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|Commonwealth of Istan
|Recognised national languages||Istani, Norjihani|
25,713 sq mi
|Time zone||Istani Standard Time (SCT+1:30)|
|Drives on the||right|
Istan was, from 1314 to 1605, part of the Grand Viceroyalty of Istan.
Before the Great Ekuosian War, it was an absolute monarchy known as the Kingdom of Istan. In 1948, while supporting the Veridia in the GEW, the kingdom collapsed into the Republic of Istan and the short-lived Republic of Istan. After Veridia's surrender, a Kúúlist puppet government was installed by the Helsonian Union, and Istan became a member of the Helsonian Bloc. In 1976, ideological differences with Helsonia and widespread unrest led to a series of coups in which first a Kuulist Junta came to power, and then they were in turn removed from power.
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Istan has no official state religion, but is de facto Gennist. Despite the relatively large Iovist minority, alongside other religious groups including Devotionists and even a small community of Pashaists, only Gennists are allowed to hold any form of public office; removing this restriction was previously rejected in a referendum, 69% to 31%. Gennist religious laws are also in many cases the basis for secular legislation, and blasphemy is still illegal. Temple Courts also continue to run although their scope is limited; however, they do have powers to try not only Gennists but adherents of other religions or even those who are not religious but have committed canon crimes. Meanwhile, even secular judges have to undergo an examination to ensure sufficient knowledge of various religious texts, and in line with other public authority figures have to be Gennist. Pashaists have particularly suffered as a result of Istan’s religious laws, with the construction of Pashaist temples strictly forbidden and preaching closely monitored and only allowed in certain areas and at certain times. Irreligion has only recently been decriminalised, much like in Norjihan, but continues to be very socially stigmatising.