Hierarchies in the world of One Piece they are a brilliant element of texture that adds depth to the world. Oda has endeavored to create a comprehensive system of government and the agencies that implement it. Marines make perfect sense, but the Seven Warlords are something else.
At first glance, the idea is fascinating and gives structure to the narrative – as Luffy has clear goals to overcome on his way to becoming the King of the Pirates – but the concept falls apart on careful inspection. There are countless reasons why the Seven Warlords system is incredibly difficult to justify logically.
10 Why are there only seven?
One Piece constantly tells fans that there are more pirates than islands in the sea. If that is true, one would think that the Warlords would act with a “the more the merrier” attitude. The World Government chooses strong pirates, but even its most accomplished pirate loses to the Yonko. Creating more Warlord slots increases the chances that the Marines will defeat the Yonko and tip the balance in their favor. Consequently, the remaining Warlords could become the new high-level pirates under the control of the Marines.
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9 What if they reject the World Government?
There is minimal incentive for any pirate to reject the World Government when it comes to call. Being able to hack freely is literally worth its weight in gold. However, if a pirate refuses, how does the government justify not capturing him at that time? Also, how would the Government know if the Caudillo accepts the title but rejects the responsibilities? Fans know that Warlords do what they want. How does the Government punish pirates who resist the call and their responsibilities?
8 Why is the system in the public domain?
The Seven Warlords system would work much better if it weren’t a commonly known piece of information. It is one thing for pirates to be aware of the alliance between their peers and the Orwellian World Government, but it is foolish for civilians to know. Furthermore, if the Government concealed their identities, the Warlords could infiltrate other crews more effectively. The World Government is dedicated to concealing its tyranny, and publicly sharing its dealings with One Piece’s most hated criminal class seems counterproductive.
7 Why not equip them better?
The idea behind the Seven Warlords system stems from the World Government’s desire to capture pirates. Presumably the Government enlists the Warlords to capture other pirates from time to time. Why doesn’t the World Government share resources with the pirates it enlisted as another military branch?
If the World Government offered simple inventions, such as the sea prism stone or ships that could safely traverse the Belt of Calm, the Warlords could be more effective in their work. At the very least, all Warlords should have all six powers under their belt.
6 Why is there no marine supervision?
After Alabasta, the fans de One Piece they learn that the World Government barely watches the Seven Warlords. Essentially, they can move around unhindered and refuse to attend meetings. Why doesn’t the Government put Marines or CP9 on Warlord ships?
Part of the appeal of being a pirate is freedom, which is why some would not enjoy having an escort, but if they wanted true freedom from the Government, they would never join the Warlords in the first place. The Warlords are a drag; leaving them unchecked is a big mistake.
5 Why are there no term limits?
It seems that Warlords are never removed from office. Regardless of whether they perform their job decently or not, the Warlords are allowed to remain affiliated with the World Government. Why wouldn’t the Government employ a merit-based roaming membership? Pirates interested in preserving the benefits of being a Caudillo would have to abide by the government’s mandates. Furthermore, if the membership were to rotate, the government could pick up the upstarts as soon as they became notable. Instead, they continue to employ pirates who totally abuse the privilege.
4 Why is there no criterion?
Boa Hancock and Buggy the Clown are both Warlords. The government uses very little consistency in choosing candidates for warlord. Why is there no criteria for who can become a Warlord? Also, if there is a criterion, why hasn’t Oda shared the information with fans? Letting fans know about the World Government selection process could significantly increase the depth of One Piece. To the fans They love to track the progression of their favorite pirates with metrics from the universe. Knowing what it is that qualifies a pirate to be a Warlord would only help the immersion.
3 Why are they not informants?
The Warlords are as involved in the pirate world as the characters they are supposed to hunt. If the World Government were wise, it would use the faction as an intelligence network. In the world of One Piece, there is an underworld that exists outside the realm of normal piracy.
The Warlords trying to infiltrate the seedier ranks of the underworld of One Piece they would be an excellent use of your talents. In addition, they could keep an eye on suspicious Marines planning to defect.
2 Why do they have so much autonomy?
Part of the reason the Government invented the Warlords was to gain a modicum of control over the seas. Ironically, if this is the goal, the Government gives the Warlords a bewildering amount of freedom. During his employment with the Government, Sir Crocodile conquered all of Alabasta. At the same time, Doflamingo enslaved Dressrosa. Both incidents caused the government more headaches than necessary. Why give the Warlords such a long leash if they are only going to require cleaning in the long run?
1 Why allow them to enter the “Holy Land”?
There is no more protected class in the history of One Piece than the Celestial Dragons. Most of the World Government exists to protect and support the reign of the blameless sovereigns of the planet. The fact that the Government allows pirates to enter the home of the Heavenly Dragons makes little sense. What if they – like Boa Hancock – have a grudge against the Dragons? What if they are secretly working with the Revolutionaries? There are too many variables to consider when it comes to allowing outlaws to get close to royalty.