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Ocampa, also known as the Ocampa homeworld or the Ocampan homeworld, was an inhabited fifth planet in the Ocampa system. Situated near the Caretaker's array, this Delta Quadrant planet was located approximately fifty thousand light years from the galactic core and seventy-five thousand light years from the Badlands in the Alpha Quadrant. The Ocampa were native to this world.

Ocampa had all the characteristics of a class-M planet, with the sole exception of the absence of nucleogenic particles, which left the planet's atmosphere incapable of producing rain and turned its surface into a desert without a single river or ocean.

The city beneath Ocampa's surface

An underground garden

The barrier protecting the Ocampa city

This was not the planet's natural state (in fact, it still had dry riverbeds), but the result of an accident during the exploration of the planet by a group of Nacene ca. 500 Ocampan generations ago. The Ocampa referred to this era as "the Warming". The Nacene took responsibility for their error by constructing a vast underground city, two miles below the surface and protected by security barriers, to give the Ocampa access to the only water left on the planet. The Ocampa were brought to this city by tunnels. They also left behind two members of the exploration team – Suspiria, and an individual who the Ocampa came to know as the Caretaker – to care for the race.

Given that Ocampan females enter the elogium at age four to five, five hundred Ocampan generations might correspond to approximately two thousand to twenty-five hundred years. A statement by Richard James seems to corroborate this, as he referred to a set of ruins on the planet's surface as being two thousand years old (as of 2371). (The Official Star Trek: Voyager Magazine issue 1, p. 71)

Although short of water, the planet was rich in cormaline deposits. The Kazon-Ogla sect maintained an encampment on the planet's southern continent, near a dry riverbed at the foothills of a range of extinct volcanoes to mine its resources. Jabin was the leader of this encampment in the early 2370s.

An image of Ocampa as displayed by a Class 2 shuttle

In 2371, the USS Voyager was transported to the area near Ocampa. Shortly before the Caretaker passed away, it was said that the Ocampa had enough surplus energy to keep the city running for five years. (VOY: "Caretaker", "Before and After") At around this time, Kes, a female Ocampa, returned to the planet. (VOY: "Fury")



Background information

Due to the premise of Star Trek: Voyager, the Ocampa homeworld could not regularly be shown as a setting in the series. (Star Trek: Voyager - A Vision of the Future, p. 164) Scenes of the underground Ocampa city were filmed at the Los Angeles Convention Center. [1] The surface scenes were filmed at the El Mirage Dry Lake Bed. [2]

The underground city on Ocampa was designed by Robert Stromberg. ("The Art of Alien Worlds", VOY Season 4 DVD special feature)

According to Star Trek: Star Charts (p. 78), Ocampa (Ocampa V) was classified as a class H planet. Its capital city was Ocampa (β). The dominant species on this planet was the humanoid Ocampans. In 2378, there were an estimated 230 million Ocampans living on this world. The planet's surface was devastated by the Nacene in the 14th century.

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