Danish government creates entire country in Minecraft, users promptly blow it up and plant American flag

This is why we can’t have nice things.

The Danish Geodata Agency recently recreated the entire country of Denmark in Minecraft at a 1:1 scale. It’s one of the biggest Minecraft creations ever, made up of about 4000 billion brick and 1 terabyte of data. It was ingeniously built using the agency’s 3D elevation model and was meant to be used as a teaching tool.

Of course, players almost immediately began blowing it up.

They weren’t supposed to be able to. The Danish Geodata Agency, disabled the ability to use dynamite, but neglected to disable the minecart with dynamite item. According to The Register, players discovered this, set off explosives in several Danish towns, and built American tanks and flags on top of the ruins.

"We consider that as a nature of playing Minecraft – elements are broken down and new are being created,” Danish Geodata Agency spokesman Chris Hammeken told The Register. “Therefore we will not reboot the demonstration of Denmark in Minecraft. But occasionally we will rebuild minor areas if buildings are removed and nothing new is being created."

You can download the Denmark map in sections from the Danish Geodata Agency’s website. So far it’s been quite popular, with over 200,000 downloads.

"We are very happy to see so many players around the world creating fancy nice things and have fun," Hammeken said.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg and Google+.

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659 comments
leapfrog91
leapfrog91

Why does everyone in these comments assume an American did this? Seems more like a satirical statement to me!

Eraldus
Eraldus

Now all the danish goverment needs to do is recreate the Twin Towers incident and... watch from afar while eating popcorn

laxwiz
laxwiz

Typical american juvenile behaviour, surprised they haven't destroyed the real Legoland, since that's all minecrap is, virtual lego.  I have been playing games since my first Atari 2600 with Pong, I am just really blown away how far gaming has come through graphic enhancement, AI and playability.  Seems kind of pointless to create things out of squares when the consoles nowadays can show almost lifelike creations?????

phili878
phili878

Haha, must have been the guys at Somethingawul, they sure can have a lot of style... great job!!!

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Oh, great. Now every game is turning into COD.

marsielle
marsielle

It seems like Denmark needed some American democracy George Bush style ;).

bandit7319
bandit7319

While I think that's pretty uncool that people did it considering the attention to detail the group put into it (I haven't ever played Minecraft but it sounds like that'd take a lot of time to do), it's also pretty funny lol.  But I'm happy that Denmark has a sense of humor about it at least. 

Bastion00
Bastion00

This is just the nature of people.  If it is possible, people will try to ruin it, always, and will most likely succeed.  No specific authenticity or race required and absolutely no exception.  This is why MMORPGs have to be utterly child proof if they want all their players to enjoy their games.

joesguy
joesguy

They seem pretty chill about all that. Reverse the nations involved and a world war would ensue. Damn Americans.....

binarylad
binarylad

Can they make Kyrat from Far Cry 4?

tongchang
tongchang

should see american news and history books

maxpowr3
maxpowr3

Only would have been more amusing if it was German flags.

ryan0991
ryan0991

Funny all the anti-American people who can't take a joke.


Lots of inferiority complexes.

woodfoot
woodfoot

don't shout about it : www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhsKhbIKS68

rickywsf
rickywsf

I wonder if there were a bunch of dead zoo animals just lying about everywhere?

johnw1104
johnw1104

Haha that was one of the funnier article titles I've ever come across!


Also, many people are being waaaay too sensitive in here; If the US government made their own version of this it'd get annihilated all the quicker lol

lilflipp
lilflipp

Clearly Canadians did that to frame Americans. It's all part of our plan. Paint you as the villain and one day, we'll just show up at your borders a BOOM, that's it. We taken over Murica. You'll never see it coming. We got the cats on our side too.


To be honest, it couldn't have been any other flag. It just wouldn't have had the same effect. This is perfection

craftyj
craftyj

The people who blew up Denmark are jerks!  I wanted to play the original Denmark, and now I can't.  If I were Notch, I would ban them.  I have a friend in Denmark.  P.S. I am 8.

lostcause78
lostcause78

Haha this is hilarious, love it! 


As for why they won't reboot. This gives them more PR and attention than anything else could have. If the goal was to educate and/or reach the masses, mission accomplished. Good job internet! :)

rdobet
rdobet

@laxwiz While I agree this is juvenile as can be, if you think minecraft is exactly like lego and graphics are all that matter, then you still have quite a bit of learning about games which is sad for anyone playing since Atari.

externalpower43
externalpower43

@Sanligo "Hard work" Lol. More like waste of time. This is the best story I have read all day.

externalpower43
externalpower43

@zefur Then they should have taken out the exploding mine carts. Then their "work" would still be here in all its pointless glory.

Eraldus
Eraldus

@joesguy Just have them redo the 9/11 incident, only to see the madness everywhere

Sanligo
Sanligo

@joesguy Americans would go to war over a Minecraft server? I get that it's popular to hate Americans but you're crossing over into hateful ignorance territory.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

@ryan0991 Or maybe we're busy not being dicks to other people online.

Either or, I guess.

drumjod
drumjod

@woodfoot Did you write that? It has a nice melody. The song reminds me a little bit of Fred Armisen's tunes.

blonkster728
blonkster728

@rdobet @laxwiz You can't make a game that allows the user to create anything remotely lifelike within the game. Checkmate. Also assuming it's from Americans is a bit dumb too.

joesguy
joesguy

@Eraldus @joesguy I can tell you, many, many people would cry for blood if that became a mainstream thing.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

@sleazy6565 Yeah, I really should stop being a decent human being and just dump on everyone, reinforcing the existing negative stereotypes that surround me.

sleazy6565
sleazy6565

You'd have more friends that way

joesguy
joesguy

@sleazy6565 Well you certainly shot yourself in the foot there. Good show, sport.