The Hunger Games are the Capitol's way of telling the remaining 12 of 13 districts not to rebel again. Every year, 2 tributes from each district are chosen, one male and one female. All tributes are between ages 12 and 18. In richer districts like District 1 and District 2 , it is often very complicated to deal with all the volunteers. For them, going to the Games is a huge deal, and children are trained form a very young age. Victors are usually from Districts 1, 2, and 4, the Career Districts. In most other districts, going to the Games means one more death. Family devotion only goes so far, and volunteers are very rare. When Katniss Everdeen volunteers for her younger sister, Primrose Everdeen, for the 74th Hunger Games, many people are shocked.
The Games were created in the year of 2023, 14 years after the "Dark Days".