Doesn't that seem odd though, in and of itself? That the Alliance at that time should have had such a significant lapse in communication? Why? What could preoccupy the member-states to those kinds of situations?
There was no lapse of communication. The Dragon was in charge of everything, including communication. So the other nations were being fed lies.
Not that the Draenei has left those islands in significant numbers. I'm not saying you're wrong, mind you. Just saying, its not as though Tyrande herself personally let a batallion of Sentinels to secure the island for the Draenei. They were left to face their own threats with the blood elves, Satyrs, naga, etc...
That's not entirely true either. Tyrande DID send people (or, more to the point, Tyrande and Theramore), which is why there was a Priestess of the Moon and human ships.
Either was, there were no attempts to reclaim it until after the conflict in Northrend.
Which is BS, because the quests to reclaim it were present in Vanilla, and Blizzard decided to just say screw it. So, while "nothing happened" before WotLk, it's because of a ham handed retcon.
You're saying the future of the Kingdom of Ironforge, it's Princess who would be expected to marry to provide a King and provide a future heir as well, wasn't a major concern to the Alliance? Seems silly that we're going to Pandaria for Anduin then.
No,I'm saying that at the time, with the current level of escalation, the rest of the Alliance sending in massive troop support (again, we were there) would have not only been a waste of resources, but potentially a bigger political nightmare than staying out of it if the Dark Irons decided to threaten to execute Moria if the forces didn't pull out.
And, while I do somewhat agree that the Alliance being in Pandaria for Anduin alone is stupid, well. The Alliance "isn't" in Pandaria because of Anduin. He started the search, the Alliance is there due to the Horde being there. From what I've seen posted, only Stormwind is there, and Varian's letter supports that.
Rebuilding from WHAT?
Only the Night Elves were hit hard by the Third War, but they were still in excellent shape. Ironforge and Stormwind were -untouched- by the Third War! Gnomeregan fell to Troggs and treachery. You could argue half the Alliance had rebuilding to do. That's about it.
The Dwarves would have been in hunker down mode, increasing production, farming, and infrastructure due to the majority of their trade partners now being dead. As such, they needed to poor signifigant resources into fabricating what was before obtained through trade. In addition, they had to produce enough of it to deal with the Gnomes as well.
Stormwind, considering it was to weak to send major reinforcements, would have still been setting up its copper mines, it's industry, getting people settled in, reestablishing control, and then the whole Ony thing.
Night Elves moved their entire government structure, lost a great deal of troops, learned an entire language on a species wide basis, lost the support of the Ancients who were to weakened by the war and as such had to go and repopulate, had to deal with demons after the war, corrupt furbolgs, and other things (that again, easily doable on their own, and not big enough for the Alliance to waste resources)
Theramore had to build a nation, establish farmland, pave roads, put down infrastructure, establish trade routes via sea, ect, ect, ect.
Hell, the fact that naval transport is so easily accomplished between EK and Kalimidor is proof of how close they were over the span between WC3 and WoW.
That takes time, it takes lives, it takes resources. It was still done. The amount of globalization that went on is outstanding.