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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 21st, 2014 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: @ The Daughters of the Founding

[Ulpia Jakes]Oh, dear, I was quite small during the Dark Days, only twelve when the war ended. I was six when it began.

I can think of nothing that improved after the war, for the Capitol or the Districts. Here in the Capitol, the rankest rubes took over the culture and turned it into a wasteland. When I was a child, we saw plays and listened to music from all over Panem. People actually traveled. I recall the ski resort in District One. People still go there, of course, but it's really only government officials. You need to be cleared to travel.

I imagine now that it wasn't good for the Districts. They certainly should have held more control over their fates than they did. But the violence of their attacks, and the destruction of so many of their towns, and the near prisons they became after... I can't imagine what they thought the endgame would be. It was either us or District Thirteen in charge of them, and I don't believe that, had the Capitol fallen, District Thirteen would have provided a more stable alternative.

We still, of course, celebrate the Expansion -- the time when the Capitol burst out and re-populated the empty world in the west, but when I was small, it was a time when we all celebrated it together. It was the Districts' history, too. (Well, not Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen. They had a different history.)
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