Welcome to the "Big four" portal. New Eden is divided into five major empire factions: the Amarr, Minmatar, Caldari, Gallente, and Jove. Of these, the Jove remain segregated, resulting in common references to "the four empires". All four are of human origin; their ancestors entered the cluster thousands of years ago through a natural wormhole. Though most of the first settlements collapsed when the wormhole suddenly closed, a few survived. Today’s races are the descendants of those scattered colonies.
The lore about the "big four" has been published in a great many places. We have novels, short stories, and hundreds of chronicles that cast a light on hereto unseen parts of New Eden. Then there are the newsposts, which for years have described the details of EVE's ongoing storylines; in-game missions and all manner of other in-game texts and information screens, all of whom lend countless threads to the weave of the great world; and, of course, grand events that range from preplanned storyline affairs and game expansions to player-driven wars of conquest, betrayal and drama.
The Big Four Portal aims to collect all this and make it easily accessible to you. Moreover, it tries to show the overarching themes of the major empires, therefore it attempts to fleshing out sections of New Eden's background differently. We're hoping that you will spend a good long while here, preferably neglecting all other personal responsibilities in order to open just one more browser tab.