Eve Online takes place in a galaxy faraway from humanity’s historical home, planet earth. Whether far or close, and whether or not this cradle of humans still exists, is a mystery. Humans arrived thru a natural wormhole and, staring up upon an alien skies they had never known, were completely not able to determine where this new area was located. From the New Eden solar system, where the gate of EVE once led to the old earth, people expanded in all ways at a quick pace, discovering and colonizing fast.
Then, suddenly and apparently unprovoked, the EVE gate was destroyed in an irreparable catastrophe of a enormity no time before seen by the human race, ruining the New Eden system at the same time. Numerous small settlements were left in full isolation to protect themselves, blocked from the home world. For thousands of years they struglled to survive, clinging to the brink of extinction, and only a few were able to survive.
Of those that lasted, five were to rise up and transform into the major powers which, between them, keep the balance of power in what is Eve Online. At present, they are called the Amarr Empire, the Gallente Federation, the Caldari State, the Minmatar Republic, and the Jovian Empire. At the same time, the world is full of several smaller, self-governing factions and states.
For more than a hundred years, the five powers have coexisted relatively peacefully. They’ve at all times strived to keep up this peace, since each faction realizes only too well the severe results of a large inter-stellar conflict. Recent engineering discoveries in FTL transportation, and the ensuing increase in cosmic travelers, have shaken, but not ruined, the delicate balance... or not yet.