Much as I’m enjoying my European Politics of the 19th century class, this post has nothing to do with that. Rather, it’s about the in-game politics.
Thanks to PC Gamer UK, it has essentially been confirmed that Thrall is stepping down as leader of the Horde to go save the world (Guardian of Tirisfal or not, what do you expect the world’s most powerful shaman to do when everything goes to hell?) and the rather bloodthirsty Garrosh is replacing him.
So here’s a shocker.
Nobody likes Garrosh.
There is a ton of opposition to the idea of having Garrosh lead the horde, and this is based entirely on how he’s acting now (racist douchebag).
In case you missed it, Garrosh has come up with a rather unpopular little law. Essentially, all non-orcs/tauren are being banned from the center of Orgrimmar, as he considers only those two races strong enough to properly guard the capital.
Elves, trolls, goblins, undead… y’all suck!
Gee, thanks Garrosh. After all the trolls have done for you…
Needless to say, a lot of players are against this change.
So let’s talk ramifications here.
First off, why orcs AND tauren, not just orcs? If the leak about the assassination of Cairne Bloodhoof is true, why are the tauren still trusted? Why would the tauren people continue standing by Garrosh if he’s behind the death of their leader? Would Cairne’s son really take his father’s death that lightly?
More importantly, do the tauren know? Were they duped? And perhaps most frightening of all, if they do know, does Baine approve? (Baine being Cairne’s son.)
Of course, if the assassination is not true, then why would Cairne simply stand by as this racial segregation takes place? Would Vol’jin? Or do they not care as they don’t live there anymore? Bear in mind STV was the original home of the Darkspear, and that zone is being changed the most.
No matter which way you cut it, somewhere, somehow, there’s going to be a major split in the horde.
But enough of that. Let’s talk about what we do know, Garrosh’s leadership.
Be honest here. Why do you disapprove of his leadership? Is it because he is bloodthirsty without reason? A huge jerk? An unnecessary warmonger?
Are any of those traits a bad thing for a Warchief to have?
Wrynnis disliked by many due to how eager he is to engage the horde in all out war. Then again, he has more than enough reason to, having lived the life he has. He has every reason to despise the horde, every reason to want to destroy them all.
What personal grievances does Garrosh have? What has the alliance done to him? The guy’s been in Outland, completely cut off from Azeroth for most of his life. What possible reason does he have to hate the alliance?
Well, he really doesn’t have a reason. He just hates. Maybe a gnome stole his lunch money once.
Try an experiment. Take one of your horde characters, or make one if you don’t have one. Doesn’t matter what server. Go to a major city, and type in trade chat “Hi, I just rerolled/faction transferred from alliance!”
Note the rage. Note the hate. Note the complete lack of reason for this hatred.
Would not Garrosh be the perfect leader for this group?
I suppose it has to do with what one’s ideals for a Warchief are. The ideals for a King are pretty simple. A leader. Someone wise, someone respectable in command who always has his people’s wants and needs at heart.
Is that what a Warchief is?
In my eyes, the Warchief is not a politician. he’s not even the primary representative of his people. You want wisdom? Turn to the wise elders. You want war? You want unrepentant retribution? That’s where the warchief steps in.
The Warchief is not the king. He is not the end all, be all leader of his people. He is the military leader. He should be feared, respected.
To borrow a quote from a commenter on wow.com, the Warchief should be regarded in a similar fashion to how one would regard a large, hungry bear.
Consider the division of power in the American political system. The executive branch, that is, the President, can make many decisions, can make many laws. But he is not an absolute ruler. The legislative branch, the judicial branch, they are not subject to his rule.
He could say “alright, we’re going to war with [insert nation here]”, but the country does not actually go to war until everyone else in power says “okay”.
Nothing against Thrall, he’s a great political leader. But his raw power, his vigor, is somewhat lacking for someone who should be the supreme commander of the armed forces.
To borrow, again, from the same commenter on wow.com, sometimes I really wish Thrall would just say “Screw it. Stormwind burns.”