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80 Undead Warrior
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Why do people refer to Stormwind as if it's a nation?

When did Stormwind stop being the capitol of the nation of Azeroth?
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91 Night Elf Druid
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Why do people refer to Stormwind as if it's a nation?

When did Stormwind stop being the capitol of the nation of Azeroth?


Because the two are interchangable.
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80 Undead Warrior
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Why do people refer to Stormwind as if it's a nation?

When did Stormwind stop being the capitol of the nation of Azeroth?


Because the two are interchangable.


So Washington DC is interchangeable with United States of America?
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91 Night Elf Druid
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Why do people refer to Stormwind as if it's a nation?

When did Stormwind stop being the capitol of the nation of Azeroth?


Because the two are interchangable.


So Washington DC is interchangeable with United States of America?


No.

Stormwind City is not a nation.

The nation of Stormwind and the nation of Azeroth however, are the same thing
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80 Undead Warrior
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Why do people refer to Stormwind as if it's a nation?

When did Stormwind stop being the capitol of the nation of Azeroth?


Because the two are interchangable.


So Washington DC is interchangeable with United States of America?


No.

Stormwind City is not a nation.

The nation of Stormwind and the nation of Azeroth however, are the same thing


Since when? That was my question. I've been playing since Warcraft: Orcs and Humans and want to know when this change occurred.
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80 Undead Warrior
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The humans that we play under are all from Stormwind, think of Stormwind as a country, It'll make more sense that way.


Again, I want to know when it stopped being Azeroth and started being Stormwind.
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91 Night Elf Druid
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Why do people refer to Stormwind as if it's a nation?

When did Stormwind stop being the capitol of the nation of Azeroth?


Because the two are interchangable.


So Washington DC is interchangeable with United States of America?


No.

Stormwind City is not a nation.

The nation of Stormwind and the nation of Azeroth however, are the same thing


Since when? That was my question. I've been playing since Warcraft: Orcs and Humans and want to know when this change occurred.


Officially, since always. Its just never been mentioned. Going by the wow website, its always been called Stormwind. I think they may have took up Azeroth because it was the human kingdom on Azeroth, the continent.
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87 Human Warrior
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Azeroth has been retconned into being the name of the entire world. From the Eastern Kingdoms to Kalimdor to Northrend.

Not sure when exactly this happened, but Azeroth is no longer in the same category as Lorederon, it's now in the same category as Draenor/Outland.
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85 Human Mage
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Stormwind was originally called the Kingdom of Azeroth.

However, Azeroth, as it turns out, is the name of the planet. And since one human kingdom does not speak for the whole planet (yet), it'd be kinda strange to name it after the planet.

So it's now the Kingdom of Stormwind. The kingdom named itself after it's capital city.
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80 Undead Warrior
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Azeroth has been retconned into being the name of the entire world. From the Eastern Kingdoms to Kalimdor to Northrend.

Not sure when exactly this happened, but Azeroth is no longer in the same category as Lorederon, it's now in the same category as Draenor/Outland.


According to current lore Azeroth is actually three things. It's the planet, it's the lower subcontinent of Eastern Kingdoms (the middle being Kaz Modan and the nothern one being Lordaeron), and it's a country.
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91 Night Elf Druid
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Azeroth has been retconned into being the name of the entire world. From the Eastern Kingdoms to Kalimdor to Northrend.

Not sure when exactly this happened, but Azeroth is no longer in the same category as Lorederon, it's now in the same category as Draenor/Outland.


Well, no.

Azeroth is the entire eastern kingdoms, the southern half of the eastern kingdoms, a kingdom, and a planet, depending on who you talk to.

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85 Blood Elf Mage
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Azeroth has been retconned into being the name of the entire world. From the Eastern Kingdoms to Kalimdor to Northrend.

Not sure when exactly this happened, but Azeroth is no longer in the same category as Lorederon, it's now in the same category as Draenor/Outland.


Well, no.

