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Repost: Hunger Games, population, infrastructure, and technology - The Phantom Librarian — LiveJournal
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Repost: Hunger Games, population, infrastructure, and technology
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From: (Anonymous) Date: May 24th, 2017 01:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Jumping in a little late here, but..

What a great question- why would the Capitol use outdated equipment that runs on a fuel that is difficult to obtain and goes bad quickly?

I think you've ignored an important point- why do we never see gas-powered vehicles until the third movie? Perhaps the use of vehicles could be considered a scare tactic? Bear with me here for a second:

If rail and hovercraft are the only forms of transportation that the districts know about, in a revolt, rebels are likely to guard the rail stations and open areas. Because they don't know about the existence of gas-powered vehicles, they would have no way (and no time) to prepare for massive land vehicles holding troops. Similar to Hitler's Blitzkrieg tactic, the Capitol troops could roll in quickly enough to catch the districts off guard using vehicles they have never seen for and aren't prepared to defend against.

Gas powered vehicles have their downsides, but military vehicles are generally all-terrain, and it would make sense to use when invading a District with infrastructure as poor as 12 has. Maybe they've had a lot of experience doing this in 11?

Just a thought by a passing stranger arriving far too late...
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