The Jove Empire is located in the far "north" of New Eden, isolated from the rest of the world to all but a selected few by the lack of stargates connecting it to the rest of the cluster.
The Jovians are a mystery to the other races, fueled not only by their elusiveness, but also their highly advanced technology, eons ahead of the other races. The Jovians have been civilized longer than any other race in the world of EVE and have gone through several golden ages, now long-since shrouded in the past. The current Jovian Empire is only a pale shadow of its former self, mainly because of the Jovian Disease - a psychological disorder that is always fatal.
As with all other ships in the game, operating Jove vessels requires a player to be trained in the race's spaceship command skills, and since these skills were completely unavailable to players, only the devs have ever had the privilege of flying one. There are unconfirmed stories of particularly lucky and resourceful players getting their hands on Jove ships or blueprints for them by destroying dev ships, but just like every other incident when a player managed to acquire dev-exclusive items the loot was recovered by CCP. As the ships were removed from the database entirely in 2014, this list is for historical purposes only.