Originally Posted by Spiegel
In the One Piece world the World Government talks about the Three Great Powers that is said to keep a delicate balance in the world. They are composed of: Marines, Shichibukai, and Yonkou but only the first two being equivalent in power to the forces of the Yonkou. The balance of the Three Great Power was mentioned to be threatened when Crocodile was defeated. In recent events we can see that the powers of the Shichibukai have crumbled a bit with Jimbei and Crocodile getting demoted. Also the loss of one of the Yonkou (Edward "Whitebeard" Newgate) was felt throughout the world and a shift in powers amongst the Marines with Garp and Sengoku stepping down from there posts. How do you guys think the Three Great Powers will be re-structured?
I think we're going to see a shift to 5 major powers in part 2. Lets break them down individually.
Marines---While I agree the Marines lost a bit of it's power with Sengoku and Garp retiring, they also gained a huge power from all the Pacifistas being produced. In the Marineford battle, I counted at least 12 that took part. In the last 2 years there really is no way of knowing how many more have been produced. They may actually be stronger then ever.
Shichibukai---I predict they replaced all the missing spots so far. Don't know who, but I expect to see 7 lords of the sea again, and powerful ones at that. Maybe Buggy might be there for propaganda purposes, but that's the only exception.
Yonkou---I'm don't think much has changed. Big Mum is confirmed to still be around. I don't see Shanks going anywhere either. So all in all no changes
Dragon---It's about time for him to make his move. He's been patiently preparing his forces for years now. His little campaigns on this and that island were OK, but it's time to take advantage of the turmoil that's going on. Time to unite the revolutionary army in force, and make a stand.
SH's---Yep the 5th and final super power that's about to shake the world. They have come a long way, and are still developing. They will be the deciding factor that decides everything.
The way I see it, things are looking worse for the Pirates in general. Sure WB's death may have sent a flood of pirates to the New World, but in the end it may not have mattered. With the mass produced Pacifistas boosting the already strong Marine/Shichibukai alliance, even veteran pirate crews in the NW may have been taken out. Dragon realizing this, might see his chance of overturning the World Government slip away, and decide to intervene with his forces to even the odds.