**Topologically ordered phase states: exact solutions on the way from braids to string-nets**

**Abstract:**

We consider universal statistical properties of systems that are characterized by phase states with macroscopic
degeneracy of the ground state. A possible topological order in such systems is described by non-linear discrete equations.
We focus on the discrete equations which take place in the case of generalized exclusion principle statistics.
We show that their exact solutions are quantum dimensions of the irreducible representations of certain quantum group.
These solutions provide an example of the point where the generalized exclusion principle statistics and braid statistics
meet each other.