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# 34
01-06-2013, 08:21 PM
There's no particular reason that Starfleet (or the Federation as a singular entity) would have needed its own ground forces, beyond its security personnel (and, perhaps, some sec-ops types). The individual governments that make up the Federation likely maintain their own combat forces for planetary defence, which could be deployed to assist Starfleet if required.
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BTW, you'd pronounce it 'Cap'n Manks'