"Civil disorder in September 1998 destroyed 80% of the commercial infrastructure in Maseru {the capital} and two other major towns." -- CIA World Factbook 1999. This was apparently the result of an attempted military takeover during a dispute over possible election fraud. South Africa sent in troops to try and calm things down, but the Basotho (the adjective for people from Lesotho) tended to see this as the first step toward being taken over by the country that surrounds them.