Sun Jian has the be my favorite of all the SanGuo rulers.
When Sun Jian was 17, he was serving under his father and killed the leader of a local pirate gang, by pretending that there were other soldiers with him.
After that he fought numerous Han Rebels, even before the Yellow Turbans and Dong Zhuo. The real Sun Jian was the one who killed Hua Xiong, and not Guan Yu like in SGYY.
Some interesting points:
- Sun Jian was the leader of the 5 Tigers of Jiang Dong
- Zu Mao was actualy a Han official who helped Sun Jian get appointed to fight the yellow scarves
- Sun Jian did not flee from Yuan Shao like SGYY says
- The reason for Sun Jian going against Liu Biao is because of Yuan Shu (read his SGZ bio for details)
All in all, I would say that if Sun Jian had been anble to defeat Liu Biao, he would have turned around and killed Yuan Shu, then the south would practically already be his.
He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.