I'm letting the AI duke it out offline, so I hit 'surrender' and than chose 'keep playing' so I could spectate it.
I wondered if I could give money to the pirates; and I tried.
Perhaps the game stops you, or perhaps it was game lag but I couldn't give money to the pirates.
I than hit shift and tried again; this time it worked. I could give money to pirates even though I couldn't build anything.
So, is this intended or an exploit?