James wrote:Oh, certainly it would have broken protocol and brought about some problems. And it would have likely had consequences, ranging in impact from moderate to fatal depending on how such a thing were carried out and by whom. It just seems to me that it is something which has been done out of necessity a number of times in Chinese history, given someone with enough authority, and something worth considering in the case of Shu.
It would have been interesting to witness the way Liu Shan handled daily affairs first hand.
Jiang Wei understandably did not wish to become the next Wei Yan. Marching on the capital in such a manner would cause him irrepairable damage and Liu Shan and the court would no longer support him. Thus, Jiang Wei would have to replace Liu Shan to effect lasting change, but if he replaces him with one of his sons, Jiang Wei will need to keep a close watch at home which detracts from his main interest of external campaigns.
Removing Huang Hao is like treating a symptom and not the underlying illness - there is any number of corrupt ppl at any given time, it is up to the Emperor in the end who he listens to. Jiang Wei did not have the will to tackle the problem at home. The rest of the court also resigned themselves to failure too after Liu Shan was obviously not interested in listening and would demote you for your troubles.
Despite the corrupt regime at home, Jiang Wei felt it would be nice to extend Shu's crap reign to the rest of China and drained the state, ultimately even compromising the defence of Shu and contributing to the demise of the state. These are key differences with ZL.