It seems that with Himaruya's Hetalia desktop mascots, there's a special "mystery" character that pops up, hidden in a cardboard box. I wonder when (or if) they'll be revealed? I love the little SD mascots and it'll be interesting to see a new one.
They seem to pop up with Belarus, so one theory is that they're a former SSR like her. If we go by this, there are quite a few options:
- Moldova (appeared vaguely in the World Economy map sketch)
- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukzbekistan, or Turkmenistan
An alternate guess is that they're one of the Eastern Bloc countries. I've seen speculation by some Japanese fans that wondered if they'd be Czechoslovakia in that case. But it seems like another hint from the cardboard-box character has given two different possibilities, related to Buddhism:
- Kalmykia Republic
The latter seems like they could work with being alongside Belarus, though the mystery character might be an even bigger surprise. I wonder if there will be any others?