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3-29-2012 @ 5:00PM
The blood elves also basically provide what is likely the *only* post-scarcity/well above subsistence-level economy in the entire Horde.Let's put it this way: what do the *other* members of the Horde have to provide in the way of *salable trade goods*? The Tauren are, even now, largely subsistence-level hunters and gatherers, whose primary export goods would be hides and leathers, perhaps some small quantity of foodstuffs. The trolls, likewise, are primarily at the subsistence level, whose primary salable export would likely be rice -- though, given that rice appears to be the grain staple food of the Horde, it's likely that their entire product is either sold or otherwise used internally, i.e., it doesn't enter into the open goblin cartel run trade market. The orcs and the Forsaken are primarily exporting *warfare.* The Bilgewater Cartel is facilitating this export.What do the blood elves have? An economy that is largely internally productive and self-supporting. Their primary import is probably food. Their primary exports? Cloth -- finished pieces and wholesale cloth exports. Alchemical products. Magical devices, armor, weapons, enchantments that can be purchased and applied at an individual basis. Engineering products that are less likely than either goblin or gnomish devices to blow the user's arms off. The produce of their archaeological endeavors. Some of this they can do in considerable bulk. The blood elves are basically the master artisan craftspeople of the Horde, the race most likely to be producing trade goods desirable across factional lines for both their beauty and their utility -- blood elf aesthetics are *awesome* aesthetics, and they have left their artistic stamp on some of the most important places in the world, even now.Given that there's more than one goblin cartel, I can see the blood elves being the economic engine of the Horde via trade through the Steamwheedle Cartel and other neutral parties who exchange goods and services across factional lines as middle-men. Somebody in Orgrimmar finally got wise to this and decided that if the blood elves couldn't provide "blood" to the Horde war machine in significant quantities -- they probably have one of the lowest canonical populations in the world, after all -- then they could damn well provide "treasure" to help pay for all those blimps and boats and bombs. Lots and lots of treasure.
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