WARNING: The following contains the spoilers for One Piece Episode 957, « Big News! An Incident That Will Affect the Seven Warlords! », Which is now airing on Crunchyroll and Funimation.
As things heat up in Wano, One Pi ece fans recall that the country is isolated, cut off from the rest of the world that continues to spin. A break from the Straw Hats in Episode 957 reveals that the world has been thrown into chaos due to the incidents that followed the conclusion of the Dreaming event.
Something has happened in relation to the Kingdom of Alabasta, the Sabo of the Revolutionary Army has made headlines that have their allies in disbelief, and most notably of all, the Seven Warlords system has finally been abolished, changing forever the balance of power within the world of One Piece.
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The Seven Warlords, along with the Navy and the Four Emperors, have been instrumental in maintaining a kind of peace on the seas. While the consequences have yet to be fully revealed, it would be foolish to think that there won’t be any. At the very least, those who once held the Warlord title are in immediate danger, as in Episode 957 fans quickly see the Navy attacking pirates. Still, those pirates became Warlords for a reason, and they don’t seem like they intend to go down easily.
The Seven Warlords were an integral part of the balance of power
The Seven Warlords included the likes of Dracula Mihawk, Crocodile, and Donquixote Doflamingo. These pirates were absurdly powerful and operated as allies of the world government. They were able to operate with impunity and, in turn, dealt with other pirates for the World Government. Although it is common for any acting warlord to actually serve his own interests in the first place, these legendary pirates served as something of a middle ground between the Armada and the Four Emperors due to their unique alliance.
In theory, the Seven Warlords prevented the pendulum from swinging too much in either direction. If any of the four emperors became too powerful, the Warlords were powerful enough to join the Army and fight them. Alternatively, if the Armada became too powerful, the Warlords could challenge them as well. Now pirates like Boa Hancock, Buggy the Clown, and Edward Weevil are simply powerful forces left to their own devices. The former Warlords seem more than ready to do what they need to for their own safety.
Without the Warlords, the world could already be in trouble
Existing between the Armada and the Four Emperors to ensure a balance of power is one thing, but the events of Wano can be perfectly timed to spell danger to the rest of the world. After all, the biggest danger to the balance of power now that the Seven Warlords are no longer a force is the alliance between Emperors Kaido and Big Mom. Without the Warlords in place, the two run into an obstacle in their effort to accomplish the goals they seek: to conquer the world and find One Piece.
Before Kaido and Big Mom’s alliance goes too far, however, they will have to face off against the Straw Hats and their allies. If they can do the unthinkable and defeat the two emperors, the world government will have an even greater potential threat to the balance of power in the form of the fan-favorite Straw Hat crew. As Admiral Issho said, there is no way of knowing the consequences until the balance is upset, but already events are beginning to snowball. What awaits the world is something that only time and the next episode of One Pi ece will tell.