This has turned into a really useful thread with lots of nice tips. I hadn't thought of it but depending on the CSs you meet and how rapid your early expansion is Amani could out produce Pingala in early culture or science. Now that I think about it, one promotion on Amani with her dropped into a science CS with one envoy would not you as much if not more science than Ping plus era points to get the early GA. She does that with one promo leaving you more to dump into Magnus and Liang or Pingala later. I have a hard time not picking Magnus first because I often have to chop to get my ideal district spot open and I hate chopping without him. Amani might be my second pick in the future though.