Freedonia is the name of the world hosted on the MinecraftOnline.com server.
What makes it special
This world has multiple distinguishing characteristics which mark it out from the majority of online worlds:
- Freedonia was created within an hour of Notch releasing the Minecraft survival multiplayer server for public use, and has persisted since. It is thus believed to be the oldest online public survival world of any Minecraft server.
- Freedonia is large - the map spans a diameter of approximately 36km (36,000 in-game blocks) and is approximately 20GB of data at the time of writing (2019)
- The nether and end are 230MB and 223MB big, respectively.
- Freedonia has 154,000 registered players as of February 2019.
- We have over 60 staff members working on the server specific plugins that provide all of the special features, and to enforce the rules in general, but specifically to prevent griefing.
Information about Freedonia
New arrivals and respawning players are introduced to the world at the Spawn area in the middle of the map. The Freedonia Visitor Centre is the first thing you see and is the primary meeting point for the world.
Browsing the map is an excellent way to get to know Freedonia - many megaprojects are clearly visible due to their scale, and it is possible to get a good understanding of the overall geographical layout and travel possibilities by studying it. In game use the "/map" command to be given a link that you can then use in a browser to see what is close to your location.
All players are invited to add to the wiki by creating pages about their own constructions, organizations, and anything else of interest on the server.
For a comprehensive history of major events in Freedonia, see the Timeline page.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg8C46zBH20&ab_channel=ScarClaw On December 8,2020, ScarClaw72 posted a 15 minute video on YouTube showcasing Freedonia's map on the original version it first released on and the prominent changes to the map, as well as, the pieces of terrain that are still recognizable after 10 years.
Travelling in Freedonia
These are the ways that players can travel around the world of Freedonia. In addition to the wiki pages on the following travel topics there are Bytebasher's Travel Guides that give anecdotal information on travel and play as of Early 2019.
The first road in Freedonia was built to connect Spawn to the first settlement away from the centre. Since that time many roads, large and small have been constructed to help players move safely and swiftly around the server's map. Many of the server's roads are made for the floating FRS rail lines, or roads made by the FRC or other players.
The difference in scale between the Overworld and the Nether has been exploited by the Nether Highway System to speed travel between locations.
Warps are shown on the map as orange markers, and can be listed in-game with the /listwarps command. Each warp destination is a famous place worth seeing as part of getting to know Freedonia and the list of them is also in the wiki. Once you know your route use the /warp <destination's name> command to teleport to your destination.
Places that are not warp destinations that have wiki pages give the closest warp as a map link in the page's information block so that you can plan how to get to that location using a combination of warp and walk.
The Freedonia Railway System has service across large areas of the map. Several server attractions and settlements have direct rail service from spawn.
A growing number of destinations are also accessible from the water. Following the marked Boat Routes is a great way to get to know the world and a good starting point for your own exploration.
Nether Portals are placed in strategically selected settlements around the map to connect cities via The Nether. Access to the Nether Highway System is available using the portal located near Spawn in the Overworld.
- Freedonia was generated by once-admin runechan, who was the first to enter it, and gave the created world her seal of approval.
- Because the world was generated shortly after the release of SMP and large areas were explored in the early days, there are some things missing in the older parts of the map. For example there are no natural lapis lazuli ores, villages, witch huts, or emeralds near any of the older warps, because they were not yet implemented at the time of creation. (There is a village at spawn but that was created by a player)
- Due to the popularity of Freedonia, MinecraftOnline has inspired several Clone Servers throughout its history.