January 13th, 2017 06:16 am (UTC)
Transportation in Panem
There's also the matter of controlling movement in Panem.
I read an article about how Spain cleverly avoided the possibility of being invaded by railroad from France: they made their tracks a different width. Thus, French trains could not run on Spanish tracks.
Now apply that to Panem. The Capitol doesn't want people moving from District to District. So they build transportation technology -- hovercrafts and high-speed railways -- that can't be used without certain vehicles of which they have a near-monopoly. Furthermore, they can monitor those routes for intruders.
If they did build roads, rebels with a jury-built car or truck might be able to use them. (At the Georgia Institute of Technology, the engineering students used to be challenged to build cars from scratch -- the "rambling wrecks from Georgia Tech")
By the way, nice to see that you still have an interest in the Hunger Games Universe.