Yeah, the new WarDec trend brought to hi-sec some of 0.0 cancerous concepts. It’s a Faceless Era in EVE, where The Judge can have a character in NC. and GigX clone can print ISK with his Carrier in renter Delve space, if they want. There aren’t personalities under characters anymore - there are Skill Injectors and too many characters on Character Bazaar.
There were many not so bad suggestions about how to fix the broken WardDec, but I barely remember who offered officially to link WarDec to anchored structures only. Definitely it wasn’t a CCP idea and it was a plan behind it since these new Refinery were implemented to the game.
I can’t say about entire hi-sec, but I also checked like 4 or 5 Regions and I noticed similar events there. Since these new moons were implemented to hi-sec, special groups scanned them all to find the best one. There are systems and entire constellations with many good moons. Only those clusters are targets for different big entities currently. Systems with one-two moons are under control of different smaller entities right now. Their purpose is unclear: renting, concurrence, delivery advantages (for far situated in 0.0 entities), safe multi-boxing advantage.
What is the role of new WarDec into this mess? Some players can afford to omega or PLEX-omega multiple characters (3-10) by using 0.0 asset investments. A part of their characters are trained into background normally, while other part were bought on Character Bazaar and trained into Orca or Barge pilots mainly with simple SP queue or Skill Injectors. Hi-sec Exhumer pilot miners are main characters or the second-window ALTs for EVE hi-sec veteran players. Those Athanor/Tatar citadels are under some fictitious name of a big entity, which usually are playing the mercenary role. Hi-sec mercenaries can be in a different corporation even. The most interesting thing is that actually Orca miners are ALTs of the specified local fictitious corporation, but they stay in a NPC corporation to mine safely. Orcas were selected correctly, because they have high mining power, Mining Bursts, storage and anti-gank resilience versus small gangs. As soon you’ll jump to the belt and will try to mine something, few mercenary BS will undock and will mess with you. If you’ll try to shoot at miner’s drone, same will happen, because they are feel freely to trigger the suspect timer or to shoot at suspects. Some mercenaries are ALTs of local miners even. They can stay docked for 3 hours and will undock if something will happen into the belts.
Due to already explained cases, there isn’t a moon mining place in hi-sec for small groups. They can only ninja mining ore, which I recommend to do actively, with Barges and Frigates. To participate into hi-sec renting schemas is a total waste of time. It’s worth until you have like 5 ALTs and in this scenario better jump to 0.0, where the profit can be much higher. Also, it opens new PVP content for interested players - your miner ships can serve nice baits to trigger somebody’s suspect timer.