The Marine Headquarters is the main division of the Marine organization. They are considered "super-elites" among the Marines and are about three ranks apart from the stardard Marine ranks in terms of standards of power. Whereas the Marine Branches are in charge of the four blues, the Headquarters' jurisdiction covers the Grand Line. The Headquarters' base of operations is currently in the New World, near the Red Line. Until two years ago, its base of operations was set in Paradise, on Marineford.
Base of OperationsEdit
For further information, see Marineford.
Before the timeskip, the base of operations for Marine Headquarters was based at Marineford. However, after the Battle of Marineford, operations were moved to a new location.
New Marine Headquarters BaseEdit
The new Marine Headquarters is set on the island where the G-1 Base was set until two years ago. It is shown to have a mainly western style, in contrast with the ancient Japanese-stylized former one. To mark this difference, the new palace shows also the occidental name of the organization, other then the usual kanji.
Its perimeter is followed by a rectangular-shaped wall, with large towers in the corners, on top of which there are cannons, watchtowers and flags. On the wall is reported the text "MARINE".
In the inside of the wall there's a huge cylindrical-shaped tower with the Marine symbol on it and the kanji for "Marines". On the top of this tower is collocated a structure similar to a Roman colosseum, with three concentric scaled lines of fake arcades where are positioned various cannons.
In the inside of the colosseum structure, there's an ancient Japanese-stylized tower, similar to the previous Headquarters, with a huge entrance and a pagoda-shaped upper structure.
From the pagoda's sides, two huge curved ramps starts, ending out of the external wall. On their highest points, two little structures are collocated.
While the location of the island is unknown, there are bubbles in the air, similar to those produced by the Yarukiman Mangrove in Sabaody Archipelago.
Grand Line BranchesEdit
The Marine Headquarters has an unknown number of Branch bases scattered across the Grand Line.
Outside the Grand LineEdit
The Marine Headquarters usually have their hands full with the Grand Line, and thus have no time to deal with problems in the Four Blues. However, should circumstances be severe enough, or if it so happens to be convenient, HQ would send forces to deal with such situations, the little known cases are: