Eggman, in all his robot making glory, was never able to physically turn their homes against them. With Eggman, there was at least a place to sleep.
it was described as being "Eaten" by their own homes.
You gotta face it through, the ONLY ones who actually really know Nicole well enough are the Freedom Fighters, Chaotix, the Royal Family, and the Council, plus those who decided to befriend her. The citizens barely even noticed her till the whole Iron Dominion fiasco, kinda reminds me of the Justice league Episodes when the people began to distrust and fear the league after finding out it had a giant laser cannon that can wipe out a city.
Mina was in the right to to make the citizens aware, also telling them that they should defend themselves instead of running for the hills and relying on the freedom fighters all the time cause they won't always be around, this was demonstrated pretty well in the recent issue when the citizens of Furville aided Team Fighters$ Course as we all know, Naugus reared his ugly mug during Mina's concert, and her message that she was trying to convey in song got misunderstood and the citizens were as Naugus descibed "Baying for Blood!".