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For example, Hobgoblins can be Persians, sure... will you represent their embrace of freedom and abolishment of slavery?
Seriously? You have a curious definition of freedom. And a curious definition of abolishment.
OP, here's your real choice:
a) Make a world you like and your players enjoy romping through without obsessing over what everyone else might think.
b) Give up because some perpetually-offended person somewhere will find fault with something you do. And then scream at you and call you names. (When they call you a Nazi, you could mention your modern gaming reinterpretation of our world in which Germans are gnomes.)
Put differently, at the end of your first post, you asked, "Do I just build my vision, social justice warriors be dammed?" Yes, that's exactly what you do. Your world, your game, your hobby, your precious time. How much have you already wasted worrying about this?
And I think it would be hilarious if you went with anti-stereotypes left and right. The beauty-loving, artistic Athenians? Make them the orcs and give orc characters a choice of a +2 racial bonus to Profession (orator), Perform (acting), Knowledge (engineering), or Craft (sculpting).
(OMG, I just stereotyped the Athenians of old!)