i've never bothered with the Tribute system. Im always stressed for workers as it is to justify making jewelry that isnt getting me more metal, animals, or replenishing my foodstuffs (for some reason prior to year3 i always dip in the danger zone for food/drink)
Though i will admit, i dabbled in the Insult system when it first came out. That was a mistake LOL. I had 10 soldiers in Steel on the far end of a really long spike deathtrap, and my measly insult worth of 600 sent so many goblins/ogres they cleared my entire kingdom of gnomes before the wave stopped coming lol. I suggest avoiding that feature.