A sea of onlookers gather in front of a large platform readying themselves for what is about to happen. A sense of uneasiness fills the air as they think about what they are about to witness and of the events that lead them to this moment. The place they are gathered is the ruined headquarters of the Marines, Marineford, where not long ago a tremendous battle took place that shook the entire world. Many of the people gathered here took part in that fateful battle and their memories of that day, and of the events that followed it, are still fresh on their minds. The reason these people and marines are gathered here is to witness the introduction of their new Fleet Admiral, Sakazuki.
Suddenly the crowd falls silent as a figure slowly makes his way to the top of the platform overlooking the crowd. Each step that moves himself forward carries with it the entire weight of the Marines his shoulders. As he makes his way the memories that lead them all to this moment start to reappear in the minds of the onlookers. Shortly after the battle at Marineford it was announced that Fleet Admiral Sengoku would be stepping down from his position. Quickly two candidates were nominated to take over for him but each possessed opposing ideologies. One was Admiral Akainu, who favored a more aggressive philosophy, and Admiral Akoji, who favored a stance similar to the now former Fleet Admiral. Their opposing wills clashed as they battled each other for 10 straight days pushing each of them to their very limit. Finally the battle came to an end and as a result the man who lost resigned from the Marines being unable to follow their new direction, and the man that won is now making his way to the top of the platform overlooking the crowed that came to witness his introduction as Fleet Admiral. Gathered all around to witness this are the very people that make up the Marines. People from the lowly recruits of the infantry division to the powerful Vice Admirals that surround the platform. Even the former Fleet Admiral, Sengoku, is there to see what his successor will say. As the man reaches the top of the platform he moves to the edge overlooking the crowd and begins his speech.
"My fellow Marines, thank you for being here on this day that marks the dawning of a new era.
After many difficult trials I am finally able to stand before you now as your new Fleet Admiral.
It is an honor to take on such a responsibility and I promise to uphold the position to the level
needed for the challenges we are about to face. We stand on the remains of the Marine Headquarters
that are still being repaired. Together we fought a battle here not long ago where we held our ground
against a barrage of pirates and criminals, but looking at this place now I have to wonder if
we really did. I never want to put us in a situation where we are fighting on our own doorstep again.
That isn't where the battle we need to win is. If criminals are able to reach us here where I am
standing then we have failed to do our job. The battle we need to win lies in the sea across
the Red Line. The place where those criminals and pirates resign that left our headquarters in
the state it is in today. So that is why I shall announce the immediate construction of a
new Marine Headquarters located not here in Marineford but instead in the battleground where
we need to be to face those that oppose us head on. The new Marine Headquarters shall be
moved to the New World."
News of this announcement quickly spread across the world. From the four blue seas to all parts of the Grand Line and the New World. People immediately wondered what this new aggressive approach from the Marines would mean and how the powerful forces in the New World would combat this. "How much more fighting would there be?" "Would the public be safe?" "And how would the Marines gain the forces needed to fight against so many powerful pirates including the The Yonko?" "Whitebeard had been defeated, but surely there would be more pirates clamoring to take his place, right?" Quickly some of these questions were answered. As news of the Marines moving their headquarters to the New World spread so did the implementation of a World Draft. To strengthen the Marine forces the Marines and World Government issued a draft where allied nations would be made to enlist their powerful citizens to battle alongside the Marines in order to fight against those criminals and pirates that rule the New World. This too caused a drastic change in the world.
In the wake of all this news the stage has been set. Pirates, Marines, and people from all different nations and backgrounds began to race towards the New World where the future for everyone would be decided. People who sought fame, fortune or battle would surely find it there. The man that had taken the life of Whitebeard, his former subordinate Marshall D. Teach, had already started causing and uproar in the New World in the wake of Whitebeard's death and others would be sure to follow. This is where the dawning of a new era begins as the people of the world react to all these sudden changes and wonder what this means for each of them personally and some begin to set their eyes on the New World.