So with some excitement, I found an activated a recently planted beacon. This was a rally point for one of the Empire's militia and once the gate spat me out, I could see a number of brooding battle ship class ships. They locked me soon after and I had to leave unless I wanted my ship to be blown to scrap, however interesting nonetheless. Am waiting for some Amarr Militia members to converge on this spot. There's a number of other beacons, of different types with different ship classes allowed. I was in a rifter class frigate and went to a suitably configured gate and went in. However, the local pod pilot channel was bereft of any pilot, friend or foe.
Patience is required, am sure the militias will rally their troops soon.