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DAY 11

District 1

The Reality of District 1

District 1, as a whole, was the Capitol's darling. It was their golden child, their do-no-wrong entertainment and luxury goods producer who never rebelled, always did what they were told, and said thank you with a smile on their face.

District 1 was also not a singular entity.

There were mines in District 1, and vineyards, and factories that in some parts of the District stretched for miles in every direction.

District 1 didn't just design jewelry, musical instruments, furniture, games, toys, sports equipment, media, and just about every other recreational good. They also harvested some of the raw materials, built most of it in their own borders, and suffered the consequences of the Capitol's extreme disinterest in health and safety measures.

District 1 was still the most loyal of the Districts, with the possible exception of District 2—in both tesserae ensured that no one went hungry, and the Capitol's favor gave them more of a taste of luxury than any other Districts god, but…

It was still a District.

The residents of District 1 were, on average, abused least, but they were still held hostage, given relatively little freedom over their own lives.

And if you were unlucky enough to not be a designer or an actor? If you were unlucky enough to be in a family of people with jobs classified as unskilled labor?

You didn't starve, that was true.

But no District was oblivious to the lack of movement: there were almost no ways to improve your position within your own District, and the only way to get to the Capitol was to win a Game.

District 1 had more than living eight Victors when the Centennial Censure was announced.

The youngest got a 'pass', were recent enough that they were the most well-known and popular of the tributes—Gloss may have won twice, but not in the past few years, and in the fast-paced world of the Capitol that mattered—but of the eight oldest?

Only one was supposed to be alive at the end of the Games.

The one chance, the one opportunity, anyone got to actually be elevated to the level of a citizen, to live in a world of eternal opulence and carelessness—and it could still be snatched away.

Stolen.

They'd done it in the 75th, but at least there the Victors had been the ones fighting for their lives.

Here—here they had to rely on others, and not only that but on others of other Districts, who were not nearly as well trained and prepared as the Careers.

In Career Districts the brilliance and beauty and wonder of being a Victor was a central part of the propaganda. A sign that the Capitol really wasn't heartless, that they understood that not everyone was guilty of the sins of their ancestors and were willing to offer a select few the chance to live like it—they even looked past the Careers' teaching efforts, never mind that they were technically against the rules.

And now—seven dead Victors from District 1, planned in mere days. Not to mention all the other Victors from all the other Districts.

They were bidding on them, too, would have brief breaks from the games for Luxe and Cicero to discuss how high the bidding was getting on who would be able to shoot Gloss in the face, who was spending extra to be able to shoot Mars twice—once for pain, once to kill.

If it had happened any year before, the Career Districts—not including 4, it was always the odd one out—would have been in lock step with the Capitol, pushing for the uppity rioters to be put back under control so that everything could continue as-is.

But that was because District 1 had hope.

District 1 knew that out of the 99 total Victors 20 had been from their District.

District 1 knew that of every District their children had the best chance for a bright future, for a future of comfort and good living and happiness.

And all of that was tied to the Games.

To their hope of raising a Victor.

And then—

The 75th had been a hit, but a survivable one.

They'd endured.

One of theirs had even won.

But now—

It was seven dead Victors this year, to be killed in cold blood by other citizens despite their supposedly earned citizen status.

Who knows how many it would be for the next Centennial Censure.

For the next Quarter Quell.

For the next Games.

The hope for Victory, the thread keeping District 1 in line, had been fraying all year.

When the Games screen cut off it snapped.

It wasn't a clean snap—neighbors fought neighbors, plenty of residents simply opted to run and hide—but it did snap.

District 1, and District 2 besides, didn't fight in lock step for the Capitol.

In mere seconds every single District, kept in line for a century, had revolted.

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