I thought I'd try playing as the Snathi for a change but apparently they start with 2300 gold rather than the standard 5000 (at genius level). I restarted and got 2300 again.
I can't find this documented (tried googling galciv3 starting gold but perhaps missed the right page).
Is this some feature which I've missed or a bug? (Perhaps minor races start with 2300 and it's got confused?)