Hey All !
To get a campaign rolling or to make some fast Mnari in the beginning of the game Diplomats are your best weapon !
Allways check out your diplomatic situation first !
Move the diplomat in the direction to the factions with which u are in war !
And offer them a ceasefire and ask for a single payment !!
Just tried that out with Pontus , Rome and Sweboz !
When u play with Pontus u can get a ceasefire with Ptolemaio and they gonna pay u 12.5k Mnari ! But remind dont take Mazakaa in the first round ( works if u get the spy inside the town) because u need it as a border between u and Ptolemaio otherwhise they dont gonna accept ! If u attack and capture Mazaka the next rounds u can also get ceasefire again with AS and they gonna pay 7.5 Mnari ( maybe not in the same round but 2 rounds later) sometimes also in the same round If u attack AS some rounds later again for example in Antiocheia to make some quick money from looting and destroying the city ! u have the chance that the AS gonna ask u for a ceasefire again ! If u offer them Antiocheia as a gift and ask for 5k they offer an alliance
With Sweboz u can get ceasefire with Averni and Aedui both gonna pay 10k Mnari !!
With Rome i just tried out Aedui for now and they payed 10k !
Also try to sell your map information (2-3k was the best i could get so far )
So i think this is some nice Money in the beginning for doing nothing !