A QAnon leader whose followers believe she is the “Queen of Canada” has now set her sights on the United States, urging her followers to impose her dangerous “edicts” on America.
To people outside of the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory, Romana Didulo is just another Canadian citizen. But to her supporters, she is a monarch ordained by Q and the US military to rule Canada and, ultimately, the world. After being endorsed by other QAnon supporters, Didulo managed to build a following and is currently touring Canada in RV fleet to meet with her supporters.
Now, however, Didulo’s ambitions seem to have grown. In July, she began telling her more than 60,000 followers on the Telegram messaging app about the establishment of the “Kingdom of America,” handing out royal “titles” to Americans who promised to promote her reign there and appointing a new “ruler” of United States. -leader,” a man named David Carlson.
While Didulo’s ideas are ridiculous, they have already impacted Canada in the real world. When Didullo told her fans that she had abolished Canada’s income tax, some stopped paying taxes to the Canadian government. Because Didulo issued a “decree” announcing that her supporters could now pay their utility bills with “IOUs” backed by her fake government, her supporters have started losing electricity and water in their homes.
“They’re literally in the dark,” said Christine Sarteschi, an associate professor of social work and criminology at Chatham University who has studied Didulo’s group.
The Daily Beast could not reach Didulo or Carlson for comment.
More seriously, Didulo’s claims that she runs a parallel government to the real Canadian one have put her followers at odds with law enforcement. Last year, she he urged her followers to “shoot to kill” COVID-19 vaccine workers. One of Didulo’s followers was arrested after he allegedly threatened to shoot up a school where children were being vaccinated.
Others followed Didulo’s orders to deliver false cease-and-desist notices to Canadian police demanding they stop enforcing pandemic orders.
Like the anti-government sovereign citizens movement, from which Didulo has borrowed some tactics, Didulo’s admirers seem to believe they are above the law. A fan in Canada tried to avoid arrest for outstanding warrants by serving a police officer with one of the cease and desist notices, only to be immediately arrested. Didulo herself was was held for a while for a mental health evaluation last year.
Even many QAnon watchers are confused so far about Didulo’s efforts to expand her “kingdom” into the United States. However, according to Sarteschi, the supposed citizens of the “Kingdom of America” and Carlson, a little-known devotee of Didulo, appear to be under her rule.
“They cast her as a leader and ask her permission to do anything,” Sarteschi said. “She’ll post about him and talk about him in speeches, but it sounds like he’s putting her off all the time.”
Didulo’s followers have already started contacting genuine officials in the country, warning them that her reign is about to begin. One of Didullo’s loyal subjects sent a letter to Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, which was later posted on the Telegram, asking her to align the state with the new administration of Didullo and Carlson.
Didulo’s bogus “decrees”, promising to abolish taxes, debt and mortgages, are key to her popularity with her fans. Some are quirky but harmless, including a measure designed to lower speed limits on some roads to improve the popularity of paver driving. But others are sinister and potentially violent. Along with her death penalty for vaccine administrators, Didulo has ordered the death penalty for “offenses” such as distributing pro-vaccination podcasts. The self-proclaimed queen also called for a 30-year prison sentence for journalists who criticize her.
Now Didulo’s American followers are trying to carry out her orders outside of Canada, starting in the United States.
“They want to replicate this movement in the U.S. and they want to use her decrees as law,” Sarteschi said.