"President-elect Joe Biden" became "President Joe Biden" on Jan. 20, while "President Donald Trump" became "former President Donald Trump" at the same time. But followers of QAnon are still clinging to the hope that in about three weeks, Trump will rise again.

The date March 4 looms large in the Q-niverse, as that is when followers of the conspiracy theory believe Trump will be inaugurated again as the 19th U.S. president.

One question is obvious: How can the 45th president succeed the 46th president and somehow be No. 19?

This is where QAnon and another theory held by the sovereign citizen movement converge. Sovereign citizen belief states the U.S. ceased to exist in 1871.

Julian Feeld, founder, producer and co-host of the "QAnon Anonymous" podcast, explained the fascination.

"The March 4 theory actually comes from sovereign citizen beliefs," Feeld said Wednesday in an appearance on CNN. "Now in the past we haven't seen such a huge overlap, but certain QAnon followers have borrowed full cloth from a belief the last legitimate president was the 18th president, so this goes back to 1871, and this is the belief that Trump will actually be inaugurated as our 19th president."

The sovereign citizen movement believes the nation ceased to exist in 1871. Germany adopted the gold standard for the valuation of its currency that year, according to Johannes Wiegand of the International Monetary Fund, and sovereign citizen theory holds that the decision by the U.S. not to adopt the gold standard turned the country into a corporation. 

According to Feeld, the theory does not recognize any amendment to the constitution since the 15th, which in 1869 gave the right to vote to former male slaves and other Black male citizens.

In context to the point, there have been some significant amendments that would not exist under this theory.

Some of those include the power of Congress to levy and collect income taxes, women having the right to vote, the change of the inauguration to Jan. 20, presidential term limits, the elimination of the poll tax, the ability to remove the president from power for reasons other than death or resignation and changing the minimum age to vote from 21 to 18.

The disappearance of the 20th Amendment is what makes March 4 such a significant date for the QAnon followers. Since the last legitimate president in their view, Ulysses S. Grant, was inaugurated on March 4, 1989, the theory follows March 4 is the date Trump will be inaugurated.

Many followers of the theory further believe an event it refers to as "the Storm" will take place in conjunction with Trump's return.

The Storm is the belief that leading Democrats and some celebrities would be rounded up and detained at Guantanamo Bay for military tribunals. The charges would stem from their alleged roles in a non-existent secret pedophile cabal.

The conspiracy theorist group QAnon (supporters pictured August 2020) claims without evidence that the pandemic is a conspiracy by a cabal of satanist paedophiles who control the world The conspiracy theorist group QAnon (supporters pictured August 2020) claims without evidence that the pandemic is a conspiracy by a cabal of satanist paedophiles who control the world Photo: AFP / Kyle Grillot