MTWIIUpdate 2 with dlv 2.2
Playing as Venice. VH/VH. About 10 to 12 turns into the campaign. 4 Cities taken so far.
All very easy so far. Example, HRE declares war, next turn or 2 it asks for a ceasefire then gives me a city I asked for in exchange. Milan (my ally) did declare war on HRE when HRE declared war on me, so it may have been sensible in for them, but a lost city is no small matter. HRE then declared a ceasefire with Milan and declared war on Denmark I think. HRE is largest faction.
No p[roblem making alliances with anyone so far...getting paid to.
Usual ship blockading me for a turn then going away.
All AI factions I have met so far ( about 5) have been on low, bankrupt or meagre etc finances.
All diplomacy has resulted in me getting some money from AI (trade rights from me being "very generous" for example, so no problem asking for money.
Neutral Sicily did an unprovoked attack on a city of mine, but the garrison script enabled me to wipe that army out (wish garrison script was not for the player). Sicily asked for ceasefire in a turn or two...more money for me.
Small ai armies so far.
Separate issue, but all rebel settlements woefully undermanned.