Quick blog! While commenting on Ay-chan's blog I had a thought that I consider relevant enough to share with the rest of you all. Here it goes:Luffy agreed to the alliance with the Heart Pirates in a heartbeat (pun not intended!). And for all we know, despite what happened on Punk Hazard, Law is still a Shichibukai - to ensure the stability of the Shichibukai as an institution, whatever Bandnew means by that.
Now, I am certain the allied crews of Shichibukai do not get any special treatment by the Marines or the World Government. But no matter how I look at it, the Straw Hats just allied themselves with a crew approved and thereby directly employed by the World Government, technically making them an ally of the WG as well. (Which is a little ironic considering the events during Enies Lobby and, oh boy, Marineford!)
Remember, their alliance was in the papers! So everyone KNOWS they are allies.
Not sure about you guys, but I see some potential in that status. Just a thought, though. Share yours!