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The Danish government recreated Denmark in Minecraft...it was blown up by trolls shortly after completion

5/11/14 7:40pm

In what is probably the most bizarre story of the week, a 1:1 scale Minecraft recreation of Denmark was swiftly destroyed by a group of trolls, which would then vandalize the debris with American flags. 

For the sake of teaching school children about its landscape and to encourage the development of design and planning skills, within in a fun and interactive environment, Denmark's Geodata Agency recreated the entire country in Minecraft, brick by brick. By the time it was finished, this model Denmark consisted of 4000 billion bricks and used up a total of 1 terabyte of government data. The organization even implemented several servers to keep things fully operational, as traffic began to grow. 

All was fine for awhile, as Steves from across the world enjoyed the sights, learned basic architecture skills, and went about their days in blissful harmony. But the peace in this harmless edutainment nation was not meant to last. 

Chaos soon erupted, as a group of militant Steves began to routinely bomb Denmark 1:1 landmarks with dynamite they had stored in their inventory. They would then proceed to plant American flags in the debris, to give it that extra touch of class and civility. 

Danish officials quickly stepped in, hoping to stop the madness with polite messages; asking players to not commit these acts of vandalism (or at the very least, build something new to replace whatever they destroy). Of course, they also issued a nation-wide ban on dynamite, thinking that'd be enough to prevent further attacks. Unfortunately, they forgot to ban the "minecart with dynamite item." Once the trolls discovered this oversight, they proceeded to blow up entire towns. To add insult to injury, Americanized tanks were constructed using bits of the rubble. Truly the map became a one-sided warzone. 

 

This is the end result of an attack on Minecraft Copenhagen...at least the invaders built new things.

Despite what happened, DGA officials managed to look on the bright side of the situation. In a statement issued to UK tech blog The Register, spokesman Chris Hammeken noted only minor areas were completely leveled (although as you can see, quite a bit of damage was done to the nation's capital) and that such destruction is all part of the Minecraft experience. Although, they won't be spending too much time on a rebuilding effort.

"We consider that as a nature of playing Minecraft – elements are broken down and new are being created. 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.
"We are very happy to see that so many players around the world is creating fancy nice things and have fun."

As much fun as I've had writing this article, I will admit it's pretty sad there's people out there petty enough to destroy something that obviously took a lot of time and effort to build (mainly for kids by the way), just because they can.

*Sigh* Someday we'll be able to have nice things. Someday.  

The model is currently available for download on the Danish government's website. Thus far, it has been downloaded over 200,000 times.

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