Hmmm. A 1399 comparison of ROTW Ethiopia with its CK neighbor Tripoli reveals that Tripoli has:ROTW in here instead all started in heavenly positions with god-kings and tech and slider lead to europeans.
one more Innovative
three more Free Trade
three more Offensive
one more Naval
one more Quality
three more Free Subjects
I don't guarantee that this will hold for every ROTW nation, and I certainly am not going to comb through them all, but I'd have traded Tripoli's sliders for mine.
As for our position, we're in Africa. Africa of the Tiny Tax and Endless Grain.