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The Three Great Powers (三大勢力 San Dai Seiryoku?), composed of the Marine Headquarters, the Shichibukai, and the Yonko, are the three greatest military forces on the oceans, and their relations are very vital to the World Government.[1] The three powers exist in a delicate balance of power, not all the details of which are known. It is however known that only the other two organizations are equivalent to the Yonko.

OverviewEdit

Considering that these organizations are stated to be a balance and the fact that the loss of Crocodile threatened the balance, it is likely they are approximately equivalent in strength. The Yonko and Marines seem to be on the opposite ends of the spectrum, with the Marines being more orderly compared to the Yonko which are very chaotic, with the Shichibukai acting as somewhere in between.

The Gorosei fear that if this balance gets disrupted, the world itself could descend into anarchy, and the balance itself appears to be very fragile as the loss of even one key member (such as a Shichibukai) can disrupt the balance. This is why the defeat of Crocodile was so distressing to them; the loss of such a powerful ally in such a public manner tips the balance away from the Shichibukai and in turn the Marines. This leaves them with diminished force to counter the menace of the Yonko and allows the general populace to question their power and authority. Another concern is that the Marines are the sole organization completely under the supremacy of the World Government. The Shichibukai often follow orders on a whim, if at all, and the Yonko are entirely outside of the World Government's control.

As the delicate balance of the Three Great Powers is what stabilizes the world, the existence and actions of the Revolutionary Army is a threat to that balance.

HistoryEdit

The arrest of Portgas D. Ace, the second division commander of the Whitebeard Pirates resulted in the Marines entering into hostilities with the Whitebeard Pirates. This eventually led to a major battle between the Marines and Shichibukai against the Whitebeard Pirates and their allies. This was the first known instance where any of the powers went into full-out conflict with one another. Prior to the battle, Kaido tried to attack Whitebeard and was intercepted by Shanks, causing a dispute between the Yonko. After Whitebeard's death, the balance collapsed, and the world entered into chaos, contrary to the belief that the great pirate's death would ensure peace.

At the conclusion of the battle of Marineford, the Yonko have lost one from their ranks (Whitebeard), and the Shichibukai have lost four; Jinbe and Blackbeard resigned their positions (for different reasons: Jinbe because he opposed the war against Whitebeard and changed alliances to protect Fishman Island, and Blackbeard only joined for easier access to Impel Down - his ultimate goal being the liberation of several prisoners on Level 6 to augment the strength of his crew), Crocodile was dismissed from his position after his defeat (although he was succeeded by Blackbeard), and Gekko Moriah was deemed "too weak" to retain his status. Furthermore, both Monkey D. Garp and Sengoku resigned after the Battle of Marineford, causing a duel between two Admirals for the right to become Sengoku's successor. The duel itself resulted in the resignation of Aokiji, yet another major player in the Marines.

After the timeskip, their status are not fully known aside from a new Fleet Admiral (Sakazuki), the resignation of Kuzan from his rank as Admiral, and Boa Hancock, Bartholomew Kuma, Donquixote Doflamingo, and Dracule Mihawk still retaining their titles. It has also been stated that Blackbeard has conquered most of the territory Whitebeard left behind and has since accroached the position of Yonko. After the timeskip, Trafalgar Law, Buggy and Edward Weevil have been appointed to the vacant positions of Shichibukai. However, Law's status has been revoked due to forming an alliance with the Straw Hat Pirates, and Doflamingo also lost his status after the Dressrosa incident and the discovery of his power abuse. Among the Yonko, Blackbeard was revealed to have conquered the majority of Whitebeard's former territories, taking over as the newest Yonko.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 432 (p. 7) and Episode 314, Garp explains the Three Great Powers.

