By Stephan Lee
Updated March 22, 2012 at 03:27 PM EDT

As a Bilbo Baggins fan can tell you, a detailed map can greatly enhance the enjoyment of reading a novel that takes place in another world. The Hunger Games takes place in Panem, a North America that has been ravaged by war and geological catastrophes. Suzanne Collins has never given readers an official map of Panem, although fans have generated plenty of their own ideas of what Katniss’ world should look like. I’ve perused a lot of the maps out there — and seriously, we could make a Panem World Atlas out of all the amazing fan-generated work — and this one, created by Livejournalers aimmyarrowshigh and badguys is perhaps the best one I’ve seen. It’s both creative and meticulously justified based on Collins’ text. Before you see Panem in living color tomorrow, does this rendering match your vision of District placement? Check out a larger version of the map below:

Check out the cartographers’ full thought process here, but here are some of their thoughts on the Districts:

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