January 14th, 2017 01:19 pm (UTC)
Overall, a lot of the stuff in the films don't make sense. Like the Peacekeepers leaving early before the bombing.
Contrast with the books where things can be filled in, and questionable elements can be dismissed as Katniss' POV.
And yeah, Twelve is definitely an outlier that skewed Katniss' perspectives as to population standards.
... But I digress.
Now... how would infrastructure in Panem be like?
All in all, trains would dominate. Even more than hovercraft, which are implied during the bombing to actually be lower in capabilities to 21st century aircraft (barring cloaking and possibly shielding tech).
On that level, it wouldn't be strange for military vehicles to be carried on those transports. However, the way the scene is shot does imply that they drove in.
It'd probably be simpler to integrate power and communications lines into the lines (which would be largely be straight-shots as it'd be be easier for high speeds; on that note, despite the mention of "refueling", high speed trains are electric rolling stock).
On that note, communications would be limited around the ground lines. Ie there'd be wireless tech, but it'd simply be radio or like wifi that'd fizzle if you go into the wilderness.
So you get a hub-and-spoke element.
For the industrial cities, everyone would be concentrated in the cities. Zero development in the wilds of the respective districts (I do picture for ease of political demarcation, districts do touch on maps; when it comes to inhabited areas though, it'd be much more patchwork)
For the ag districts, you would likely have roads that go out a ways; however, they'd all go to the nearest train station instead of a highway to the Capitol.
Like you say, most highways would fall by the wayside; though it's likely that high speed rails would follow the path of the interstates due to the nice grade given.
Oh, and I don't think it'd be out of the question for D9 to actually fill its borders, as grain can be taken care of with minimal density due to mechanization. Same goes for D10, though in this case due to size of ranches.
In contrast, I imagine that D11 is one of the most populous districts, but the nature of the crops means that usable land would be more concentrated.
Related, one nice side effect is that there wouldn't be a concern of water pressure; be it aquifers or runoff pollution.
Does that rambling make sense?