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You can't assign an object literal to something that is of a generic type. The generic type constrain defines the minimal set of properties that S can have, but it could have more properties, some of them mandatory, consider this derived class:

class MyStatefulComponent extends StatefulComponent<StatefulProps, StatefulState & { newMandatoryProp: number }> {
    constructor(p: StatefulProps){
        this.state.newMandatoryProp // will be undefined beacuse the base class did not initailize it correctly 
    generateState(stateName: string, stateParam?: any): object { return null as any }

You can use a type assertion to do this anyway but it is not type safe:

export default abstract class StatefulComponent<P extends StatefulProps, S extends StatefulState> extends React.Component<P, S> {
    constructor(props: P) {

        this.state = {
            machine: {},
            name: '',
        } as S;

You could also have an abstract method for creating the state, and pass responsibility of creating the full state object to the derived class.

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