This cargo cult collapsed from a high-Metatech civilization. It was taken over by a hierarchy of socially-transmitted, human-hosted memetic viruses. Now those viruses infect hundreds of human hosts each, taking them as soon as they can communicate, owning their every thought and desire. Humanity on this world exists only to act out addictive desires, their cult-like interactions forming the thought processes of the Mindstorm.
The Mindstorm does not think of their hosts as sentient, in the same way that we don't think of individual parts of our brain as being sentient. They may change their minds when beings capable of communicating with them arrive.
The actual characters here are the viruses, which are Static, Dataform, Parasitic, and Multiple. They have a hierarchical arrangement that contains smaller concepts within multiple larger ones - imagine Facebook arranged as a Venn diagram. Damage to one level of the hierarchy ripples to other levels (a good basis for Complications). They subsist on hundreds of people who are Static and Slaved and would need massive reeducation to act like "normal human beings," not that such a phrase has much meaning in SA.