Sabst, I am working on better tolling for i18n for meteor. First, I wrote an atom plugin that extracts the strings from the project, this will dramatically decrease the setup time and strain. Although my plugin is based on regular expressions instead of ast decomposition with Babel.
Second part of tools will be a meteor package for setting up the locale and using server routes to download a current locale. I do not like to have strings in the database as this delays the rendering. The server strings can be cached on client and new version loaded by a different timestamp. I hope to release the tooling some time this week.