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.

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maxpowr3
maxpowr3

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

dkdk999
dkdk999

Damn, americans are blowing up other countries even in video games.

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! :)

dmblum1799
dmblum1799

I would never underestimate the American can do spirit of being obnoxious and warlike. What amused me were the Danes response: hey, it's part of the game. A couple years ago they surveyed the happiest countries - Denmark was number one.

sundfeld
sundfeld

but, but, there is no oil there!!!!


Jaykray
Jaykray

American 'exceptionalism' at its finest. Quickly becoming the stupidest of industrialized nations, but never discount that exceptionalism!

kdizzle37
kdizzle37

Instead of blowing it up, the USA people should have laid a bunch of sanctions all over the place that would show them!

vadagar1
vadagar1

pfff instead of whining about it shouldn't the danes counter attack by going in the map and destroying everything ??


then make a massive nuke and write on the side


"bound to the USA, with love :D"


hwrdstrnsbals
hwrdstrnsbals

At least they had a good sense of humor about it.  it is a childish video game, for christ's sake

ecs33
ecs33

Planting swastikas would have atleast been historically accurate. lol

jark888
jark888

That was cruel. Mojang AB should have time machine feature to bring back the complete creation and reserve it for studying purpose.

sonicare
sonicare

Lol.  I bet they werent even americans.

jjleshko90
jjleshko90

I guess Eman does the fluff articles?

TalesOfGod
TalesOfGod

I'll admit it, this gave me a great laugh.


Shine on, you brilliant monsters.

mark_unix
mark_unix

And: 

Danish government proves again what a bunch of lame ass losers Americans are ( -__-) Pathetic...

zpluffy
zpluffy

YEAHHH!...Get SOME!!!


lol

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

lol that sux....


america living up to their stereo types

ryan0991
ryan0991

@dmblum1799 A bit defensive, are we?


And no I don't care that your comments is months old.

ryan0991
ryan0991

@Jaykray What's really funny is all the anti-American people who can't take a joke.


And no I don't care that your comments is months old.

skizfrenik_syco
skizfrenik_syco

@jark888  "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."

They can reload the original server, they're just choosing not to...Do you know how to read?

JM_Lerris
JM_Lerris

@mark_unix  Yes, some american kids did something stupid (if they were even American). That never happens in other countries! 

ryan0991
ryan0991

@jsmoke03 And since so many people can't take a joke, they're not the only ones living up to stereotypes.

crujoness
crujoness

@jsmoke03  There is no mentioned of who did it or where they are from. Good job at stereotyping what you "think" is stereotypical behavior. 

mark_unix
mark_unix

@ryan0991 @mark_unix Yes, because we all know the US is well know for taking a joke... ~(land of the freedom fries)~

And when someone makes a joke about terror, they end up in Guantanamo bay.. (so take a joke, jump of the nearest cliff)

mark_unix
mark_unix

@ryan0991 @mark_unix Says someone from a country where not taking a joke is a national sport...

terrorism was a joke, but well, we all know what happened there ( -__-)

chrille27
chrille27

@JM_Lerris @mark_unix  You are right to point that out with your sarcasm, because Denmark too has had trouble internationally, however Denmark had the guts to stand up to it and apologize

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

@Renoo27 @crujoness@jsmoke03Admittedly, anyone from any country (particularly, anyone who hates America) could easily have done it just out of spite. I'm not saying they definitely weren't American, but you can't say they definitely are either.