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Yuan Shao, courtesy name Benchu,was a warlord whose brother was Yuan Shu.He joined He Jin's plot to eliminate the eunuchs but He Jin's plot failed and Dong Zhuo came into the city(Dong Zhuo was summoned by He Jin earlier) and kicked Yuan Shao and his friend Cao Cao out.A few months after Dong Zhuo overthrew Emperor Shao,Yuan was leading the coalition against Dong Zhuo.Sun Jian defeated Dong Zhuo and he relocated the capital to Chang'an.Soon after,the Yuan brothers were in a power struggle with Yuan Shao's allies being Cao Cao and Liu Biao while Yuan Shu's allies being Sun Jian and Gongsun Zan.After defeating Gongsun Zan and taking his territory,he declared war on his ally Cao Cao but was defeated at the decisive Battle of Guandu.He died soon after and was suceeded by his son Yuan Shang.But soon after his sons were in a power struggle just like him and his brother,allowing Cao Cao to take over.After Yuan Shao's death,Cao Cao came to the funeral and wept bitterly for his old friend and gave Yuan's family a government pension and many gifts.

  

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