old man being executed by Peacekeepers simply for whistling Rue's four note tune- though this may have been brought on by the fact that he instigated a public salute to the two victors, who had blatantly defied the Capitol to so that they could both win the Hunger Games.Two more gunshots were heard afterwards, suggesting that the Peacekeeper's then turned on the crowd.[2]
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The unidentified man about to be shot and killed.

Execution also seems to be a punishment for even minor offences: Rue mentioned that a boy named Martin was once killed for trying to keep a pair of night- vision goggles in order to play with them, even though he "wasn't right in the head" and didn't mentally understand what he was doing. If any worker was caught stealing crops, they were whipped in public, a common occurrence that Rue described the Mayor as being very strict on. In general, the Capitol tried to keep a tighter grip on District 11 because its industry and products were vital to the Capitol's existence.

Location

According to Suzanne Collins, District 11 is near Atlanta. It appears to be south of District 12, because its weather was comfortably warm while snow was falling in 12. This warm weather would lengthen District 11's growing season and provide an ideal climate for growing food.

Relation to The Games

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Katniss saluting District 11.

Since the inhabitants of District 11 are typically poor and underfed, tributes for the Hunger Games face significant disadvantages. However, some have occupational skills that are useful in the arena; due to her small size, Rue was often sent to pick fruit from the highest branches in the orchards, and thus could easily move between tall trees without attracting attention. Others, like Thresh, were extremely large, muscular, and strong because their jobs involve great physical labor. Both Rue and Thresh were able to recognize edible plants that other tributes might not have noticed, and Rue could also identify and use medicinal plants (these last abilities would likely be shared by many District 11 tributes).

During the 74th Games (in the film), after Rue's death was shown, a riot was started in District 11.

Known Tributes

District 11 Tributes

District 11 Tributes, 74th Hunger Games

  • Chaff - Killed by Brutus in the 75th Hunger Games, Victor of the 45th Hunger Games. He placed 8th out of 24th.
  • Seeder - Died during the bloodbath of the 75th Hunger Games.
  • Rue - Placed 7th in the 74th Hunger Games. Killed by Marvel.
  • Thresh - Placed 5th (book), 4th (film) in the 74th Hunger Games.

Way of Life

District 11 specializes in agriculture. There are many tracker jacker nests in the district, causing workers to keep medical leaves on hand. In the orchards small children are sent to high branches to pick the highest fruits. They work long hours: from sunrise to sunset, the people work the fields to send food off to the Capitol. The signature bread from this district is a dark, crescent-shaped roll dotted with seeds.

During the harvest they often work until well after dark, using torchlight and night vision goggles. District 11 is many times larger than District 12. The citizens of District 11 live in small shacks. The people of this district are described as having "dark hair and dark skin". Due to this, they may be of African American, Latin American, Native American, or South Asian decent. However, due to the location of District 11 being confirmed by Suzanne Collins as "the Deep South" it is likely that they are mostly African American, or of Latin American decent.

Trivia

  • District 11 is possibly the biggest district which is not a surprise because they would need a big space for farm/garden, also it is shown they travel through a lot on the train to the square.
  • In the 74th Hunger Games, District 11 has both the tallest tribute (Thresh), and both smallest and youngest tribute (Rue).
  • All known tributes from District 11 have names related to plants/agriculture: Rue is the name of an herb with a small yellow flower; Thresh is a reference to "threshing", part of processing harvested grain; Seeder could be a reference to "seeding" (i.e. planting a field); and Chaff is the outer hull of grain that is often removed during the refining process.
  • After being the 2nd - 4th districts (eventually the 2nd) to pry from the Capitol's rule, communications went out in Districts 3, 7, and 12 to rebel. Afterwards, District 11 sends food to rebelling districts in hopes of winning the war.
  • According to the Capitol.PN, District 11 has a cultivated acreage of 12 with a population of 138,546, making it the fourth largest district, in terms of population.
  • According to the Capitol.PN, District 11 claims 822,568 in tesserae, making it the second most impoverished district.
    • If the population is 138,546 and they claim 822,568 tesserae, it would equal to 5.937 tesserae per person, making it the 10th richest District.
  • As shown in Mockingjay Part 1, District 11's citizens are dressed in physical attire resembling that of the Antebellum South.

References

  1. The Hunger Games, Chapter 5
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Catching Fire, Chapter 4
The Hunger Games trilogy
Novels The Hunger GamesCatching FireMockingjay
Main Characters Katniss EverdeenPeeta MellarkGale HawthorneHaymitch AbernathyEffie Trinket
Supporting Characters Primrose EverdeenPresident SnowCinnaMrs. EverdeenMr. EverdeenPresident CoinClaudius TemplesmithMadge UnderseePaylorPlutarch HeavensbeeSeneca Crane
Tributes MarvelGlimmerCatoCloveFoxfaceThreshRueMaysilee DonnerTitus
Past Victors GlossCashmereLymeBrutusEnobariaBeetee LatierWiressFinnick OdairMagsAnnie CrestaMorphlingsBlightJohanna MasonWoofCeceliaChaffSeeder
Groups RebellionGamemakersPrep teamTributesVictors
Locations PanemThe CapitolDistrict 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13
Behind the Scenes Suzanne CollinsGary RossFrancis Lawrence
Films The Hunger GamesCatching FireMockingjay - Part 1Mockingjay - Part 2

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