from wat the AL says in chapter 329, the ultimate goal of Akatsuki is world domination, which will be achieved in this way: 1. make a lot of money 2. create the first mercenary organization in the whole world, allowing the small nations to trim down on shinobi villages in times of peace, and then in times of war Akatsuki will supply the shinobi for the war, create the war, etc. the bijuu will be used to 'create wars suited for the market'. eventually they will have a monopoly on wars, and destroy the shinobi villages system altogether, forcing EVERYBODY to rely on Akatsuki. 3. take over the world i don't know about the rest of you, but this sounds kind of fishy to me. it sounds like it could be a reasonable plan, well thought out and everything, taking over the world by taking over the world's economies. however... what exactly does he mean by using the bijuu to create wars suited for the market? are there more than just the 9 members of Akatsuki? perhaps they're just the main branch and there are hundreds of people following them? otherwise, how would 9 people be a mercenary organization? how would they monopolize wars? if that means that all fighting is done by them, wouldn't it become Akatsuki vs. Akatsuki, and end up hurting themselves? so... i think that AL has some other motive that he's keeping hidden from the other Akatsuki members. there just seem to be some gaps in his plan that make it seem less plausible. do you think the AL is hiding anything? if so, wat? if not, why not?