As part of our StarCraft II singleplayer coverage leading up to BlizzCon 2009, I sat down with Andy Chambers, lead writer for the game, to talk to him about the development process, story, and his influences as a write. I got the chance to ask him a very interesting question:
G4: As a history buff, then, if you could describe each of StarCraft II’s three races compared to real world historical societies. You already mentioned that the Terran were the Australians. What would the Zerg and Protoss be?
Andy Chambers: That’s a really interesting exercise. Historically speaking, the Zerg are the Mongols, the Protoss are the Chinese, and yes, the Terrans are the Europeans in a very broad sense as in the UED (Editor’s Note: United Earth Directorate – StarCraft’s Terran governing body) and the shipping people off down to Australia is exactly what happened to Raynor and his group. “We don’t wan these people anymore. Let’s send them to the other end of the galaxy.”
The rest of the interview has great information on the how Chambers and Blizzard are crafting the game's story as well as a look into how writing fits into Blizzard's development process.