Istapali was previously a colony under the control of Hulstria.
Istapali is among Terra's most desert-filled nations. Much of the central portion of the country is covered by the Quetzalxochitl-Huitztonqui Desert, which is iconic for its series of geoglyhs commmonly referred to as the Quetzalxochitl-Huitztonqui Signs.
Government and politicsEdit
Istapali has a federal structure.
The President is the national head of state and the most powerful figure in the federal government.
Politics and electionsEdit
The most succesful political party has been the Socialist Party. Other political parties in the country include the Republican Party, People First and the Movement for National Strength.
Istapali has a federal constitution and an entrenched political culture of federalism. Below the national level, the country is divided into 22 districts, 40 departments, 3 republics and 4 federal cities. Each has its own status within the constitutional structure and there are differences between the categories and within them. As a general rule, republics have more autonomy than departments and districts. The latter two are effectively different terms for the same entity. Federal cities have the least autonomy, notably lacking official constitutions of their own and managed by the federal government.
Istapali's closest allies are its neighbours who were also ruled by Hulstria.
The Istapalian economy relies heavily on exporting goods.
Compared with the rest of Terra, Istapali has a high level of subsistence farming.
Most tourists in Istapali are attracted by its ancient historical sites, especially those of the Istapali Empire.
Transport links within Istapali are poor. Road networks are often damaged and rail travel is limited.
In modern times, Istapali is a mixture between the native Istapali people and later settlers and migrants.
The dominant ethnic group is the Istapali people.
The official language of Istapali is Dundorfian.
Religion in Istapali is a mix between traditional belief systems and the Hosianism of Hulstrian settlers.
Recently, efforts to emphasise traditional Istapalian culture have gathered momentum.
ArtEditIstapali has a rich art history.
Traditional Istapalian music has had a global impact and influenced artists much further than its borders.
Potatoes and quinoa are central to the cuisine of Istapali.
The most popular sport in Istapali is football/soccer.