a system of government wherein the central government controls the states or provinces
Considerable regions of North China came at once under the direct rule of the Liao.
Two hundred millions are under our direct rule, and the rest are under native rulers who acknowledge our Queen as suzerain.
In India two hundred millions of people are placed under the indirect jurisdiction or the direct rule of the Queen of England.
Under the system of direct rule of the people, all possibility of such interposition would be swept away.
It would therefore seem that the direct rule of the stranger is at least better than his "administration."
Opponents of direct rule are more or less in the habit of speaking of it as the rule of the mob.
But Corfu has never for a moment been under the direct rule of the Turk.
Virginia passed under the direct rule of the crown in 1624, when the charter of the London Company was annulled.
Mahmud retained no possessions in India under his own direct rule.