Azeroth is the entire eastern kingdoms, the southern half of the eastern kingdoms, a kingdom, and a planet, depending on who you talk to.

... No... history lesson time.

Okay, back when Warcraft I came out, Azeroth was the human nation that controlled the lands from Blackrock Mountain southward. Everything from the Burning Steppes southward; Redridge, Elwynn, Duskwood, Deadwind Pass, Westfall, Stranglethorn (kinda-sorta-not-really-theirs), and the Black Morass (modern day Swamp of Sorrows and the Blasted Lands).

This nation was defeated in the First War, and fled to Lordaeron; still Azeroth, though.

Warcraft III totally ignored them.

Then WoW comes out.
Suddenly, the nation of Azeroth no longer exists. They are now the Nation of Stormwind, and are treated as having always been Stormwind.

The planet that Warcraft takes place on is, at this point, retconned to being Azeroth, in place of the nation.

However, Azeroth describes something else, as well; the continent that contains all the land formerly a part of the nation of Azeroth. Ie; the southernmost regions of the Eastern Kingdoms.

Zones in Azeroth the Continent, roughly north to south:
The Burning Steppes
Redridge Mountains
Elwynn Forest
Duskwood
Westfall
Deadwind Pass
Swamp of Sorrows
The Blasted Lands
Stranglethorn Vale

North of Azeroth lies the continent of Khaz Modan, composed of the zones (south to north):
The Searing Gorge
The Badlands
Loch Modan
Dun Morogh
The Wetlands
The Twilight Highlands

North of Khaz Modan lies the continent of Lordaeron, composed of the zones (south to north):
Arathi Highlands
Hillsbrad Foothills/Alterac Mountains
Gilneas
Silverpine Forest
The Hinterlands
Tirisfal Glades
Western Plaguelands
Eastern Plaguelands
as well as all the regions of the nation of Quel'thalas;
The Ghostlands
Eversong Woods
The Isle of Quel'danas

These three continents - Azeroth, Khaz Modan and Lordaeron - are known as the "Eastern Kingdoms" for the sake of brevity. And because... well, they contain all of the Eastern Kingdoms, so it's not like it's a misnomer. :P

So, basically, when WoW came out, "Azeroth" the nation was retconned into being "Stormwind" the nation. The lands that fell under its sphere of influence, however, maintained their status as part of the continent of Azeroth.
The planet that Warcraft takes place upon was named Azeroth.
So, at current, there are only two valid applications for the name Azeroth; the Continent and the Planet.
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85 Human Paladin
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Stormwind is a city-state. That's why people refer to it as a nation.
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The term Azeroth was retconned into meaning the entire planet rather then just the one kingdom. Essentially it never actually was called the "Kingdom of Azeroth".

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85 Human Mage
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Stormwind is a city-state. That's why people refer to it as a nation.
*coughs at Sentinel Hill, Darkshire, Lakeshire, Goldshire, and Marshtide, all Stormwind towns.*

EDIT: On-topic, I think it was retconned to the Kingdom of Stormwind ever since Knaak accidently had a Night Elf call the world "Azeroth" in the War of the Ancients, forcing Blizz to make the world Azeroth and the Kingdom Stormwind.
Edited by Andianton on 11/11/2010 3:04 PM PST
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87 Human Warrior
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Well, no.

Azeroth is the entire eastern kingdoms, the southern half of the eastern kingdoms, a kingdom, and a planet, depending on who you talk to.


Talk to the in-game map.
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91 Night Elf Druid
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Vae, The Alliance Players Guide refers to it as both Stormwind and Azeroth. Admitidly its rather sketchy the way its written.
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85 Blood Elf Mage
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Vae, The Alliance Players Guide refers to it as both Stormwind and Azeroth. Admitidly its rather sketchy the way its written.

The RPG books have been wrong on dozens of other things; we've seen nothing in-game to indicate that the nation of Stormwind is still known as Azeroth.

The game trumps it. :P
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