OK, it’s time for some real world politics to kick this off. Don’t worry, we’ll be swinging right back into World of Warcraft very soon. But did you know that the performance of the president that you first got the chance to vote for has a really strong chance of setting your political affiliation for life? Seriously, it’s true. I read it on the internet. It’s pretty clear that our political beliefs do get fixed by our first time being involved with the process. So, this leads to the question: What about in Azeroth?
For example, Thrall is considered to be an exceptional leader of the orcish people. It stands to reason, therefore, that if you play a young orc, he’s likely to be very pro-Thrall, and more loosely will be more inclined to reconciliation, diplomacy, and a more defensive, less aggressive Horde. Those orcs who are a little older are the most likely to disapprove of Thrall – Orgrim Doomhammer was a very popular leader, but his philosophy was a 180° flip on Thrall’s. But old orcs (the few who’ve survived) are likely to be quite pro-Thrall as well; they came of age during the time of Ner’zul, who isn’t as well liked on reflection. (Those who remember him as the deeply spiritual, charismatic leader of the Shadowmoon Clan may be less pro-Thrall.)
Or how about the humans? Bolvar Fordragon was very well liked, and his death was a tragedy for the Alliance. Young humans who came of age while he held the stewardship of Stormwind may well be actually quite opposed to Varian Wrynn, whose anger and hostility grossly opposed the stoic Fordragon’s approach. And it’s likely that they’ll find quite a bit of agreement with those who came of age during his first reign, which ended in rioting in the streets of Stormwind. But depending on how Varian does in the end (and he has his defenders) it could be that the youngest of humans (Like, say, your new character?) may instead find him a heroic figure, heralding a strong young crop of humans with a belief in militancy, strength, and warrior culture.
I could go on for all the races (I’m particularly intrigued by the gnomes and their democratic society, and how that works out) but really, what I’m more intrigued by is the basic political dynamics of the races. Warcraft hasn’t gone into this much at all – It’s far more interested in international politics than internal politics, but what of it?
Without wanting to steal her thunder, perhaps this is a Friday Five the lovely Ms. Anna could develop. Do you approve of your current leader? If not, who would you want instead? Who was a good leader you used to have?
But in the end, I leave such things to her. She’s much better at that than me.