International Journal of Coercion, Abuse, and Manipulation (IJCAM)
Vo. 6, (2023). Published March 27, 2023.
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The Social Phenomenon of Romana Didulo: "Queen of Canada"
Christine M. Sarteschi, PhD, LCSW
Romana Didulo is a conspiracy theorist who claims to be the ruler of Canada, despite all evidence to the contrary. She has a fairly large following in social media. Her movement, though not easily categorized, can best be described as a combination of QAnon, sovereign citizen/pseudo-legal, conspirituality, and anti-vaccination motifs. This overview explores her belief system, her origins, the evolution of her movement, and the behavior of her followers. This review finds that Didulo poses two main kinds of threats. She: 1) encourages followers to engage in vigilantism, and 2) has created a pool of desperate people who have had their utilities shut off, and lost their vehicles and homes. People are suffering as a result of her edicts.