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Full Name : Cao Mengde []
Life Span : 65 years [155 - 220 AD]
Served : -
Home  : Qiao county, Pei country [Bozhou city in Anhui prov.]
Rank/Title  : King of Wei / Lord of Feiting - Lord of Wuping - King Wu
Description  : Founder and First King of Wei

     Even as a young boy, Cao Cao had a knack for clever tricks. Many people told him, "A skilled and dominating man is needed to pacify our world, that man will be you." And Cao Cao was told through proverb, "The wise men of the empire will emerge from the great villains of turbulent times."
     Cao Cao distinguished himself during the suppression of the Yellow Turban Rebellion. He was the one who roused leaders across China to unite against Dong Zhuo. Once Dong Zhuo was destroyed, he acquired Yanzhou as his base and built up his military by subjugating former Yellow Turban rebels. Then, posing as Emperor Xian's protector, Cao Cao stationed his own guards around the Imperial Palace in a move to secure power over the throne. He even moved the capital from Luoyang to Xuchang.
     He branched out across the northern regions and subjugated Yuan Shu and Lu Bu. In a final sweep of Yuan Shao's puny forces, the entire northern frontier succumbed to him. However, in the battle of Red Wall, the forces he led southward into the Jing district were no match for the joint defense of Sun Quan and Liu Bei. His army perished in flames during a battle on the river.
     Following defeat at Red Wall, he retreated northward to salvage his home base. Later when he gained control of Hanzhong, Cao Cao's territory encompassed roughly two-thirds of all provinces in China. his advisors urged him to depose the Emperor and step up to the throne. Instead, he declared himself Duke of the Wei Kingdom, thereby preserving his military authority.
     Cao Cao was a brilliant military strategist and quickly rose to military eminence. Unlike other rulers who dispatched their generals to lead armies into war, he always rode at the front of his army. As a domestic administrator, Cao Cao developed a system for colonization and distribution of provisions. Zhuge Liang and Lu Xun also adopted this plan, thus making it popular throughout China. He was known to scout talent even from amongst enemy armies. It showed that he recruited talented men who fought for duty's sake alone.
     Although positioned on the battlefield much of the time, Cao Cao never gave up his books. He revered scholarship in earnest. He wrote a famous book named "Treatise of Mengde". In particular he was well-versed in the tactical writings of Sun Tzu, and to this day his critique of Sun Tzu's war manual is still read. Cao Cao was truly a master of both military and literary arts.