At first glance, the economic landscape depicted in Suzanne Collins’ best-selling Hunger Games trilogy doesn’t make much sense. Despite its post-apocalyptic condition, the fictional nation of Panem is quite technologically advanced. It has high-speed trains, hovercrafts, extraordinary genetic engineering capabilities, and the ability to create extremely advanced weapons. And yet Panem is also a society of tremendous economic inequality, with clear examples of absolute economic deprivation and even famine.
This is an example of a science fiction piece and the good ol' thought experiment. Yet, we can see this world created by Collins as being realistic with familiarity in our own World. She even masterfully shows how this oppressive world can be brought down due to its limits.