During the Universe War, Megatron achieved a lofty position in the Predacon military, the Maximal High Council and Elders were exterminated (along
with a sizeable portion of the technorganic populace), and Optimus Primal, along with his staunchest allies, head the forces of the now-splintered Children of Primus. War seems all but certain, leaving only one question unanswered...which faction shall prevail?
For context, the Maximal Imperium and Predacon Alliance have been in a cold war pretty much since their foundings as nations. The Maximal Elders for the longest time kept the new population of Cybertronians ignorant of the Great War and it's heroes, although the Predacons seemed to have much less extreme restrictions on information. Predacon protoform production is much smaller than that of the Maximals, although given the Great Reformatting changing Transformers on a cellular level AND the Universe War bringing together warriors from other dimensions, this point may now be moot.
The Maximals would have the advantage in organization, as Optimus Primal is the de facto head of state for the Maximal Imperium. As for the Predacons, Megatron, Galvatron, Razorclaw, and the Tripredacus Council are all still on the table as players, possibly resulting in a situation similar to the Decepticon Warlords from Wings Universe.
Transwarp technology is still alive and well, and the ramifications of transwarp use during a Fourth Cybertronian War is to be feared. Cloaking technology is also well developed by this time period, making stealth fleets viable. The Maximals are implied to have colony worlds under their control, though whether or not the Predacons have any territories beyond Cybertron is unknown. Lastly, Cybertron's transformation into a technorganic world makes previously unknown or niche fields of combat, such as naval warfare, much more relevant. This also applies to the populace itself, as post-Great Reformatting technology may now be rendered useless, requiring new war time innovations.
With that out of the way, I ask the community this: Which faction do you think would prevail (removing any plot armor or the 'good guys always win' mentality). How, in the minds of the fandom, would a war of such a scale play out, and what would you all personally like to see in such a conflict? Would a more Earth-like setting produce similar tactics as used on our world, albeit with a Cybertronian flare and certain alterations due to Transformer mechanics? How would the various governments and nations cope after the gruelling campaigns of the Universe War? Feel free to add in a little fanon or take some creative liberties for the sake of fun!
By the end of the Universe War, the Minions of Unicron have been defeated, the Children of Primus stand victorious, and creation has been saved...what comes next?