MiniLand is a micronation completely maintained and poulated by LEGO Minifigures. MiniLand is a new concept because it is not run by humans at all, but rather humanoids. Minifigure-Human= 1:47.
The very first minifigure was a police officer (PC Smithson), followed by a fireman, a nurse, astronauts, medieval knights, a gas station attendant and a construction worker. Jens Nygaard Knudsen-a LEGO employee since 1968-came up with the figure after 50 prototypes. The first ones were carved from LEGO bricks, their later cousins were cast in tin. At the time the company was in crisis and his minifigure literally breathed life into the bricks. The minfigs hail Kudsen as their King, until the Plastic Revolution, when they became a Republic. This nation is 41 years old.
Minifigures represent the world’s largest population, more than 4 billion people strong, making it 3 times larger than China, 12 times larger than the United States and 120 times larger than Canada. Since the modern minifig’s current form was introduced in the late 1970s, LEGO has produced enough minifigs to circle the Earth at least four times. The ratio of male to female minifigs is about 18 to 1.
Racial Diversity in MiniLand
In 1997, Native Americans became the first minifigures with recognizable ethnic identities. In 2003 LEGO introduces 'fleshie' colours, there are both dark (African) and light (Caucasian) players.
At present, MiniLand official claim embassies 'wherever a structure suitably made and sized for Minifigures has been built. This claim is only valid if the buildee is willing.' However they stake the largest claim on LEGO Windsor's Miniland.This is their proclaimed 'homeland' although there are other territories in the other LEGOLands' Miniland attraction.
This consists of a number of large Lego models and landscapes depicting towns and cities from around the world. Nearly 40 million Lego bricks were used to construct the models, which tend to be on a 1 to 47 scale. The models change frequently from year to year, and contain many animated and moving pieces. A London section now includes many new buildings including the Gherkin, the Millennium Bridge, a rotating London Eye and Canary Wharf. Other famous London landmarks modelled in Lego include St Paul's Cathedral, Horseguards Parade (with the Queen) and Tower Bridge. A train system exists (operated by minifigures),modelled on the Docklands Light Railway. An England section includes Brighton Pier, the Angel of the North, Smiths Arms Wiltshire (the smallest pub in Britain) and Stonehenge. A Scotland area includes Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, Eilean Donan, Jedburgh Abbey, Blair Atholl and Loch Ness. Numerous other countries feature including Sweden, France, Italy, and the Netherlands. A taxi within Miniland leaving its charging point Miniland contains a large number of animated models, many of which interact with each other. Cars, lorries and buses all move and appear steer, never leaving their set paths, yet not using any rails. These operate using cables buried beneath the paths that emit a low-level radio wave specific to each vehicle.The Minfigures use these as non-operated public transport around their 'city'. Outside park opening hours, the vehicles stop on the charging points and recharge overnight.
MiniLand runs on the Stud Standard- 'studs' are usually used as currency, and these work as 'banknotes' of a kind. Golden Lego coins are not actually traded as currency, but are the equivalent of gold bullion, but were used in primitive communties.