At the time of their encounter with the crew of Voyager, most of the Ocampa species had lived in an underground city for the last thousand years. Here, sheltered from the harsh conditions on the surface, the Ocampa lived a life of ease under the guidence of the Caretaker. Although this culture was remarkably stable and peaceful, many of the younger citizens yearned to penetrate to the surface to explore. One such Ocampa, Kes, did in fact manage this only to be captured and enslaved by the Kazon. When the Caretaker died he had stocked the energy reserves of the Ocampa city with sufficient energy to sustain it for five years; after this time they will have to fend for themselves once more.
Although Ocampa have formidable PSI powers, the city dwellers had long ago allowed these abilities to fade through lack of use unti they had become all but a myth. However, once Kes had the chance to experiment on board Voyager she began to develop telepathy, telekinesis, precognition and pyrokinesis. Other Ocampa encountered by Voyager had developed these abilities to a tremendous degree, although their powers may have been externally enhanced by the alien being known as Sisperia.
Unfortunately, it seems likely that nothing will
ever be known of the fate of the Ocampa. With their home city due to run
out of energy in 2376 it is probable that the Kazon will overrun the Ocampa
and enslave or destroy them. On the other hand, many societies have demonstrated
considerable resiliance when faced with a threat to their freedom, and
it is possible that in the long run the loss of their dependance on the
Caretaker will prove to be a very positive factor in the development of