General of the Left (along with General of the Right, Front and Rear) was usually picked based on abilities rather than family ties, and was directly subordinate to the central government.
左将军 (simplified, Pinyin zuǒ jiāngjūn, traditional 左將軍)
- 2003, Yōhei Hara, 图解三国时代, p. 251 (in Mandarin, translated from Japanese), ISBN 9867881729:
- "左将军" (in Mandarin), Baidu Online Encyclopedia. URL accessed on 2007-12-31.