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The long-in-progress D9 Combine Driver Revolutionary is up on AO3 now. You know, in case you're curious what all the long-winded highly-nerdy explorations of D9 worldbuilding actually turned into, or if you, like me, wanted to know what the normal people of Panem were doing while the Victors did their thing.

Tractors turning the multiple furrows in the vacant land (18169 words) by kawuli
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hunger Games Trilogy - Suzanne Collins, Hunger Games Series - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: OFC/OFC
Characters: Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark
Additional Tags: Canon Compliant, District 9 (Hunger Games), The Grapes of Wrath - Freeform, POV-Original Character, canonical violence, 74th Hunger Games, Mary Sue Big Bang
Series: Part 1 of These are truly the last days: Panem's rebellion from below

Somewhere in a falling-down barn on a hill in District Nine, Zea finds a worn-out book and reads it in the light of combine headlights, cutting wheat on the empty prairies. There are stories still, passed down in secret, that once, a family could own land. She hardly believed them, but here it is on crumbling paper, the first technological revolution to sweep across the plains, the sounds of strange places on her tongue and something sparking in her mind. And when the Girl on Fire sparks a rebellion in Panem, Zea thinks of a family crawling across the country in a broken-down truck, words seared into her head: "when a majority of the people are hungry and cold they will take by force what they need." And in basement rooms, beside the train tracks, in the shadow of the grain elevators, connections are made, straw and chaff to feed the flame.

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So, remember the post I made, way back when, about Panem geography and such?
(over here)

And remember how I said I was going to write a fic about D9 for the Mary Sue Big Bang (you guys should write OC fic with me it'll be fun)?

Yeah. So today I COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY nerd-sniped myself when I realized the USDA provides free data downloads of crop harvested area on a by-county basis, and that I could therefore not only plan more precisely where I should put District Nine, but also where the wheat-growing crew my protagonist belongs to would be at what times.

So now my "Hunger Games Fic References" folder now includes R code and QGIS files. Don't ask me man, I don't know either.

Maps and more maps )
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First of all, this massive and ridiculous post is all [ profile] penfold_x's fault. She got me started on Panem geography and logistics and it is EATING MY BRAIN so I spent the morning writing this instead of entering data. Priorities, whatever.

Click for more than you ever wanted to know )
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So today I was harvesting maize (corn) by hand in 95-degree (35-sensible-degree) heat. For my job this counts as a good day, but only because I don't have to do it every day.

Harvesting maize does not require my full attention, so I started thinking about Hunger Games things,like you do when you're avoiding thinking about stressful things (oh, is that just me?). And because of harvesting maize, I was thinking about District 9.

I don't think many people actually think about District 9, just like not that many people think about, say, Nebraska, or South Dakota, or Manitoba on any given day, but I think it could actually be fascinating.

No really, hear me out.

Agriculture in the Great Plains is already super mechanized, there are tractors and combines that are the size of small houses and harvest thousands of acres in a day. Panem has a problem with low population, so I'm pretty sure they've got very good at producing a lot of food with a few people and some very sophisticated machines (this is where, earlier today, I wondered if Panem has sattellites generally and GPS in particular, which is relevant but not critical to this agro-tech ramble).

Which means that District 9 probably has a few scattered crop-production centers with something like 10 people responsible for growing hundreds of square miles/kilometers of row crops, probably with zones for various (rotations of) cereals/legume field crops and some seed-production and research areas (with visiting scientists/geneticists from 3). If those have North-South gradients (which is likely), the settlements might actually move as planting/harvest season shifts from south to north (this is a thing that happens now with custom combine crews). Maybe in the winter they all come to a central town to work. Central town probably looks more like Six than Eleven (where they produce horticultural crops that require a lot more manual labor). No really: equipment maintenance, grain mills, ethanol plants, lots of trains bringing grain from all the far flung outposts. There's probably fertilizer storage (hey, Rebellion, want some ammonium nitrate?). Nine is probably a huge consumer of (expensive, relatively scarce) diesel fuel, unless someone has invented a solar-powered combine (I doubt it).

What I'm saying is that this is actually a much more interesting district than "Grain" seems to indicate and someday I will maybe actually write something about it. But in the meantime, maybe someone else wants to think about a lonely combine driver in the wilds of Manitoba just waiting for harvest to be over so she can go hang out in the booming metropolis in Des Moines (or wherever) for the winter working in a tesserae packing plant or an ethanol refinery and talking to more than like 6 other people. Or not, and I'll just keep this here as a brain-dump for later.


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