The year is 2018. 77% of Imperial Citizens carry around tiny entertainment devices which track their every move and infer their every desire. The devices keep the populace constantly distracted by both fantasy worlds (called "video games" or "Netflix", depending on the format), constant reminders of their peers' superficial success(called "social media"), and aggravating information of dubious validity(called "news"). Non-citizens are treated as subhuman.
People are pretty happy with this for some reason.