Over the weekend I decided to reread the Watchmen comic book series and while I was enjoying the epic tale of the politics around a murder mystery in a re-imagined Cold War America with masked vigilantes, my mind wandered towards Warcraft.
I talked before about the politics of World of Warcraft on this blog multiple times, one of which is figuring out what type of war Azeroth is currently in (Be MOP #87) and while the Horde and Alliance are in an active war the set up and of the two factions have some connections to the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.
The Horde and Alliance are two equal political and military forces trying to build bases and gather resources in a new land while recruiting the natives to fight against each other with the weapons provided by each side (see my post of the Proxy-war in the Jade Forest Be MOP #56)
But as history has taught us, no war can last forever. A war that is constantly forcing each side to gather more and more limited resources while simultaneously asking them to fund the unlimited desire to destroy the enemy is not an ideal political or economical model. Something has to happen, a tipping point, that makes one side start to falter and ends up either losing the war or begin the collapse of their government.
In Watchmen the tipping point of the Cold War was when Dr. Manhattan, The United States’s greatest weapon in the atomic arms race, leaves the planet allowing the Soviets to invade Afghanistan and set up their plans to conquer the rest of Europe.
In real life, the tipping point was when America launched the Strategic Defense Initiative (aka the Star Wars Project) forcing the soviets, who were dealing with a fragile economy, to spend more money on their nuclear weapons in the hopes of winning the arms race, rather than funding programs to feed and educate it’s people.
But in WoW, we do not know what the tipping point is, we know that there is going be one and we do know how the war is going to end thanks to Blizzard. Lets just day we are not expecting the Horde and Alliance to come knocking down the doors of Varian Wrynn’s throne room any time soon. Patch 5.1 has some build up to the tipping point. with Garrosh using the Sha on his own orcs and the scenario surrounding Vol’jin.
My guess is that the tipping point for the Horde will be the penultimate content patch, with a major controversial event approved by Garrosh. This will give the players enough time to get angry at Garrosh and justifying the raid on Orgrimmar, which (I assume) will then change the political structure of the Horde followed by a change in the relationship between the Horde and Alliance which we see develop in WoW’s next expansion.
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