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World Government
Leaders: Gorosei  •  Kong  •  Reverie
Founders: Donquixote Family  •  Nefeltari Family
World Nobles: Roswald  •  Shalulia  •  Charloss  •  Jalmack  •  Mjosgard  •  Saru  •  Donquixote Homing   •  Donquixote Doflamingo   •  Donquixote Rosinante 
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Fighting Style Based: Rokushiki  •  Ramen Kenpo  •  Life Return  •  Yontoryu  •  Doriki  •  Haki
Weapon Based: Shikomizue  •  Kessui  •  Nodachi
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Non-Canon: Jonathan  •  Gion  •  Tokikake  •  Komei  •  Yukimura  •  Bilić  •  Nelson Royale  •  Moore  •  Trap  •  Governor  •  Shepherd  •  Hardy  •  Rapanui Pasqua  •  Drake  •  Isoka  •  Pukau  •  Akibi  •  Rongo  •  Lego  •  Jim   •  Regis  •  Hot Wind Marines  •  Saga  •  Toma  •  Bismarck  •  Boo Kong  •  Jessica  •  Shinpachi  •  Billy  •  Tom  •  Marley Brothers  •  Tajio  •  Kobato  •  Mekao  •  LeMay  •  Ryudo   •  Dojaku  •  Kansho
Former Marines
Canon: Kong   •  Kuzan   •  Jaguar D. Saul   •  Vergo   •  X Drake   •  Morgan   •  Bell-mère   •  Diez Barrels   •  Caesar Clown 
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Transportation
Ship(s): Marine Ships  •  Alexandra  •  Stan Malay  •  Pine Peak  •  Salamander
Vehicles: Billower Bike  •  Ao Chari
Abilities
Devil Fruit Based: Moku Moku no Mi  •  Ori Ori no Mi  •  Hie Hie no Mi  •  Beri Beri no Mi  •  Sabi Sabi no Mi  •  Shari Shari no Mi  •  Pika Pika no Mi  •  Magu Magu no Mi  •  Woshu Woshu no Mi  •  Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Daibutsu  •  Gasu Gasu no Mi  •  Nagi Nagi no Mi  •  Ame Ame no Mi   •  Modo Modo no Mi   •  Mosa Mosa no Mi 
Fighting Style Based: Haki  •  Rokushiki
Weapon Based: Shigure  •  Kashu  •  Yamaoroshi  •  Nanashaku Jitte  •  Same-kiri Bocho  •  Buster Call  •  Pacifista  •  Eagle Launcher  •  Dyna Stone
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Shichibukai
Members: Dracule Mihawk  •  Bartholomew Kuma  •  Boa Hancock  •  Buggy  •  Edward Weevil
Former Members: Crocodile   •  Donquixote Doflamingo   •  Gekko Moriah   •  Jinbe   •  Marshall D. Teach   •  Trafalgar Law 
Ship(s): Coffin Boat  •  Full  •  Thriller Bark  •  Big Top
Abilities
Devil Fruit Based: Suna Suna no Mi  •  Ito Ito no Mi  •  Yami Yami no Mi  •  Kage Kage no Mi  •  Nikyu Nikyu no Mi  •  Mero Mero no Mi  •  Ope Ope no Mi  •  Bara Bara no Mi
Fighting Style Based: Haki  •  Fishman Karate
Weapon Based: Yoru  •  Kogatana  •  Salome  •  Pacifista Modifications  •  Kikoku  •  Buggy Balls  •  Bisento
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Organizations: Baroque Works  •  Donquixote Pirates  •  Blackbeard Pirates  •  Kuja Pirates  •  Sun Pirates  •  Revolutionary Army  •  Heart Pirates  •  Buggy and Alvida Alliance  •  Buggy's Delivery
Locations: Alabasta  •  Mariejois  •  Jaya (Mock Town)  •  Banaro Island  •  Florian Triangle  •  Sabaody Archipelago (Human Auctioning House)  •  Amazon Lily  •  Calm Belt (Impel Down  •  Marineford)  •  Kuraigana Island  •  Fishman Island  •  Punk Hazard  •  Dressrosa
Story Arcs: Baratie Arc  •  Arlong Park Arc  •  Whiskey Peak Arc  •  Little Garden Arc  •  Alabasta Arc  •  Jaya Arc  •  Long Ring Long Land Arc  •  Post-Enies Lobby Arc  •  Thriller Bark Arc  •  Sabaody Archipelago Arc  •  Amazon Lily Arc  •  Impel Down Arc  •  Marineford Arc  •  Post-War Arc  •  Return to Sabaody Arc  •  Punk Hazard Arc  •  Dressrosa Arc  •  Zou Arc
Cover Stories: Miss Goldenweek's "Operation: Meet Baroque Works"  •  Straw Hat's Separation Serial
Others: Bounties  •  Duel at Banaro Island  •  Battle of Marineford
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Yonko
Members: Shanks  •  Charlotte Linlin  •  Kaido  •  Marshall D. Teach
Former Members: Edward Newgate 
Ships: Red Force  •  Moby Dick
Abilities
Devil Fruit Based: Gura Gura no Mi  •  Yami Yami no Mi  •  Soru Soru no Mi
Fighting Style Based: Haki
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Crews: Red Hair Pirates  •  Whitebeard Pirates  •  Big Mom Pirates  •  Blackbeard Pirates  •  Beasts Pirates
Locations: New World (Yukiryu Island  •  Foodvalten  •  Totto Land (Whole Cake Island)  •  Wano Country)  •  Fishman Island
Story Arcs: Romance Dawn Arc  •  Jaya Arc  •  Post-Enies Lobby Arc  •  Thriller Bark Arc  •  Marineford Arc  •  Post-War Arc  •  Fishman Island Arc  •  Punk Hazard Arc  •  Dressrosa Arc  •  Zou Arc  •  Totto Land Arc
Others: Battle of Marineford  •  Payback War

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